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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: October 8, 2019

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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+ Yes $ 95 A 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with BLACK lettering and a red roof. Version with two-part spring bumpers.
Another view.
Has some light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is completely intact and very clean with strong lettering -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof.
Photo of the other end.
The pole and mounting clip are reproduction items.
Photo of the roof.

This photogenic and prototypical unit lights and runs great!
Passenger Sets:
A good-looking Tinplate, teal blue, non-illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1947 (white lettering, silver roofs and silver trim):
2430 Pullman E+ Yes |
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The first Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Has a few minor nicks and scratches plus some of the lettering on one side is muted (but very readable).
Photo of the roof.
The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and very strong lettering overall.
2430 Pullman E+ Yes |
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The second Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Has some small paint chips and light minor scratches plus a few small rust spots.
Photo of the roof.
The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
2431 Observation Car E+ Yes |
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The Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
A few minor nicks and scratches plus some of the lettering on one side is muted (but very readable).
Photo of the observation deck.
The cross piece on the observation deck is scuffed but it is rust free with original (and intact) marker lights.
Photo of the roof.
The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and very strong lettering overall.
===> ===> ===> Set Photo $575 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
This is a very hard-to-find, one-year only set. The cars have white, heat-stamped lettering (not silver, rubber-stamped lettering as used on the cars with the same numbers in a 1946 set). In addition, the staple-end trucks on this set are the later, closed-base type -- not the open "FLYING SHOE" variety that was used on the 1946 set. All three cars have working coil couplers and no window inserts.

Very hard to find in collector-quality condition and this set is nice! The blue cars are far less common than the brown sets or the green 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 $395 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!
Here are the cars from one of Lionel's most well-known and sought-after sets -- known by collectors as "The Anniversary Set." The two Pullmans and the Observation Car are decorated in a striking yellow and red paint scheme.
Illuminated, yellow Passenger Cars from 1950 only (red lettering and red stripes plus gray roofs):
2481 Plainfield
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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The first Coach: a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
A few minor scratches and some paint chips and that's about it for flaws! This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice striping and very vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Sharp car!
2482 Westfield
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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The second Coach: a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and some paint chips and that's about it for flaws! This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice striping and very vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Sharp car!
2483 Livingston
Observation Car
E++ Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- a lighted Observation Car with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice striping and very vibrant paint!
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Two views of the roof.

Sharp car!
===> ===> ===> Set Photo $995 Price for the three-piece Passenger Set described above.
This 68-year-old set was certainly taken care of by its former owner! It is a very, very colorful, hard-to-find and very clean set! The cars are extremely difficult to find in collector-quality condition but these three cars are nice! They are ready for your display shelf or your layout as all lights and all 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.
===> ===> ===> ===> $450

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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.
===> ===> ===> ===> $475

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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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