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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 8, 2021

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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
60 Trolley Ex. Yes $110 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 solid one-piece bumpers.
Photo of one end.
A few small scratches and some paint overspray on one end plus some minor discoloration in the roof. None of those flaws are major and this unit is nice: completely intact and very clean with nice lettering -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof!
Another view.
Has the original pole and original mounting clip.
An "aerial" view.

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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Fair Yes $ 75 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, operating couplers and three interior lights that provide nice, even illumination.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
Cab: lots of stains, scratches, burrs and scuffs plus there is some weak lettering and one end is cracked (visible in the next photo).
Photo of one end.
Chassis: has some battery damage plus there is no horn.
Photo of the other end.
This unit was serviced and it lights and runs great!
Two views of the roof.

Not in collector-quality condition by any means but it is a very, very low-mileage engine that can be enjoyed on a layout for years to come.
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
Ex. Yes $ 65 All original, illuminated "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips from 1955-58: has a silver-painted roof and body with red, heat-stamped lettering plus fancy passenger trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and some box rub in places plus the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (minor discoloration, light stains and evidence of handling). The car is clean overall with crisp lettering and nice even silver -- plus it does light.
Two views of the roof.
The 2432 Clifton was produced from 1954 to 1958; however, the silver knuckle pins on the couplers date this car as a 1955-58 item.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic.
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 $395 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.
Minimal run time and minimal flaws!
Photo of the other end.
The car is very, very clean with very nice silver and crisp lettering -- and of course, the lights work!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; discolored; puncture; glue residue; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of both large, long sides of the box.

Great-looking, prototypical car in a very strong and very hard-to-find box!
Passenger Sets:
Illuminated Santa Fe Passenger Cars from 1961: three silver-painted cars with blue lettering and wide blue stripes.
2412 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
Ex./OB Yes |
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The "Viewing" car: a lighted Vista Dome with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Has some long scratches on both sides. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original "Perforated Panel" box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car!
2414 Santa Fe
Pullman
E-/OB Yes |
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The very-elusive "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Has some long scratches on the right side plus a few scuffs on the roof. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Perforated Panel" box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; lots of tape inside; glue residue; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car! The 2414 is the hardest car of this series to find and the prize in this set!
2416 Santa Fe
Observation Car
Ex./OB 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.
Has a couple of small scratches on the left side plus some long scratches on the right side. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Picture" box (tears; creases; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car!
===> ===> ===> Yes $360 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

This is a very presentable 59-year-old set. The mixed box styles indicate that these cars were sold in 1961 as the 2412-14-16 cars were carry-over items. The cars will look great on a shelf or on a layout -- the set is ready to enjoy as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work!
>Price without the boxes: $300 plus shipping.
Illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1955 (silver with red lettering):
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
2434 Newark
Pullman
E+/OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Coach" with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Has some scratches on the roof and some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
2436 Summit
Observation Car
Ex./OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Lounge" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Has some scratches on the roof and some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is clean with fairly even silver and crisp lettering.
Photo of the tail section.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; scrapes; "aged" look). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
==> ==> ==> Yes $395 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Our Archives Page has more on this passenger car series.
Perfect? No. Nice? Yes! It is a good-looking, 65-year-old set with very presentable (and correct 1955) original boxes! It will look fine on display but it is also a very useful set for a layout or for around the Christmas tree as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work!
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 with very nice (after-market) interior window strips plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
6442 Pullman E+ Yes |
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The first Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Has a few tiny paint chips plus a couple of muted (but readable) letters and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint!
Photo of the roof.
6442 Pullman E++ Yes |
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The second Coach:
Photo of the other side.
Has a few small paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.
6443 Observation Car E+ Yes |
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The Lounge car (the end car with a viewing platform):
Photo of the other side.
The car body has one muted (but readable) number and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust-free and very, very clean with nice bright paint!
Photo of the observation deck.
The observation deck has some minor rust spots but it is very clean with original (and intact) marker lights.
Photo of the roof.
===> ===> ===> ===> $425 <=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars.
This is a very-high-quality, 71-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! Only the third 6442-42-43 set we have ever offered for sale as these cars are much harder to find than the earlier 2442-42-43 brown cars; 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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