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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: February 12, 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 $ 185 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!
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Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-4 Budd
Powered
Mail-Baggage Car
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E+ Yes $375
SOLD
B & O motorized Rail Diesel Car (RDC) from 1957-58: this powered "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" Budd car has a silver body with blue heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, an operating horn and three interior lights that provide nice, even illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Has a couple of light scratches on the roof plus the usual minor imperfections associated with silver paint.
Photo of one end.
That's it for flaws; it is very, very clean with bright silver and with nice, crisp lettering! The chassis is equally as nice plus with no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This very, very low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two views of the roof.

The 404 Mail-baggage Car is much harder to find than the 400 RDC Passenger Car and we have had very, very few 404 Budd Cars in collector-quality condition over the years. This one is sharp and it is ready for your layout or display shelf.
2436 Mooseheart
Observation Car
VG/OB Yes $ 75 The silver-painted, red-lettered Mooseheart "Lounge" car -- a lighted Observation Car from 1957-58: This "tail" car has silhouetted window strips plus fancy passenger trucks and a single operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A small stain and one scratch on the roof; the sides have some scuff marks and scratches; both the roof and the sides have the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (discoloration and evidence of handling).
Photo of the observation deck.
The car is fairly clean overall with strong lettering -- plus it does light. The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash. The window strips, roof and finials are all original.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; discoloration; tape residue; small dent; tape inside; "period" price stamping). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and somewhat square & sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The Mooseheart is much harder to find than the 2436 Summit Observation Car. The Mooseheart is the correct observation car for set #1600 (which was headed up by the 216 Burlington Alco) and set #1608W (which was headed up by the 209 New Haven Alco AA units).
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
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Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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E+/OB Yes $475 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:
A Santa Fe Passenger Car Set from 1964: (silver painted with blue, heat-stamped lettering).

How uncommon are these cars? They came UNBOXED in only one catalogued set (#11490 sold in 1964 that was also carried over into 1965) plus two uncatalogued 1964 sets where they were boxed!
2404 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
E++ Yes |
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The "Viewing" car: a Vista Dome with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
A few small discoloration spots on the sides and that's about if for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice bright and even silver.
Two "aerial" views.
2405 Santa Fe
Pullman
E++ Yes |
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The "Coach" -- a Pullman with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches plus some small discoloration spots and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice bright and even silver.
Two "aerial" views.
2406 Santa Fe
Observation Car
E+ Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- an Observation Car with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
A few minor scuffs and rub marks and that's about it for flaws on the body. Common rust on the inside of the frame. The car is very, very clean overall with crisp lettering and nice bright and even silver.
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Two "aerial" views.
===> ===> ===> Yes $195
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

Three good-looking 52-year-old rather obscure cars that were certainly taken care of by their former owner!

A little about Lionel's history and some more information about these fascinating cars: in 1964, Lionel was in the throes of a cost-cutting program and produced the 2404-2405-2406 Santa Fe Passenger Car series -- "plain-Jane" cars that did not have lights or silhouetted window strips. After two years, apparently the company regretted their decision to offer passenger cars without illumination and in 1966, Lionel discontinued the 2404-05-06 cars in favor of the spruced-up, deluxe 2408-09-10 cars which were essentially upgraded versions of the economy cars.
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+ Yes |
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The first Coach:
Photo of the other side.
A couple of scratches on the roof plus some minor paint chips and a little box rub.
Photo of the roof.
A very clean car with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
6440 Pullman E++ Yes |
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The second Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws!
Photo of the roof.
A very, very clean car with very strong lettering & nice vibrant paint!
6441 Observation Car E++ Yes |
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The Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
A small amount of box rub on the bottom of the observation deck 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!
Photo of the roof.
A very, very clean car with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
===> ===> ===> ===> $375
SOLD
<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars.
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!

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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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Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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