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This Web Page Last Updated: December 6, 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 $ 30 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!
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+ 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 $175 Illuminated Station Platform from 1947 with these original signs: (LIONEL CONSTRUCTION KITS -- BABY RUTH -- SUNOCO -- RIVAL). Original red roof and green base.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and rub marks on the base and that's about it for flaws on the structure -- it has the original 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 (plus the Baby Ruth sign has some surface rust on one side) but they are clean with nice graphics overall.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (tears; creases; stains; a couple of "dig" marks).
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 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.
197 Rotating
Radar Antenna
E++/OB Yes $195
Interesting accessory from the "Space and Military" series -- the operating Radar Antenna Tower: it is the earlier & harder-to-find version from 1957 with the orange upper platform and the antenna screen with the chrome (plated metal) finish.
Two views of the tower.
Small imperfection on the base (melt mark?) and that's about it for flaws on the entire accessory! It is very, very clean, complete and unbroken -- plus it does work! The radar screen and radio antenna pole are all original.
Close-up of the platform and the antenna screen.
Has the original envelope #197-30 containing the original instruction sheet #197-31, dated 9/57 plus the four rubber stabilizing grommets, antenna pole and two unused (still coiled) wires.
Photo of the instruction sheet, envelope, grommets, antenna pole and wires.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; stains; missing one insert).
Another view of the box.
Has one insert and the box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 197 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the insert.

Originally introduced by Lionel in their 1957 catalog as an accessory "perfect for airport traffic control" but later advertised as "the real thing for detecting enemy aircraft or vessels at sea." Either theme, it's a great accessory for your layout! If you like to operate your trains, take a close look at this accessory -- it is the best working 197 we have ever had!
334 Dispatch Board E+/OB Yes $375 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.
450 Overhead Signal Bridge E++/OB Yes $ 60
Prototypical, dual-track signal bridge from 1955:
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.
Minimal flaws: it is very clean and rust free with nice vibrant paint -- plus it works perfectly!
Another view of the signal bridge.
Has the original envelope (part #450-43 and dated 10/52), the original instruction sheet #450-42 (dated 4/55) and the correct, original #153C contactor.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet and contactor.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; store stampings; mildly distorted; no insert). A few flaws but the box is clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
The old store advertising stampings provide a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by Treasure House, a famous store that was located at 27 Passaic Street in Garfield, NJ!

One of the most realistic signals made by Lionel in the postwar period -- it is a fantastic layout piece!
3656-9 Box of Cattle E+++/OB Yes $ 35
A complete set of nine (9) good-looking, ORIGINAL black cows in a grade 6 original "Middle Classic" component box from 1949:
Another view of the box.
Box flaws: missing one inner flap, tears, creases, foreign paint spots, "aged" look. A few imperfections but the box is 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 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! 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 rust free and very, very clean with sharp 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!
Another view of the transformer.
Has the original instruction sheet #ZW-134, dated 2/56 (tears, creases, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

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.

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