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This Web Page Last Updated: January 9, 2017

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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
35 Boulevard
Lamp Post
E++/OB Yes $ 55 A very nice, silver-painted, die-cast lamp post from 1945-49: has an opalescent, octagonal lampshade that is topped by a cap shaped like a crown of thorns. The quaint fixture measures 6 1/8 inches high. Made before WW2 as well as after but this is the postwar version.
Photo of the back of the lamp post.
Very, very clean, all original and all intact -- and of course, the fixture does light!
Photo of the base underside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (stains; dent); a very, very nice box -- complete; no tape; rather brick-like!
Another view of the box.

File photo showing a 1941-42 prewar version and a postwar version of the #35.
The postwar version is painted silver; the 1941-42 version of the prewar version is painted medium gray.
File photo showing a close-up of the bases of both the prewar and postwar versions.

This useful layout piece is described in one guidebook as "a detailed replica of a prototype design that can still be seen in some American towns and cities." This one is the nicest #35 Lamp Post we have ever had for sale!
125 Whistle Shack E++ Yes $ 55 Also called the "Whistle Station" -- this one is the version from 1951 with the translucent APPLE-GREEN base. Also has a maroon roof and a red toolbox lid.
Photo of the back and toolbox side.
Another great example of Lionel's ingenuity: this accessory shares its house, roof and toolbox cover with the #145 Automatic Gateman; in addition, the whistle mechanism is identical to the ones in tenders with the horizontal version of the whistle such as the streamlined 2046W tenders.
Another view.
Minimal flaws! It is all original, completely intact and very clean!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet (#125-12, dated 8/50) and the correct, original #96C controller.
Photo of the instruction sheet and controller.

We have not had this version of the whistle shack for sale in years. It is a great whistle source for operators who have a transformer with worn-out whistle controls or for someone without a whistling tender. It is a very useful layout piece as it was serviced and it works perfectly!
(160) Metal
Unloading Bin
from 1946 only
E/E+ Yes $ 95
SOLD
An item for the collector who thinks he has one of everything made by Lionel in the postwar era: a short (about 7 inches long), METAL bin -- not plastic or Bakelite! It is identical to the aluminum dumping tray on a 3459 operating ore dump car but not punched for the tilting gear pieces. Has a few small rust spots and that's it for flaws. It is very clean overall with no dents.
Two more views of the bin.
Of course, there is a story! As documented in the "Greenberg Guide to Postwar Lionel Accessories" -- apparently, the 3459 tray was designed to be constructed of steel until Lionel discovered that, when combined with a load of coal, the bin was too heavy and the car would not operate properly. The material was quickly changed to aluminum but trays already produced went out as "160s" with initial production 3459s in 1946.
File photo showing a metal bin with a 3459 Ore Dump Car.
Most collectors don't even know about the unusual metal #160 bin as most of them are found loose and are barely recognized as a Lionel item since there is no identification on the bin.

Only the second metal bin we have ever had for sale and it is certainly presentable. If you like scarce, oddball items from the early postwar era, this little-known, overlooked piece will be a nice addition to your collection.
334 Dispatch Board E++ Yes $295
SOLD
An illuminated, operating Dispatch Board from 1957-60:
Photo of the back of the unit.
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.
Another view 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.
Photo of the side with the steps and terminal hook-up area.
Minimal flaws; it is very clean and nothing is cracked or broken! The unit lights and works perfectly at around 14 volts! Has the original man and the correct 90C controller.
Photo of the controller and an "aerial" view of the unit.

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!
Our Archives Page has more information on 334 Dispatch Boards.
450 Overhead Signal Bridge Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Prototypical, dual-track signal bridge from early 1953:
Photo of the signal bridge.
This authentic-looking accessory has two sets of red & green lights and has an inside width of 7 1/2 inches and an inside height of 6 inches.
Photo of the back of the signal bridge.
Minor rust, a few scratches and a couple of paint chips on the metal bridge plus the plastic bases have some scratches and a small melt mark inside providing evidence that this piece was once used on a layout. The flaws are rather insignificant and the accessory still looks good as it is clean with nice vibrant paint -- plus it works perfectly!
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, contactor and service station listings booklet.
Has the original envelope (part #450-43 and dated 10/52), the original instruction sheet #450-42 (dated 10/52) and the original #153C contactor. It also has the original 1952-1953 Lionel Service Station Listings Booklet (which Lionel included with all of their larger accessories).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; minor stains).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

One of the most realistic signals made by Lionel in the postwar period -- it is a fantastic layout piece!
3530-50 =============
Transformer Pole

for the
3530 GM Generator Car
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E+++ Yes $ 40 Here's an item that does not show up separately very often: the Transformer Pole & Remote Searchlight for the GM Generator Car sold from 1956-58.
Photo of the base.
Minimal flaws, all original, very clean -- and, of course, it does work!

Although sold with the car, this item can also be used separately on a layout.
3656-9 Box of Cattle E++/OB Yes $ 40
SOLD
A complete set of nine (9) good-looking, ORIGINAL black cows in a grade 7 original "Middle Classic" component box from 1949:
Close-up of the herd.
Box flaws: tears, stains, "aged" look; lots of tape. A few imperfections but the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

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 without a tuck flap number) dates these cows as 1949 livestock.

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

Postwar Lionel Transformers
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
ZW Transformer E++ Yes $195 The KING of transformers -- the 275-watt ZW is the largest one made by Lionel in the postwar era!
Another view.
The ZW has it all: four independent variable voltage circuits, circuit breaker, "power on" light, "short circuit" warning light plus whistle controls & directional controls for two of the circuits!
Photo of the new line cord and the back of the transformer.
Minimal cosmetic flaws! It is very, very nice with very strong lettering plus the Bakelite case is intact with no cracks! Rollers for each circuit are new plus the line cord was replaced. It is a very, very clean unit inside and out and everything works properly!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #ZW-134, dated 5/51 (tears, creases, discolored).

The "football-like" shape of the ZW is a familiar sight to all model train fans; it has become an icon of the postwar Lionel era. One train club even uses it as their symbol! If you have an extensive layout or plans for one, the ZW is the only way to go.

Comes with a two-year guarantee!!!
ZW 275-Watt
Transformer
(Model R)
E++ Yes $225 The KING of transformers -- the 275-watt ZW is the largest one made by Lionel in the postwar era!
Another view.
The ZW has it all: four independent variable voltage circuits, circuit breaker, "power on" light, "short circuit" warning light plus whistle controls & directional controls for two of the circuits!
Photo of the back showing the "Model R" designation.
Has some paint loss around the metal base plate screw holes providing evidence that this unit was once used to power up a layout. That's it for cosmetic flaws -- it is very, very nice with gorgeous lettering plus the Bakelite case is intact with no cracks! Rollers for each circuit are new plus the line cord was replaced. It is a very, very clean unit inside and out and everything works properly!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #ZW-251, dated 1/61.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures; some dirt & stains; writing).
Another view of the box.
The orange corrugated box was made by Kraft Corrugated Container, Inc.
Photo of the bottom of the box.
Has all four inserts and this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the four box inserts.
A store label on the box provides a little history of this unit: the transformer was originally sold by STEVENS, a "Mom & Pop" store that was once located at 50-02 Queens Blvd. in Woodside, New York!

The 275-watt ZW was made from 1950-1966 but the box and the instruction sheet date this transformer as a 1960's piece.

Note that the "Model R" designation provided by Lionel for ZWs made in 1957 and for years thereafter reflected improvements made internally for ease of assembly. There is no difference in functionality between a "Model R" ZW or the earlier ones built before 1957.

The "football-like" shape of the ZW is a familiar sight to all model train fans; it has become an icon of the postwar Lionel era. One train club even uses it as their symbol! If you have an extensive layout or plans for one, the ZW is the only way to go.

Comes with a two-year guarantee!!!

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