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Postwar Lionel Accessories
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
125 Whistle Shack E+/OB Yes $ 95 Also called the "Whistle Station" -- this one is the version from late 1953 to 1955 with the LIGHT GRAY base. The shack is white with a red door, red windows, red toolbox lid and a maroon roof.
Photo of the shack.
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 of the shack.
A few scuffs above the toolbox lid and that's about it for flaws! It is completely intact, very clean and all original!
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, controller and connecting wires.
Comes with the original packing envelope #125-11, correct original instruction sheet #125-12 (dated 4/53), the correct, original #96C controller and three unused (still coiled) green connecting wires.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; writing; no insert.
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this St. Joe Paper Co. corrugated box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!

We have not had this version of the whistle shack for sale in over eight 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. This one was serviced and it works perfectly! It is a nice piece in a presentable box!
138 Water Tower E++/OB Yes $125 The operating Water Tower from 1957: has an orange roof, light-brown trestle, chocolate-brown single-walled tank and a gray base. It measures 6 inches wide and 10 1/8 inches tall.
Another view of the water tower.
Some minor rust on the interior metal parts (can only be seen by removing the roof) and that's about it for flaws. It is very, very clean -- and completely intact!
Photo of the controller, instruction sheet and Service Station Booklet.
Has the correct original #90 controller, the correct original #138-29 instruction sheet, dated 3/56 (creases & minor stains) and the original 1956-1957 Lionel Service Station Listings Booklet (which Lionel included with many of their larger accessories).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; writing; missing the small insert).
Another view of the box.
This St. Joe Paper Company corrugated box has the year (indicated by "7") preprinted on the bottom.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data, identification and year.
A label on the box provides a little history of this particular accessory -- it was originally sold by the famous Madison Hardware of New York City!
Photo of the elaborate box insert.
Has the larger insert and this box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!

A sharp accessory in a strong box! It is a fantastic layout piece and the spout action works nicely. If you have a steam engine, this accessory is a great addition to your display.
140 Banjo Signal Ex./OB Yes $ 32 Very useful illuminated warning signal from 1966: this action-oriented accessory has a moving arm that crosses in front of a painted bulb thereby creating the illusion of a flashing red light. It has a die-cast base with a plastic crossbuck.
Photo of the front & back of the signal.
Has the correct, original 145C contactor and the original instruction sheet #145-56, dated 3/61 plus three original (used) connecting wires!
Another view.
Some box rub and discoloration but very clean and completely intact with strong lettering.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrape from a price sticker removal; scuffs; window missing). Has the insert and this box is decent as it is clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
The 140 was offered by Lionel for many years but this one is the later version with the very uncommon window box dating this item as a 1966 piece; it was the last 140 signal made in the postwar era.

Great layout piece that lights and works perfectly!
145 Operating Gateman E+/OB Yes $ 55 Ever-popular and vigilant Gateman with swinging lantern from 1951:
Photo of the handsome Gateman performing his duties.
The accessory measures 5 3/4 inches long, 7 inches wide and 6 3/4 inches high.
Photo of the shack showing the crossbuck in the alternate position.
Has an illuminated shack, maroon roof and red toolbox lid.
Photo of the other side of the shack.
Has the original crossbuck and the original "LIONELVILLE" sign above the door. The figure is the correct version with painted hands and face.
Photo of the toolbox and back of the shack.
A few paint chips and moisture spots on the base plus the common oxidation and rust spots on the base underside and that's about it for flaws! It is all intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint -- plus all four base tabs are still present! The unit lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the base underside.

Has the correct original instruction sheet #145-40 dated 10/51 (minor flaws) and the correct original 145C contactor.
Photo of the instruction sheet & 145C contactor.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; minor stains; no insert). This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
This St. Joe Paper Company corrugated box has the year "1951" preprinted on it.

The 145 Gateman is a common item -- but not in this condition! If you like adding interest to your layout, consider this Gateman. It is nice -- and in a very strong box!
154 Highway
Crossing Signal
E+/OB Yes $ 49 Very useful illuminated highway crossing signal from 1950: version with plastic crossbuck and bayonet-base bulbs in the target.
Photo of front and back of the signal.
A few muted (but certainly readable) letters on the crossbuck plus some scuffs on the base and that's about it for flaws! The signal is very clean and it works perfectly!.
Photo of the base of the signal plus the contactor.
Has the correct #154C contactor, correct original instruction sheet (tears, creases, tape) #154-20 (dated 2-50) and three used original connecting wires.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue; "aged" look). A very presentable box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The 154 signal was sold in the prewar era plus every postwar year through 1969 (except for 1967). However, the plastic crossbuck, bulb type, "Middle Classic" box and instruction sheet date all help to date this one as a 1950 accessory.

Hard to envision a layout without a highway crossing signal.
Two different versions of the 156 Station Platform:
156 Station Platform E++ Yes $135 Illuminated Station Platform from 1946-1949 with these ORIGINAL signs: (LIONEL CONSTRUCTION KITS -- BABY RUTH -- SUNOCO -- RIVAL). Original red roof and green base.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the base but that's about it for flaws on the structure; has reproduction fencing. This station is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
Close-up showing one side of all four signs.
Minimal flaws on the signs! They are all are very, very clean with nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

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.
156 Station Platform E+ Yes $125 Illuminated Station Platform from 1946-1949 with these ORIGINAL signs: (REMINGTON TYPEWRITERS -- BABY RUTH -- SUNOCO -- RIVAL). Original red roof and green base.
Photo of the other side.
Minor paint chips on the roof plus the base has some paint loss around one of the mounting holes and that's about it for flaws on the structure; has reproduction fencing. This station is very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
Close-up showing one side of all four signs.
Minor flaws on the signs! They are all are very clean with nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

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.
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193 Blinking
Water Tower
E+/OB Yes $195 A flashing water tower from 1955: gray plastic base with a green shed, red-painted metal tower with a black cardboard center pipe plus a silver catwalk and silver tank with a black metal ladder. The base measures 6 inches wide by 6 inches deep. The overall height of the unit is 15 7/8 inches and the flashing light is achieved by means of a bimetallic switch located inside the tank.
Two views of the Water Tower.
Small amount of paint loss on the tower on one side plus some minor box rub on the tank and that's about it for flaws!
Close-up of the tank and catwalk.
The unit is completely intact and very, very clean with nice silver and vibrant red paint on the tower!
Close-up of the base.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (creases; stains; one end is discolored; "period" writing).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
The box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. and the part number is 193-26. It is the later version which opens from the side.
Photo of the bottom of the box showing the box manufacturer's data.
Has the insert and this box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert, instruction sheet, wires & wrapping paper.
Includes the original instruction sheet #193-24, dated 6-53 (creases & discolored) dated 6-53, both unused (still-coiled) connecting wires and the small piece of original Lionel wrapping paper used to protect the tank top from box rub!

Fantastic layout piece: it is prototypical and it works perfectly!
195 Floodlight Tower E+/OB Yes $ 85 A Railroad Yard Light from early 1959: the tower measures 12 3/4 inches high, has an 8-light bank and is great for nighttime operations!
Photo of the base of the Tower.
Some burrs around the mounting holes on the base providing evidence that this fixture was once used on a layout and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean piece with no cracks -- and of course it does work! Version with plain tower top.
File photo showing the plain top version and the later version from the '60s.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (stains; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #195-25 (dated 9/59).

Nice, useful piece for a layout and it is in the nicest 195 box we have ever had!
260 Two
Lighted

Track
Bumpers
Good Yes $ 17
for
the
Pair!
A pair of red-painted, die-cast, illuminated bumpers from 1951-57: earlier version for "O" gauge & "027" track (but not Super O track; each one has large "feet" and a notch in the center-rail pickup).
Another view of the bumpers.
Both bumpers have paint loss from scuffs band scrapes but they are both very clean overall -- and they do light!
Photo of the bottom of the bumpers.

File photo showing the bottom of both an early version & a later version of the #260 bumper.

Bumpers are a must for any layout with sidings or separate track sections dedicated to a #50 Gang Car, #52 Fire Car, #60 Trolley, #65 Handcar or a #69 Maintenance Car.
310 Billboard Set See Notes
OB
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 close to like new. The billboards were separated and have various minor tears, stains and ragged edges plus half of them have some green paint on the back providing evidence that they once adorned a layout; 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; some dirt & stains). A few flaws but the box is complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It also has the preprinted OPS information 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)!
413 Countdown
Control Panel
E+ Yes $ 60 An interesting and useful accessory sold by Lionel in 1962 only: the panel is molded gray plastic with black lettering and red "START" and "FIRE" buttons plus a red countdown control dial. It has two electrical connections on the bottom and measures 6 3/4 inches at the widest point, 4 1/2 inches deep and 2 1/2 inches high. Similar to a 175 rocket launcher controller, it can be used to control any device requiring a push "ON" type switch.
Another view of the Control Panel.
Has some discoloration of the metal base underside from rust that was removed and that's about it for flaws! The panel is all intact and very clean with superb lettering and all of the functions work properly!
Photo of the underside of the Control Panel.

This separate-sale, one-year-only item is not that easy to find and it has been over seven years since we have had one for sale!

Part of the "Space & Military" series, it was designed for use as a remote control electrical contact switch to activate any of the firing and launching cars! Essentially, it affords an operator with a more sophisticated way to control the launching of rockets, missiles, satellites and helicopters.
445 Switch Tower E++/OB Yes $ 85 A gorgeous, illuminated, operating Switch Tower from 1952-53: white building, green roof, maroon base. The tower measures 6 1/4 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide and 7 inches high. Includes the correct original 145c contactor.
Photo of the tower.
A very clever accessory: when the unit is energized, the man on the balcony retreats inside the building while the man holding the lantern on the side porch descends the stairs to meet the train!
Photo of the other two sides.
Minimal flaws! It is all original, completely intact and very, very clean -- plus it lights and works perfectly!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; writing, puncture; scrapes; price sticker remnants; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square & sturdy and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great layout item that provides some action -- and it comes in a very presentable box!
494 Operating
Beacon Tower
E-/OB Yes $ 55 A handy operating accessory from 1955: this one has the stamped-steel base, tower and platform (all painted red). The tower base measures 5 inches wide by 5 inches long and the overall height of the unit is 11 3/4 inches.
Close-up of the beacon and platform.
Some paint chips and box rub on the tower! It is a very clean with nice vibrant paint! The beacon housing has the usual tarnishing but it is all original!
Close-up of the base and nameplate.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #494-38, dated 2/55 (tears, creases and a little discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; punctures; stains; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is decent as it is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
The 494 beacon Tower was available from 1954 to 1966 but the color, instruction sheet and "Middle Classic" box all help to date this item as a 1955 accessory.

The 494 with its vibrator-driven beacon, works much better than the earlier 394 tower with the heat-driven beacon as the change made by Lionel greatly improved operation with immediate, more rapid and consistent rotation of the beacon. This one will add interest to any layout as it lights & works perfectly!
3656-34 Box of Cattle E+++/OB Yes $ 30 A complete set of nine (9) good-looking, ORIGINAL black cows in a grade 7 original "Middle Classic" component box from 1952-55:
Another view of the cows and another view of the box.
Box flaws: tears, creases, "aged" look. It is very presentable: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- with no tape anywhere.

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 "3656-34" on all four long 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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