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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:
Early
1946
"Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
7
(Ex.)
Yes $ 35 Earlier version addressing prewar items: 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!
Late
1946
"Instructions for
Assembling and Operating
LIONEL TRAINS"
7
(Ex.)
Yes $ 35 Later version: 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.
1954 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
9+
(E+++)
Yes $ 30
SOLD
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.
1960 "How to Operate
LIONEL TRAINS
and Accessories"
6 (VG) Yes $ 10 62 pages; black & white printing on red with black & beige graphics; includes a Lamp Replacement Chart on page 56.

Flaws: tears; creases; scrapes; staples rusty. Complete.
Photo of the back cover.
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
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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
SOLD
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!
1947 "Lionel R.R. Guide" 9 Yes $ 45 A colorful wall poster containing a wealth of information on locomotives, rolling stock, and real railroad operations. The illustrations include both Prewar Lionel and Postwar Lionel engines, rolling stock and accessories. The poster is printed on one side in yellow, black and red ink on white paper and it measures 16 1/2 inches high by 10 1/2 inches wide.
Close-up of the center section showing the locomotives.
Center section shows the following six locomotives: GG-1 Electric, Prairie-type Steamer, 0-4-0 Steam Switcher, Berkshire, Hudson and an S-2 Turbine.
Close-up of the section with Railroad Lingo.
The left side of the poster has a list of whistle signals and railroad lingo plus an explanation of scale and gauge.
Close-up of the section with Semaphore Signals and Block Signals.
The bottom of the poster illustrates the various positions of semaphore signals and block signals and provides the meaning of the different blade positions and light indications.

Some dirt in the folds from the factory creases and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very nice and it is also the first one we have ever had for sale!
1947 "Fun with Lionel Model Railroading" 9+ Yes $ 35 A 32-page booklet printed in red, black and white, it measures 8 1/2 inches by 5 3/8 inches. The booklet contains suggestions on layout design and lighting effects plus instructions how to play games based on real railroad practices and incidents.
Photo of the back cover.
Some rust on the staples and that's it for flaws! It is spectacular -- complete and clean.
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
-
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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Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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