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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel original paper items other than original boxes. Instruction manuals are listed in the first chart, followed by instruction sheets, envelopes, catalogues and other literature.

Instruction Manuals

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Postwar Lionel Original Instruction Manuals & Service Station Listing Booklets
YearDescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
Two different versions of the 1946 Instruction Manual:
1946 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
7
(Ex.)
Yes $ 35 40 pages; dark blue & light blue cover; has an ad for Model Builder on the inside of the back cover.
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: front cover has tears & creases; spine is worn; back cover has writing & scrapes; last page has a couple of tears; rusty staples. A few imperfections but it is nice overall -- clean and complete! This the first blue 1946 manual we have ever had available for sale!
1946 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
7
(Ex.)
Yes $ 35 40 pages; orange & green cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on page 32; has an ad for Model Builder on the back cover.
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: front cover has a small crease plus some "chips" that allow the orange base to show through; stains; "aged" look throughout. The manual is complete and fairly clean throughout! Only the second green 1946 manual we have ever had available for sale!
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1947 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
8
(E+)
Yes $ 30 40 pages; cover has yellow printing on a red background; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; has an ad for Model Railroading on the back cover.
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: front cover has a very small crease plus some minor dirt. A few imperfections but it is nice overall -- complete & fairly clean.
1948 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
9+
(E++)
Yes $ 38 40 pages; cover has blue printing on a yellow background; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; version with an ad for Model Builder on the back cover.
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: minor stains. A gorgeous manual!
1949 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
5+
(Good+)
Yes $ 8 56 pages; light-blue and blackish-blue wraparound cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1949-50 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 45-56!
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: entire booklet is wrinkly; tears; pages are "aged" looking and some are dog-eared. Still useful as it is complete.
1951 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
5+
(Good+)
Yes $ 8 Last version of the 1951 instruction manual: this 64-page document has a gray cover with blue printing and the back cover has an ad for a 32-page book called "The Romance of Model Railroading" which was available from Lionel's advertising department; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1951-52 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 53-64!
Photo of the back cover.

Flaws: insect nibbles; tears; stains; wavy; rusty staples. A few flaws but it does have all of the pages and it is fairly clean overall.
1952 "Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
7+ (Ex.) Yes $ 20 64 pages; blue & yellow cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1952-53 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 55-64!

Flaws: scrape on the back cover; minor creases on the front and back covers. It has all of the pages and it is clean overall.
Photo of the back cover.
1953 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
7+
(Ex.)
Yes $ 25 64 pages; black & orange cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1953-54 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 55-64!

Flaws: stains, staples are rusty. Complete and fairly clean overall.
Photo of the back cover.
This item was the second of two instruction manuals provided by Lionel in 1953! The earlier version has a black & yellow cover.
1954 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
9+
(E+++)
Yes $ 30 64 pages; light-green & black cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1954-55 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 55-64!

Minimal flaws: complete and very, very clean! It is spectacular!
Photo of the back cover.
1955 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
7+
(Ex.)
Yes $ 18 64 pages; dark-brown & beige cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1955-56 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 55-64!

Flaws: tears, creases, moisture stains, staples rusty. Complete and fairly clean overall.
Photo of the back cover.
1956 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
8+
(E+)
Yes $ 22 64 pages; orange & blue printing on a beige cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on the inside of the back cover; the 1956-57 Service Station Listing is included as part of the manual on pages 55-64!

Flaws: staples are rusty. Complete and clean.
Photo of the back cover.
1959 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
9+
(E+++)
Yes $ 45
SOLD
An item we have never had for sale before:
Photo of the back cover.

64 pages; red & black printing on a beige cover; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on page 64.

Flaws: minimal! A gorgeous manual: complete and very clean! The 1959 instruction manual is a very hard one to find!
If you have a nice postwar set or a large accessory, it is not complete without the appropriate paperwork!

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Instruction Sheets

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Postwar Lionel Original Instruction Sheets
Cat #DatePagesDescriptionGradePriceDetails
3472-11 6-50 2 No. 3472 Automatic Milk Car
with Unloading Platform
SOLD
7 $ 12 Dog-eared; aged; ripped; creased.

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Envelopes

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Empty Postwar Lionel Original Envelopes
Env #DescriptionGradePriceDetails
313-122 One dozen #313-121 Insulating Pins for "027"
SOLD
8 $ 1 -

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Catalogues

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Postwar Lionel Original Catalogues
YearDescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
1954 Accessories Catalogue 7 Yes $ 10 A 20-page catalogue providing descriptions and prices of all Lionel accessories (plus motive power and rolling stock) available in 1954. The booklet measures 9 inches by 6 inches and has black and green printing on coated stock. A 4-page center section provides blueprints of suggested model layouts.
Photo of the back cover.
Flaws: tears, creases, blueprint section is separated. It is very presentable: complete and clean.

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Other Postwar Literature

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Other Postwar Lionel Literature
YearDescriptionGradePhotoPriceDetails
1945 "Plans and Blue Prints
for Lionel Model Railroaders"
7+ Yes $ 15 A 20-page (unpaginated) booklet with a black, blue & yellow cover showing a block signal and what appears to be a 700E Hudson. Interior pages are black & white with some blue backgrounds. It measures 5 7/8 inches by 8 13/16 inches.
Photo of the back cover.
Dirt and writing on the front cover; "aged" look. Overall it is still nice!
1946 "Scenic Effects
for Model Railroads"
8 (E+) Yes $ 30 A 24-page booklet printed in black and red ink on a white cover showing a steam engine pulling a passenger train passing a freight train going in the other direction. Interior pages are also printed in black and red ink on white paper. It measures 6 inches by 9 inches. Contains information on table building, mountain building, right of way scenery and a cutaway view of the new Atomic motor with double worm-gear drive.
Photo of the back cover.
Some creases; back cover is dog-eared on the bottom. It is very nice and it is also the first one we have ever had for sale!
1949 "Lionel Train
Layout Planning Book
for Pop"
8 Yes $ 15 A 16-page booklet printed in multiple colors on white paper, it measures 5 1/8 inches by 7 1/16 inches. It shows 15 different train layouts and had to be ordered from Lionel! Includes a nice illustration of a 726 Berkshire & 2426W Tender plus a listing of railroad whistle signals and a listing of the "Slang and Lingo of the Rails."
Photo of the back cover.
Creases, tears and some evidence of handling but nothing major. It is nice overall -- complete and fairly clean.
1954
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1955
"LIONEL
SERVICE STATIONS"
8 Yes $ 10 A 12-page booklet (form 927, dated 8/30/54) with listings by state (in the US), by province (in Canada) and by country for the rest of the world of approved service stations:
Photo of the back cover.
Flaws: front and back covers are both partially discolored. It is nice overall -- complete and fairly clean.

If you have a boxed 1954 Lionel train set, it is not complete without this booklet!

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Cabooses Accessories Sets
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