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This Web Page Last Updated: February 20, 2018

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel accessories and includes the following:

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Postwar Lionel Accessories
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
45N Operating Gateman Ex./OB Yes $ 85 The ever-popular and vigilant Gateman with swinging lantern:
Photo of the shack.
Metal version from 1948 with aluminum-painted pole, nickel finial and die-cast crossbuck sign. Has toolbox with plain lid plus green base, red roof & door and cream-colored shack.
Another view.
The roof has some box rub; the base has some scratches and paint loss; the shack has a few tiny paint chips. The accessory is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering on the crossbuck!
Photo showing the handsome Gateman making an appearance.
Lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the terminal hookup side.

Has the correct, original #153C contactor plus the original instruction sheet #153C-22 (dated 7/48).
Photo of the contactor and the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; label is faded; some discoloration; tape; "period" writing; no insert). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the open end of the box.
The Gair Bogota Corporation box and instruction sheet help to identify this piece as a 1948 item!
Close-up of the manufacturer's data.

The iconic Lionel Gateman was the best-selling item that the company ever produced. Initially manufactured in 1935, it symbolizes a by-gone era and evokes memories for a lot of individuals who had a Gateman "performing his duty" on their layout. This one is ready for a layout!
Our Soviet Union Archives has the story of "Comrade Gateman" -- the Russian version.
64 Highway
Lamp Post
VG Yes $ 45 A mint-green, die-cast, scale highway lamp post from the '40s: measures 6 3/4 inches high. Made before WW2 as well as after but there is no way to distinguish the postwar version from the prewar version.
Another view of the lamp post.
The fixture has various paint chips and some box rub but it's clean overall with nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
Close-up of both the top and the bulb.
Like the #35 Boulevard Lamp, the 64 Lamp Post was always painted after it was assembled resulting in green-painted wiring underneath!
An "aerial" view plus a close-up of the underside of the base.

Has a unique white rounded bulb that was never used on any other Lionel item; in addition it has never been reproduced accurately and knowledgeable operators keep the voltage level below 12 volts so as to preserve its life. The bulb in this lamp post is yellowed with age but it is an original one and it still works!
154 Highway
Crossing Signal
E+/OB Yes $ 55
Very useful illuminated highway crossing signal offered by Lionel for many years: later version from 1953 with plastic crossbuck and bayonet-base bulbs in the target.
Photo of front and back of the signal.
Some paint loss around the mounting holes on the base providing evidence that it was once used on a layout and that's about it for flaws! The signal is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering on the crossbuck.
An "aerial" view showing the base.
Includes the original #154-23 parts envelope containing the correct #154C contactor, original instruction sheet #154-20 (dated 5-53) and three (used) connecting wires.
Photo of the instruction sheet, envelope, contactor & wires.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape). The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking signal -- plus it works perfectly! Hard to envision a layout without a highway crossing signal.
156 Station Platform E+/OB Yes $185 Illuminated Station Platform from 1949 with these original signs: (LIONEL CONSTRUCTION KITS -- BABY RUTH -- SUNOCO -- RIVAL). Original red roof and green base.
Photo of the other side.
Small amount of discoloration on the base plus some rub marks on the roof and that's about it for flaws on the structure -- it has new (repro) fencing and this station is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
Close-up showing one side of all four signs.
The ORIGINAL signs have a few minor scratches & crazing but they are very clean with nice graphics overall.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor stains; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has both inserts and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 156 Station Platform Boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the box inserts.
This corrugated box was made by the Gair Bogota Corp.
Photo of the manufacturer's information.

This very popular, prewar carryover piece is always a nice addition to any layout and many operators have purchased six (6) over the years to try to duplicate the Lionel layout scene in New York in the late 40's.
175-200 Control Panel E+ Yes $ 95 Illuminated, multi-function controller that originally came with a 175 rocket launcher; it is used for the movement of the gantry, the countdown and the firing of the rocket. This item is often missing from the accessory or not working properly.
Close-up of the "WARNING" light display.
A few light scratches plus the decal has a few chips and that's about it for flaws! It is complete, all intact and clean overall with nice lettering -- plus it was serviced by us and it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the back.

Since it has all of the features as the 413 Countdown Control Panel (plus more), it can also be used to operate other space and military items remotely! We have not had this item for sale separately in over two years!
310 Billboard Set See Notes
Yes $ 50 A complete set of 10 card-stock billboards with 5 plastic frames. This assortment of original billboards from 1952 has five automobile & travel-related ads plus five food & home-related ads: (PLYMOUTH -- WRIGLEY'S -- SUNSWEET -- HEINZ -- FRIGIDAIRE -- BABY RUTH -- DuPONT -- SUNOCO -- SILVER SPRINGS -- GENERAL TIRE).
Photo of the five frames with automobile & travel-related billboards.
All five frames are clean and completely intact; they are in excellent plus (or better) condition. The billboards were separated and have various minor tears, stains and ragged edges; overall the billboards are in very good (or better) condition.
Photo of the five food & home-related billboards.

Photo of the box.
CORRECT original 1952 "OPS Middle Classic" box (grade 7 -- tears; creases; writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It also has the OPS label identifying this accessory as a 1952 item.
Another view of the box.
The frames and billboards are fairly common -- the 1952 OPS box is scarce!

Note: The 310 set always included five plastic green frames; however through the years, Lionel provided either ten (five extra), eight (three extra), six (one extra) or five billboards in the set -- and in the later years only three billboards (or two less than the number of frames)!
334 Dispatch Board E+/OB Yes $295 An illuminated, operating Dispatch Board from 1957-60: has a light green board with white lettering on the front plus a multi-colored Airex advertisement and a simulated, lithographed "LIONEL TRAVEL CENTER" on the back.
Photo of the back of the unit.
The base measures 9 7/8 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches deep and the overall height of the unit is 7 1/2 inches.
Two side views of the unit.
A couple of minor paint chips and one light scratch on the board plus a few light scuff marks on the black shroud and that's about it for flaws! The unit is very, very clean and nothing is cracked or broken! The unit lights and works perfectly at around 12 volts! Has the original man.
Photo of the instruction sheet and the controller.
Includes the original instruction sheet #334-86, dated 9/57 (tears, creases, stains) and the correct 90C Controller.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; stains; writing).
Another view of the box.
This corrugated box was made by the Express Container Corp.
Photo of the back showing the box manufacturer's identification and data.
Has ALL THREE inserts (some creases) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere! this is the first 334 box we have ever had with all three inserts!
Photo of the box inserts.

A great layout piece -- when this clever accessory is energized, the board lights up and the man walks across the front while the dial spins to show the next arriving train. We have not had many Dispatch Boards over the years and this 334 is a nice one -- and it is in a strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 334 Dispatch Boards.
394 Rotary
Beacon Tower
E- Yes $125
A very unusual piece: the metal (stamped steel) Rotary Beacon Tower painted "oil derrick" GREEN!
Another view of the tower.
This version was one of the earliest of the beacon towers and it was produced in 1949 and 1950 only.
Photo of the platform.
Some minor paint chips and rust spots plus a few mild creases and some foreign paint on the base providing evidence that it was once used on a layout. That's it for flaws! It is very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and it does work.
A close-up of the ID plate and the base.

The 394 works by means of heat generated by the special dimple bulb which rotates the lens housing. The heat creates an updraft that exits through the vents in the housing causing the top to rotate. The dark-green 394 is very hard to find! It is the rarest of the 394 towers! Only the third one we have ever had for sale!
455 Oil Derrick Ex./OB Yes $260
One of my favorite accessories: the bubbling and pumping Oil Derrick:
Photo of the derrick.
Has a red metal base with a green tower and platform. The base contains a black drum rack, maroon walking beam plus an orange generator. The base measures 9 7/8 inches wide by 5 1/4 inches deep and the overall height of the unit is 14 inches.
Photo of the other side of the derrick.
When the unit is energized, the lamp under the bubbling tube lights up which then heats the oil in the tube causing small vapor bubbles to rise to the top thus creating the illusion of flowing oil. In addition, a solenoid and plunger mechanism under the base drives the walking beam to rock back and forth intermittently to simulate oil pumping.
Close-up of the sign, identification plate and oil drum rack.
The base has some paint chips, scratches and box rub and that's it for flaws! The unit is completely intact and very clean with nice vibrant paint!
Close-up of the spigot area with a drum about to be filled.
The unit lights, bubbles and works perfectly!
Close-up of the generator and walking beam.
Has the ORIGINAL Sunoco sign plus the correct, original 364C slide switch, the four original oil drums and an original instruction sheet #455-81, dated 5/51 (technically incorrect as it should have a 1950 date).
Photo of the slide switch, oil drums, instruction sheet & Sunoco sign.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box.
Another view of the box.
The 455 Oil Derrick was sold from 1950 to 1954 but the preprinted orange end labels on the box helps to date this piece as a 1950 item. This corrugated St. Joe Paper Company box also has the year preprinted on the side.
Photo of the data side of the box.
Box flaws: tears, creases, stains, Christmas stickers, small pieces missing, writing, tape). Has the box insert and even with the imperfections, this box is solid as it is square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

A fantastic accessory for a layout! The 455 Oil Derrick is a very realistic-looking piece that is also very reliable!
3656-9 Box of Cattle E+++/OB Yes $ 45
A complete set of nine (9) good-looking, ORIGINAL black cows in a grade 8 original "Middle Classic" component box from 1952-55:
Another view of the box.
Box flaws: tears & creases. The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!

The cows are for the 3656 Cattle Car and 3656-150 Cattle Corral and they came in component boxes from 1949 to 1958 but this "Middle Classic" box (with "American Toys" logo and with a tuck flap number plus "3656-34" on all four sides) dates these cows as 1952-55 livestock.

Note: original cows work much better than the repros that have been made over the years!

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