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This Web Page Last Updated: September 8, 2019

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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
64 Highway
Lamp Post
VG Yes $ 25
SOLD
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!
156 Station Platform VG+ Yes $ 95
SOLD
Illuminated Station Platform from late 1949 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 both on the roof and base plus some discoloration on the base under the signs but that's about it for flaws on the structure -- it has 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 and the Sunoco sign has some rust on one side. Overall the signs 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.
156 Station Platform ===> ===> ===> We also have a prewar 156 Station Platform for sale; it is the very uncommon version with GRAY-painted posts!
Click here to go to our Prewar Page to read about a nice, boxed Station Platform from 1942 with the unusual "FLEERS BUBBLE GUM sign!
310 Billboard Sheet E/E+ Yes $ 35 A complete UNCUT set of 6 card-stock billboards made in 1955 (but used by Lionel again in 1956). This assortment of original billboards includes these ads: (DuPONT -- WRIGLEY'S -- SNOW CROP -- LOG CABIN -- KOOL-AID -- FRAM).
A close-up of the DuPont billboard with the year showing in the corner printing.
All of the billboards are in excellent (or better) condition with only minor flaws including small tears & small creases plus a little discoloration on some. The billboards were not separated but as usual, two were folded over by Lionel (in the crease provided) to fit inside a set box.

If you have a boxed 1955 or 1956 Lionel train set, it is not complete without this billboard sheet!
Three Different 310 Billboard Sets with Frames:
310 Billboard Set E+/OB Yes $ 55 A complete set of 5 card-stock billboards with 5 plastic frames. This assortment of original billboards from 1961 includes these ads: NAVY -- CITIES SERVICE GAS -- Swift's Premium FRANKS -- LIONEL SCIENCE SERIES and a "TARGET RANGE" bull's eye for use with military items.
Photo of the five frames and the billboards.
All five frames are clean and completely intact; they are in excellent plus (or better) condition. The billboards were separated but have minimal flaws and they are also in excellent plus (or better) condition.
Close-up of the "TARGET" billboard.

Photo of the box.
CORRECT original (later version) box (grade 6 -- tears; creases; tape inside; "period" writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square & sturdy.
Another view of the box.

This item is unusual in a few ways: (1) the frames are a light green (not the common dark green); (2) the later-version box is very hard to find; and (3) the "TARGET" billboard still has the instructions attached indicating how this billboard could be used in concert with Lionel's "exciting missile launchers."

This is the first 310 Billboard Set from 1961 we have ever had available for sale!
310 Billboard Set Good/VG
OB
Yes $ 25 A complete set of 10 card-stock billboards with 5 plastic frames. This assortment of original billboards from 1951 has five automobile/travel-related ads plus five food/home-related ads: (AMERICA'S BIG THREE: GRAND CANYON, NIAGARA FALLS, SILVER SPRINGS -- ATLANTIC GAS -- BABY RUTH -- DuPONT ANTI-FREEZE -- FRIGIDAIRE -- GENERAL TIRE -- HALLICRAFTERS TELEVISIONS -- HEINZ SOUPS -- PLYMOUTH -- WRIGLEY'S).
Photo of all ten billboards.
All of the frames are intact and in excellent-plus (or better) condition. The billboards all have some minor flaws: small tears, creases, ragged edges, small amount of dirt; overall the billboards are in good/very good condition.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Middle Classic" box (tears; creases; puncture; scrapes; stains; tape inside; glue residue; mildly distorted). Lots of flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Note: The 310 set from 1951 always included five plastic green frames and ten billboards; however in other years, Lionel provided either 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)!
310 Billboard Set VG+/OB Yes $ 40 A complete set of 8 card-stock billboards with 5 plastic frames. This assortment of original billboards from 1950 includes these ads: (AMERICA'S BIG THREE: GRAND CANYON, NIAGARA FALLS, SILVER SPRINGS -- BABY RUTH -- DuPONT ANTI-FREEZE -- FORD -- NASH -- PLYMOUTH -- NORTHERN TISSUE -- WRIGLEY'S).
Photo of the eight billboards.
All of the frames are in excellent plus (or better) condition (intact and very clean). The billboards all have some minor flaws: small tears, ragged edges, small amount of dirt. Overall the billboards are in very good plus (or better) condition.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original "Middle Classic" box (a few stains; minor tears; "aged" look). This box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 310 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.
An old store price sticker on the box provides a little history of this accessory: it was originally sold by one of the "Sears, Roebuck and Co." stores -- a department store chain founded in 1893 that still exists to this day (barely).

The 1950 set is particularly interesting in that there are three different ads for car manufacturers and another for an automotive product!

Note: The 310 set from 1950 always included five plastic green frames and eight billboards; 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)!
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334 Dispatch Board E+/OB Yes $175 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.
410 Billboard Blinker
with
Frame & Billboard
E++ Yes $ 35
SOLD
A blinking lamp metal fixture from 1956-1958: has an adjustment to control the rate of blinking. Minimal flaws -- it is very clean and it works perfectly!
Photo of the back.
Comes with a FREE "AIREX" billboard from 1957-58 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!
494 Operating
Beacon Tower
E++/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
A handy operating accessory from early 1956: 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.
The beacon housing is tarnished but it is all original! Minimal flaws on the tower! It is a very, very clean piece with nice vibrant paint!
Close-up of the base and nameplate.

Photo of the box -- brace yourself, the box is not exactly pretty.
Grade 5 (rather ugly) original box (loads of tape; tears; creases; distorted; small pieces missing; no insert).
Another view of the box.
Although the box is a bit of a fright, it does have all of the flaps. It will protect the piece in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #494-38, dated 12/55 (tears, creases and insect nibbles).

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 lights & works perfectly; it is a very, very nice piece that will add interest to any layout!

Postwar Lionel Transformers
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
KW 190-Watt
Transformer
E++ Yes $110 The 190-watt KW is one of the biggest transformers produced by Lionel in the postwar era.
Close-up of the identification plate.
A very versatile transformer, it has two independent variable voltage circuits, three fixed voltage circuits (6V, 14V & 20V), a circuit breaker, a "short circuit" warning light plus whistle controls & directional controls for each of the variable circuits!
Another view of the transformer.
Minimal cosmetic flaws! The Bakelite case is very, very nice -- no cracks and minimal flaws! Rollers for each variable circuit are new plus the line cord was replaced and everything works properly!
Photo of the new line cord and the back of the transformer.
Has a nice rust-free metal base and it is one of the cleanest KW transformers we have ever had!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes an original instruction sheet #20-97, dated 9/50 (tears, creases, tape, discolored).

With 190 watts of power, two independent controls and the additional three fixed circuits, the KW is ideal for layouts with plenty of action -- and the many features of the KW have led to it being called the "transformer of choice for accessory laden layouts." In addition, if you are planning a large layout, two KWs (which would provide 380 watts of power) are a better value than a single 275-watt ZW!

Comes with a two-year guarantee!!!
LW 125-Watt
Transformer
E+++/OB Yes $110 Very useful 125-watts transformer sold by Lionel in 1965 and 1966. Has a circuit breaker, whistle control, directional control plus individual circuits for both variable voltage and fixed voltage.
Photo of the back showing the data plate and line cord.
A gorgeous transformer: the Bakelite case is very, very clean and completely intact with minimal flaws! The metal base plate is equally as nice -- very, very clean and rust free! Has a new line cord and everything works perfectly!
Close-up of the data plate.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #22-86, dated 3/65 (stains & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original (white corrugated) box (tears, creases; stains; some dirt; dent).
Another view of the box.
Has the two inserts and this box is decent as it is complete, fairly square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box inserts.

A very unusual item: we have never had a 1965-66 LW transformer before and so this is the first white corrugated LW box we have ever had and also the first 1965 LW instruction sheet we have ever had.

The LW Transformer was sold from 1955 to 1966 but the white box and the instruction sheet help to date this item as having been sold in either 1965 or 1966. It was also included in various "O" gauge sets during those two years.

The LW is the most powerful single-handle transformer made by Lionel in the postwar era and it is the only postwar Lionel transformer with a lighted dial -- when power is increased the bulb gets brighter! The LW is a very versatile unit as it is strong enough to provide power to a small layout or it can be used an auxiliary unit to energize street lights or other accessories on a large layout. It is also the ideal test transformer for your workbench as it has all of the needed controls.

Comes with a two-year guarantee!!!
ZW 275-Watt
Transformer
(Model R)
E+ Yes $185 The KING of transformers -- the 275-watt ZW is the largest one made by Lionel in the postwar era!
Another view.
The ZW's features include: 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.
Minimal cosmetic flaws -- it is very clean with strong lettering plus the Bakelite case is intact with no cracks! Rollers for each circuit are new plus the line cord was replaced and everything works properly!

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!!!

LIONEL Motor Racing Equipment
Cat #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription
5160 Official
Viewing
Stand
E+++/OB Yes $425 A very scarce item from 1963 only -- the Raceway Viewing Stand offered by Lionel as part of their "Motor Racing Series." Has the original flag poles, speakers and roof antenna stand with antennas.
Photo of the Viewing Stand.
The plastic structure has a red elevated control room with clear, plastic windows plus a gray roof and a buff-colored base.
Photo of one corner in the front of the Viewing Stand.
The control room contains a paper insert depicting workers and racing fans.
Photo of the other front corner of the Viewing Stand.
All original, clean, sharp lettering plus the paper insert is clean and intact!
Photo of the back of the Viewing Stand.
This impressive looking accessory measures 11 inches long by 5 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches high (excluding the flag poles, speakers and roof antenna).
An "aerial" view.
The structure of this accessory is similar in design to the 365 Dispatching Station, 419 Heliport and the 465 Sound Dispatching Station reflecting Lionel's attempt to save tooling costs.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet and flag sheet.
Has the original envelope (#5160-12) containing the original instruction sheet (#5160-10 & dated 7/63) and the original (complete) sheet of track flags (#5160-30 & dated 4/63).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original, beige, "Mead Corporation" corrugated box.
Another view of the box.
Minor flaws: tears, creases, scrapes from price sticker removal, a few stains, missing one insert (although it would be very easy to fabricate as it is the two original inserts are identical).
Photo of the top of the box.
This box is SOLID: fairly clean, square and sturdy! It is a brick!
Photo of the bottom of the box.

If you like high-quality items, if you like obscure pieces, if you like automobiles, if you like car racing, if you have a layout with an auto theme or if you are fascinated by the entire product line of the Lionel Corporation, consider this piece. It is very unusual and it is NICE!

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