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This Web Page Last Updated: August 11, 2017

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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 $ 85 The 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1956: yellow with blue heat-stamped lettering and a red unpainted roof.
Photo of the other side.
Earlier (and more common) version with two-part spring bumpers and with roof slots only on the ends.
Photo of one end.
A few muted (but very readable) letters on one side plus it has an original pole that is a little wavy.
Photo of the other end.
Has the original roof and window inserts and overall, the unit is clean plus it is completely intact with no melt marks in the roof!
An "aerial" view.

A low-mileage trolley that is ready for a layout! The unit was serviced by us and it lights and runs great!
400 =============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Powered
Passenger Car
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E++/OB Yes $450 A B & O motorized Rail Diesel Car (RDC) from 1956-58: this powered commuter car has a silver body with fluted sides and blue heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, an operating horn and operating couplers plus passenger silhouettes in the windows and three interior lights allowing nice, realistic illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Minimal flaws! The cab is very, very clean with nice bright silver and crisp lettering!
Photo of one end.
The frame is equally as nice plus there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This very-low-mileage unit was serviced by us and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #400-29, dated 5/56 (tears & discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box.
Another view of the box.
What a box! Minimal flaws -- just some stains, small tears & minor tape residue.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data.
Has the elaborate box insert and this brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, sturdy and square -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

We have had very few 400 Budd Cars in collector-quality condition and this one is the nicest 400 Budd Car we have ever had and it is in the nicest 400 box we have ever seen! This prototypical-looking Budd Car will look great on a shelf or in a display cabinet but it is also a smooth runner and it is ready for a layout.
404 ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-4 Budd
Powered
Mail-Baggage Car
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E+ Yes $375 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 $ 90 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.
2532 Silver Range
Vista Dome Car
E+/OB Yes $195 Very scarce FLAT CHANNEL extruded-aluminum illuminated "Viewing" car from the mid-50s:
Photo of the other side.
Version with glued nameplates.
Close-up of the nameplates on one side.
A little glue residue in spots and that's about it for flaws!
Two views of the roof.
The car is very clean with nice shiny silver, original silhouetted window strips and original nameplates -- and of course, the car does light!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside; store price stamping on one end flap).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct "Late Classic" box (with interior coupler flaps -- not the earlier style with corrugated insert).
Photo of one of the large, long sides of the box.

A sharp car with nice lettering and in a strong box! The flat channel aluminum cars are very, very hard to find!
2559 ===============
Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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E+++
Un-run
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Yes $395
SOLD
A 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.
Photo of one end.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
Photo of the other end.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice bright silver and gorgeous lettering!
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
The car was never run but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed it on a piece of track. We "bench tested" the unit and it does light!
Two "aerial" views.

Great looking, prototypical car -- one of the nicest 2559 Budd Cars we have ever seen!
2628 Manhattan Pullman E+/OB Yes $275
SOLD
Illuminated, "Madison-style" coach with six-wheel trucks and un-taped coil couplers from 1948: has a Tuscan-painted Bakelite body with white, heat-stamped lettering. This premium passenger car is equipped with deluxe features including simulated-passenger style truck sides, 2-light illumination, window inserts, air tanks plus vestibules with steps and swinging doors. Version with the first "L" in "LIONEL" positioned over the first window of the center group. It is an impressive looking car at 15-inches long!
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus a little paint loss and some minor touch-up on the lower roof on one side.
An "aerial" view.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. The chassis is equally as clean.
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; stains; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "Art Deco" box -- not the later "Early Classic" box.
Photo of the box insert.

It is not easy to find any of the Madison-style cars this nice and the boxes are extremely hard to find in decent shape! This car is sharp and it comes in a very, very strong box! This "heavyweight" Pullman is also great for an operator as the doors, lights and couplers all work perfectly! This is the first boxed Manhattan car from 1948 that we have ever had available for separate sale!
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.

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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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