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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 18, 2018

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Passenger Cars including RDC Budd Commuter Cars (both motorized and "dummy" units) and Trolleys.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Passenger Cars
Catalog # ItemGradePhotoPriceDetails
Individual Passenger Cars:
60 Trolley E+/OB Yes $ 160 A 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with blue lettering and a red roof. Version with two-part spring bumpers.
Photo of one end.
Minimal flaws! The Trolley is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof!
Another view.
Has the original pole and mounting clip.
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #60-103 dated 8/55 (tears & wrinkled).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Middle Classic" box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside; no insert). A few flaws but this box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version of the Trolley.
Another view of the box.

A low-mileage trolley that is ready for a layout! The unit was serviced by us and this very photogenic and prototypical unit lights and runs great!
2559 ===============
Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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E+/OB Yes $425 A sharp B&O RDC Budd Commuter non-powered passenger unit from 1957-58:
Photo of the other side.
Has ornamental horns, silhouetted window strips and operating couplers.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
Photo of one end.
A couple of fingerprints and a few stains plus the silver is not quite as bright as when new.
Photo of the other end.
The car is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering! Has minimal run time!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; a little wavy; stains; tape; amateur repairs). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Great-looking, prototypical car in a hard-to-find box!
Passenger Sets:
Tinplate, brown, illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1947-48 (white lettering plus gray doors & window frames):
The cars have white, heat-stamped lettering not silver, rubber-stamped lettering as used on the cars with the same numbers in the 1946 set. In addition, the trucks on this set are the closed-base type -- not the earlier, open "FLYING SHOE" variety that was used on the 1946 set.
2442 Pullman E+ Yes |
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The first lighted Coach:
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and very, very strong lettering! No interior window strips.
Photo of the roof.

Sharp car!
2442 Pullman E++ Yes |
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The second lighted Coach:
Photo of the other side.
One small scratch on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and very, very strong lettering! No interior window strips.
Photo of the roof.

Sharp car!
2443 Observation Car E+++ Yes |
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The lighted Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
A gorgeous car: rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and very, very strong lettering. No interior window strips.
Photo of the observation deck.
The observation deck is sharp -- rust free with original (and intact) marker lights.
Photo of the roof.

Sharp car!
===> ===> ===> Yes $425 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
The early-postwar tinplate passenger cars incorporated a prewar carry-over design that only lasted until 1949. The old-fashioned (but prototypical) appearance from a by-gone era will add an element of charm to any display or layout. They are also useful items for an operator as all lights and couplers work! Look at all seventeen photos-- this is a very-high-quality, 69-year-old set that was certainly well maintained over the years! It is one of the nicest brown tinplate sets we have ever offered for sale!
The Congressional Cars: an illuminated Pennsylvania Passenger Car Set from 1956 --
four nice UNUSED extruded aluminum cars with decorative Tuscan-striping and silhouette inserts:
2541 ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Observation Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- a lighted boat-tail Observation Car with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the common flaws associated with silver cars: usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping, some dirt in the ribbing plus some box rub and a few paint chips and scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section (observation deck) is completely intact.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original "Late Classic" box (minor creases; "period" price stampings). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
2542 BETSY ROSS
Vista Dome
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Viewing" car: a lighted Vista Dome with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping plus a few scratches in the window panes of the dome.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Late Classic" box (missing one interior coupler flap; stains; small tears; some discoloration). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
2543 WILLIAM PENN
Pullman
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The first "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping plus some dirt in the ribbing.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original "Late Classic" box (minor tears; small scuffs; "period" price stamping). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
2544 MOLLY PITCHER
Pullman
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The second "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping plus a few scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original "Late Classic" box (tears; creases; discolored; a little wavy). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, fairly square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
===> ===> ===> Yes $1,200
SOLD
Price for the four-car Passenger Set described above.

The Congressional cars were the first non "LIONEL LINES" aluminum passenger cars produced by Lionel and together with the 255X Canadian Pacific cars, 256X Santa Fe cars & 252X Presidential cars, comprised the nicest passenger sets offered in the postwar era. Each car measures 16 1/2 inches long; they are very sturdy and look realistic, having captured the stately qualities of their prototypes. This is the first unused set we have ever had for sale and it also represents the first set we have had with "matched" boxes! The cars will look great on display plus all four cars were "bench tested" and all of the lights and couplers work!
Tinplate, illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1948-49:
The cars have a very attractive 2-tone green paint scheme with cream trim & white, heat-stamped lettering. Each car has interior lighting and metal, staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
6440 Pullman E++/OB Yes |
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The first Coach:
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws!
Two views of the roof.
A very, very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! No interior window strips.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; dirty; scrapes; lots of tape inside; glue residue). Lots of flaws the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
6440 Pullman E+++/OB Yes |
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The second Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws!
Two views of the roof.
A very, very clean car with very strong lettering & nice vibrant paint! No interior window strips.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; some dirt; writing; lots of tape inside; glue residue). Lots of flaws the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
6441 Observation Car E++/OB Yes |
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The Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
One number is a little weak and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the observation deck.
The deck has nice silver paint plus it is rust free with original (and intact) red marker jewels!
Two views of the roof.
A very, very clean car with strong lettering overall and nice vibrant paint! No interior window strips.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; lots of tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look). Despite the flaws, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
===> ===> ===> ===> $495

<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars & the boxes.
This is a good-looking, 69-year-old set that was taken care of properly by its former owners. The prewar carryover design and metal construction provide charm from an earlier era for collectors but this set is also a very useful operator's item as all lights and couplers work! It is one of the nicest green tinplate sets we have ever offered for sale!
Tinplate, brown, illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1949 ONLY:
The cars have white, heat-stamped lettering plus gray doors & gray window frames; each car has interior lighting & staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
6442 Pullman E++/OB Yes |
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The first Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and superb lettering! No interior window strips.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
6442 Pullman E++/OB Yes |
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The second Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and superb lettering! No interior window strips.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; lots of tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing). Some flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
6443 Observation Car E+/OB Yes |
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The Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and strong lettering! No interior window strips.
Photo of the observation deck.
The observation is equally as nice: rust free and very, very clean with original (and intact) marker lights.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; stains; tape inside; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
===> ===> ===> ===> $550

<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars & the boxes.
This is a very-high-quality, 69-year-old set that was certainly taken care of by its owner! It will look great on a shelf plus it is a very useful operator's item as all lights and couplers work! This is the first boxed 6442-42-43 set we have ever offered for sale as it is much harder to find than the earlier 2442-42-43 brown sets; it is also one of the nicest tinplate sets we have ever had!

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A wagonmaker by the name of Webster Wagner is credited with developing successful early Passenger Cars in the 1850's. However, a native New Yorker -- George Pullman - designed and built far superior sleeping cars and dining cars and made travel by rail in America comfortable. From 1890 until 1941, when the impact of World War II was felt, Americans enjoyed luxury in rail travel equal to the finest hotels in the world.

Lionel manufactured six distinct styles of Passenger Cars in the Postwar era, including one that was a carryover design from the Prewar era -- the somewhat primitive 2000 series sheet-metal cars, which came in three different colors. The others were the elegant "Madison" cars, eight different color schemes of the "027" 2400-series molded plastic cars, the 1800 General-type cars, the sturdy 2500 extruded aluminum series and the more modern Budd Rail Diesel Cars (RDC). The Budd Cars came powered (and with a horn) and non-powered. Most of the postwar passenger cars were illuminated and one (the 1875W General-type simulated-wood coach) even had a whistle.

Savor the golden era of rail travel and add Passenger Car service to your layout.

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