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This Web Page Last Updated: February 21, 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
PV Plasticville ===> ===> ===> If you are working on your layout and need some buildings, we have four of the more desirable Plasticville items for sale.
Click here to go to our Other Page to read about four boxed pieces: the 1800 Large Gas Station, the 1804 Greenhouse, the 1901 Union Station and the 1907 Apartment Building.
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!
93 Water Tower ===> ===> ===> If you are looking for a #93 (all-metal) Water Tower, we have a very clean, boxed prewar one for sale.
Click here to go to our Prewar Page to read about a very nice Water Tower from 1936.
125 Whistle Shack E++ Yes $ 55
SOLD
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!
145 Operating Gateman E++/OB Yes $110
SOLD
Ever-popular and vigilant Gateman with swinging lantern:
Photo of the shack.
Version from 1954 -- has an illuminated shack, original crossbuck, maroon roof and red toolbox lid; it measures 5 3/4 inches long, 7 inches wide and 6 3/4 inches high.
Photo of the handsome Gateman performing his duties.
A few small paint chips on the base and that's about it for flaws! It is sharp: all intact and very, very clean and rust free -- plus the base tabs were never bent! Has the original "LIONELVILLE" sign above the door. The figure is the version with painted hands and face.
Photo of the back of the shack.
Needs very little power: it lights and works perfectly at 13 volts!
Another view of the shack.
Includes the original envelope (#145-39) plus the original instruction sheet #145-51 (dated 1/54), correct original 145C contactor, three unused (still coiled) connecting wires and the original inspection slip!
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, 145C contactor, connecting wires & inspection slip.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a few stains on the lid and that's about it for flaws).
Another view of the box.
Has the RARE insert and this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy - plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the insert.

The 145 Gateman is a common item -- but not in this condition! If you don't have a Gateman, this would be the one to buy. It is a great layout piece; it is nice -- and in a brick-like box!
154 Highway
Crossing Signal
E+ Yes $ 30 Very useful illuminated highway crossing signal offered by Lionel for many years: version from 1949 with die-cast crossbuck with black lettering plus screw-type bulbs in the target.
Photo of the back of the signal.
The crossbuck has yellowed with age plus there is a small amount surface rust on the back of the crossbuck. In addition, the bulbs are reproduction items. The signal is very clean overall with gorgeous lettering.
Close-up of the crossbuck and bulbs.
Includes the correct #154C contactor and the correct original instruction sheet #154-20, dated 7-49.
Photo of the instruction sheet and contactor.

Note that this signal has a die-cast crossbuck with raised (embossed) lettering which identifies it as an early postwar signal. The lettering on the prewar version is not raised.
File photo showing the crossbuck on a prewar version and a postwar version.

A good-looking signal -- plus it works perfectly! Hard to envision a layout without a highway crossing signal.
156 Station Platform E+/OB Yes $110 Illuminated Station Platform from 1947 with these original signs: (LIONEL Chem-Lab -- BABY RUTH -- SUNOCO -- RIVAL). Original red roof and green base.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the roof plus some paint loss around the mounting holes on the base providing evidence that this piece was once used on a layout. That's about it for flaws -- it has the original fencing and this station is 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 but they are also very clean with nice graphics overall.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; small pieces of tape; factory ID stamping; mildly distorted; stains; some dirt; end label is torn; "period" writing; no insert). Despite the list of flaws, this box is still decent as it has all of the flaps and it is sturdy. It will protect the station in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.
This Fort Wayne Corrugated Paper Co. corrugated box has the year (indicated by "47") preprinted on one side.
Photo of the manufacturer's information and year.

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.
252 Highway
Crossing Gate
E+ Yes $ 25
SOLD
A very useful operating, illuminated crossing gate from 1955:
Photo with the gate down.
The white plastic has yellowed with age (very common) but the color is uniform and the gate still looks fine as it is clean with very nice striping -- plus it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the instruction sheet and contactor plus an "aerial" view of the gate.
Includes the original instruction sheet #145-56, dated 1/55 (tears, creases, stains, tape) and the correct, original #145C contactor.

I can't imagine a layout without at least one of these prototypical crossing gates.
310 Billboard Set E/E+
OB
Yes $ 45 A complete set of 8 card-stock billboards with 5 plastic frames. This 1953 assortment of original billboards includes these ads: (PLYMOUTH -- WRIGLEY'S -- COCO COLA -- HEINZ -- FRIGIDAIRE -- DuPONT -- SUNOCO -- SILVER SPRINGS).
Photo of the billboards arranged as they originally appeared in the uncut sheet.
All of the frames are close to like new; all of the billboards are in excellent (or better) condition. The billboards were separated and some have some minor tears and some have a little dirt but have no major flaws.
Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

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)!

Need illumination for your billboards? We have the 410 blinking billboard light listed below!
410 Billboard Blinker
with
Frame & Billboard
E+ Yes $ 45 A blinking lamp metal fixture from 1956-1958: has an adjustment to control the rate of blinking. A few small rust spots on the base but nothing major and that's it for flaws! It is very clean overall and it works perfectly!
Photo of the back.
Comes with a FREE "BABY RUTH" billboard from 1952 and a FREE green #310 plastic frame. (Lionel sold the billboards & frames separately.)
Photo of the 410 attached to a billboard.

Always a great item to dress up a layout!

Need some billboards and frames? We have the 310 billboard Set from 1953 listed above!
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
On
HOLD
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.

Postwar Lionel Transformers
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
TW 175-Watt
Transformer
E++/OB Yes $ 95 A medium-sized 175-watts transformer from the mid-50s: has a "power ON" light, a whistle control, a built-in circuit breaker and four separate fixed voltage circuits -- two 14-volt connections plus an 18-volt connection and a 25-volt connection!
Photo of the new line cord and the back of the transformer.
Minimal flaws! The case is completely intact and the unit is very clean with very nice lettering on the faceplate. The line cord was replaced and everything works properly!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #21-80, dated 8/54.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (top flaps have tears & creases; "period" writing; no insert).
Another view of the box.
This St. Joe/Kraft corrugated box is very presentable as it is clean, square & sturdy plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the bottom of the box.

The TW transformer is described in the "Greenberg Accessories" guidebook as being unique among all postwar Lionel transformers because it has a separate power source for constant voltage to accessories that is completely independent of the main coil; essentially, the TW is a "transformer within a transformer!" With its four separate fixed-voltage connections, the TW provides significant versatility to an operator as it is strong enough to provide power to the main line of a medium-sized layout and still have enough strength to energize some accessories and street lights! We have not had a TW transformer for sale in years.

Comes with a two-year guarantee!!!
ZW Transformer E++ Yes $175 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 $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 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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