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This Web Page Last Updated: September 18, 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.

* * * 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 VG/OB Yes $110 The 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1956: yellow with blue lettering and a red roof.
Photo of the other side.
Harder-to-find version with solid bumpers and with the roof with clerestory vents!
Photo of one end.
Some light scratches plus a few faded (but very readable) letters. In addition, the internal plastic roof holding tabs on one end are broken. However, that common flaw is not visible from the outside and the roof is secured by the pole holder. (The operation of the trolley is not affected whatsoever.)
Photo of the other end.
Overall, the unit is clean and it has the original roof and pole -- plus it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; discolored; stains; tape; missing the separate roof insert but has the "built-in" insert.
Another view of the box.
The box is not exactly pretty but it is square and sturdy and it will protect the trolley in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has an original instruction sheet #60-103 dated 8/55 (technically incorrect as it should have a 1956 date).

A low-mileage piece that is ready for a layout.
Three blue-stripe lighted Santa Fe Passenger Cars priced individually:
2412 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
E++/OB Yes $125 All original, illuminated, blue-striped "Viewing" car with silhouetted window strips from 1961-63: has a silver body and silver roof plus blue lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Just a few light scratches and the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is sharp: crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice even silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; stains; mildly distorted; tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is actually one of the nicest 2412 boxes we have ever had.
Another view of the box.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work. It is the first boxed 2412 Vista Dome we have ever offered for separate sale!
2414 Santa Fe
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $135 All original, illuminated, blue-striped Coach with silhouetted window strips from 1961-63: has a silver body and silver roof plus blue lettering.
Photo of the other side.
A few small scratches on the door on one side plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Overall, the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, beautiful striping and nice even silver.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing a small part of one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; mildly distorted; tape inside). This box is very presentable as it is clean and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.

The 2414 is the hardest car of this series to find and this is only the second boxed 2414 we have ever offered for separate sale!
2416 Santa Fe
Observation Car
E+ Yes $110 All original, illuminated, blue-striped "Lounge" car with silhouetted window strips from 1961-63: has a silver body and silver roof plus blue lettering.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has the usual imperfections associated with silver paint but the sides are in E++ condition with minimal flaws! The car is sharp: crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice even silver!
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
An "aerial" view.

This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and coupler all work. It is the first 2416 Observation Car we have ever offered for separate sale!
Package deal available for all three cars -- even better deal if we keep the boxes. Please ask!
2421 Maplewood
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $140 Illuminated, silver Coach with black heat-stamped lettering, silhouetted window strips and coil couplers: version from the 1952-53 (later-issue) series with silver roofs.
Photo of the other side.
Some light scratches and the normal evidence of handling associated with silver paint plus the interior simulated metal door (which can be only be seen by looking through the vestibule end) is scratched. Overall, this is a very clean car with nice shiny silver and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; minor writing); a solid box: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.
Our Archives Page has more on this passenger car series.
2423 Hillside
Observation Car
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $110 Illuminated, silver "Lounge" car with black heat-stamped lettering, silhouetted window strips and coil coupler: version from the 1952-53 (later-issue) series with silver roofs.
Photo of the other side.
Some light scratches and scuffs but the car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver and crisp lettering -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section is completely intact plus we "bench tested" the car and it does light.
Photo of the roof.

This car will be an upgrade for most sets as it was never run and it has an overall shiny appearance.
Our Archives Page has more on this passenger car series.
2429 Livingston
Pullman
E++/OB Yes $195 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.
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes $125
SOLD
All original, illuminated "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips. Silver-painted body with red, heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor flaws: a few small scratches plus the usual blemishes associated with silver paint but nothing severe. The car is very clean overall with nice even paint and crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; some dirt; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is complete, fairly clean and fairly sturdy.
Another view of the box.
The 2432 was produced from 1954 to 1958; however, the "Late Classic" box & couplers (with silver knuckle pins) help to date this car as a 1956-58 item.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
2436 Mooseheart
Observation Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $145
SOLD
The silver-painted, red-lettered Mooseheart "Lounge" car -- a lighted Observation Car from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! This "tail" car has silhouetted window strips with fancy passenger trucks and single operating coupler. The window strips, roof and finials are all original.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny silver!
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section is completely intact plus we "bench tested" the car and it does light.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; nicks; tape; minor stains; "period" writing). A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean plus it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The Mooseheart Observation Car is much harder to find than the 2436 Summit Observation Car.
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
2559 ===============
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.
Another view.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Minimal flaws: very, very clean with bright silver and nice lettering! Has minimal run time!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; a couple of punctures; tape inside; some minor dirt). A few imperfections but this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Great looking, prototypical car in a strong and hard-to-find box!
Passenger Sets:
An attractive, illuminated "SUPER SPEEDLINER" Passenger Car Set from 1952-55 (extruded aluminum with black lettering and silhouette inserts):
2531 Silver Dawn
Observation Car
E+/OB Yes |
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Version with glued-on nameplates:
Photo of the other side.
Glue showing by one of the nameplates; all four nameplates are clean & crisp and they are original.
Close-up of the nameplates on one side.
Tail section (observation deck or rear platform) has some box rub around one of the marker lights but overall it is very nice -- clean, completely intact and all original!
Photo of the rear platform.
Minimal flaws on the car body! It is very clean with nice bright silver and all-original silhouettes.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original "Middle Classic" box (tears; creases; "aged" look; "period" writing); has the original insert!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very strong box!
2532 Silver Range
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes |
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Version with glued-on nameplates:
Photo of the other side.
All four nameplates are clean & crisp and they are original.
Close-up of the nameplates on one side.
Some box rub on the dome housing and some scratches in the dome windows but the dome is still presentable -- clean, completely intact and all original!
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws on the car body! It is very clean with nice bright silver and all-original silhouettes.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original "Middle Classic" box (tears; creases; some dirt); has the original insert!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a strong box!
2534 Silver Bluff
Pullman
E++/OB Yes |
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Version with nameplates attached by small round-head rivets:
Photo of the other side.
All four nameplates are clean & crisp and they are original.
Close-up of the nameplates on one side.
A little box rub on one of the vestibules and some minor discoloration in spots and that is it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver and all-original silhouettes.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Middle Classic" box (missing one inner flap & the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; missing a small section of the end flap and the side on that same end; tears; creases; "aged" look); has the original insert! Even with the flaws, this box is presentable as one end is nice and the box is clean and very sturdy.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A gorgeous car in a hard-to-find box!

The Silver Bluff was only included in two of the eight Super Speedliner sets and hence, it is the most difficult car of the series to locate.
===> ===> ===> Yes $495
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

The brawny aluminum passenger car outfits were among the nicest passenger sets produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Each car measures 16 1/2 inches long (coupler to coupler); they are extremely sturdy and they look very realistic. This set is one of the nicest aluminum sets we have ever had -- it is very clean and will look great either on display or providing passenger service on your layout 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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