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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: November 19, 2014

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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.

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Postwar Lionel Passenger Cars
Catalog # ItemGradePhotoPriceDetails
Individual Passenger Cars:
2429 Livingston
Pullman
E++/OB Yes $195
SOLD
Illuminated, silver "Coach" with black heat-stamped lettering, silhouetted window strips and coil couplers:
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! Just the normal imperfections associated with silver paint. This car is very, very clean with nice shiny silver and crisp lettering -- and of course, it does light! The roof and sides are completely intact with no cracks or melt marks.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; "aged" look; writing; black marker cross outs). The box is decent even with the flaws as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 2429 Livingston Pullman was sold in 1952 & 1953 but the "OPS Classic" box helps to identify this car as a 1952 item. However, it is the correct match for the later-issue cars of this series (both 1952 & 1953) with silver roofs and without black stripes on the sides. This is the hardest car of the 242X series to find.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. this 2429 is one of the nicest Livingston Pullmans we have ever had! It will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.
Our Archives Page: more about the 242X passenger car series.
Passenger Sets:
An UNUSED 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
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E+
Un-run
OB
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The "Viewing" car: a Vista Dome with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Frame has rust (top and bottom) but the body has only the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny silver.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scrapes; tape inside; "period" writing). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car in one of the hardest postwar boxes to find!
2405 Santa Fe
Pullman
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Coach" -- a Pullman with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Frame has rust (on the top and only visible by looking inside the car) but the body is gorgeous! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny silver.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; "period" writing). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car in one of the hardest postwar boxes to find!
2406 Santa Fe
Observation Car
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Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- an Observation Car with original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Frame has rust (top and bottom) and there is some excess factory paint on the left side near the roof line. The body is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny silver.
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; "period" writing). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car in one of the hardest postwar boxes to find!
===> ===> ===> Yes $625
SOLD

Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above

Three 50-year-old cars that were NEVER RUN! This rather obscure set is the FIRST BOXED 2404-05-06 set we have ever had for sale! The cars are very scarce but the boxes are RARE, RARE, RARE!

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.

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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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Cabooses Accessories Sets
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