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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: August 2, 2015

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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:
404 ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-4 Budd
Powered
Mail-Baggage Car
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E+/OB Yes $595 B & O motorized Rail Diesel Car (RDC) from 1957: this powered "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" Budd car has a silver body with blue lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, an operating horn and three interior lights that provide nice, even illumination.
Another view.
Has one light scuff on the roof plus the usual minor imperfections associated with silver paint. 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 anywhere!
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
This very, very low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #404-8, dated 5/57 (tears, creases, some discoloration).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape; writing).
Another view of the box.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. -- and shows the year (indicated by "7") on one side.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data & date.
Has the elaborate box insert and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original Lionel wrapping paper (tears, creases) provided by the company to help protect the piece.
Photo of the original Lionel wrapping paper.

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.
2542 BETSY ROSS
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes $225 A Pennsylvania extruded-aluminum "Viewing" car from the 1956 Congressional Set:
Photo of the other side.
This lighted sight-seeing car has original Tuscan-red stripes with gold lettering and original silhouetted window strips.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Normal discoloration from the original glue behind the striping plus some small burrs and scratches. In addition the top of the dome has some color loss from box rub or scratch. It is still a very nice, all original car with a clean chassis!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; stains; "period" writing). A few flaws but this box is still very presentable as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
The 254X Congressional Cars were catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the "Late Classic" box and the presence of glue around the striping help to date this car as a 1956 item.

A very attractive car in a very hard-to-find box! We have not had many individual cars from the Congressional Set available for separate sale! If you are a collector trying to build that scarce and very desirable set, this car and the ones listed above would be an excellent start. If you are an operator, this car is a great layout item as the coupler and lights work!
2543 WILLIAM PENN
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $225 A Pennsylvania extruded-aluminum "Coach" from the 1955 Congressional Set:
Photo of the other side.
This lighted sleeper has original Tuscan-red stripes with gold lettering and original silhouetted window strips.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
One scratch/burr on the roof plus the usual box rub on the vestibules. That's about it for flaws! It is a very nice, all original car with a clean chassis!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; some dirt; minor writing; loads of tape; mildly distorted). Lots of flaws but the box is still decent as it has both end flaps and all of the inner flaps plus it is fairly square and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.
The 254X Congressional Cars were catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box and the absence of glue around the striping help to date this car as a 1955 item.

A very attractive car in a very hard-to-find box! We have not had many individual cars from the Congressional Set available for separate sale! If you are a collector trying to build that scarce and very desirable set, this car would be an excellent start. If you are an operator, this car is a great layout item as the couplers and lights work!
Package Deal Price for BOTH aluminum Congressional Cars described above: $400 plus shipping.
2559 ===============
Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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Ex. Yes $295 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.
Another view.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
A few scuffs and minor nicks plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Overall, it is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering! Has minimal run time and of course, it does light!
An "aerial" view.

Great looking, prototypical car!
Passenger Sets:
The Congressional Cars: an illuminated Pennsylvania Passenger Car Set from 1956 --
four nice extruded aluminum cars with decorative Tuscan-striping and silhouette inserts:
2541 ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Observation Car
E+ Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- a lighted boat-tail Observation Car with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the common flaws associated with silver cars: usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping, some dirt in the ribbing plus a few paint chips and scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section (observation deck) is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Photo of the roof.
2542 BETSY ROSS
Vista Dome
E+ Yes |
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The "Viewing" car: a lighted Vista Dome with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the common flaws associated with silver cars: usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping, some dirt in the ribbing plus a few scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.
2543 WILLIAM PENN
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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The first "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the common flaws associated with silver cars: usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping, some dirt in the ribbing plus a few scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.
2544 MOLLY PITCHER
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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The second "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the common flaws associated with silver cars: usual discoloration in places from the original glue behind the striping, some dirt in the ribbing plus a few scratches.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp overall with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis.
Photo of the roof.
===> ===> ===> Yes $595
SOLD
Price for the four-car Passenger Set described above.

The Congressional cars were the first non "LIONEL LINES" aluminum passenger cars produced by Lionel and together with the 255X Canadian Pacific cars, 256X Santa Fe cars & 252X Presidential cars, comprised the nicest passenger sets offered in the postwar era. Each car measures 16 1/2 inches long; they are very sturdy and they look realistic, having captured the stately qualities of their prototypes. This low-mileage, four car-set will look great on a shelf but will also provide enjoyment on your layout as all lights and couplers work!
An illuminated "Madison-car" Passenger Set from 1948-49: three Tuscan-painted Bakelite "heavyweight" Pullman cars with white, heat-stamped lettering & plain window inserts plus 6-wheel trucks with coil couplers:
2625 IRVINGTON
Pullman
E/E+ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips plus some of the window strips are cracked and pushed in but they are ORIGINAL and 90% intact. In addition, the lamp support brackets are reproduction items. (Can only be detected by turning the car upside down). It is a clean car with very strong lettering!
An "aerial" view.
2627 MADISON
Pullman
Ex. Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
Various paint chips -- mostly along the roof line on both sides. In addition, there are a few places where the window strips are cracked and pushed in but they are ORIGINAL and 95% intact. It is a clean car with very strong lettering!
An "aerial" view.
2628 MANHATTAN
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips plus some of the window strips are cracked pushed in but they are ORIGINAL and 95% intact. It is a clean car with very strong lettering!
An "aerial" view.
===> ===> ===> ===> $ 725 Photo of all three cars.
<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Not perfect but very presentable!
The "Madison" cars incorporated a prewar carry-over design and these deluxe Pullmans represented the best that Lionel had to offer in the way of passenger cars for the early postwar years. Each car has functional doors, celluloid window strips and a decorative air brake plus six-wheel articulated light trucks with operating coil couplers. The old-fashioned (but prototypical) appearance from a by-gone era will add an element of charm to any display or layout. They are also useful items for an operator as all lights, doors and couplers work! Each car measures 15 inches long (coupler to coupler) and these very sturdy cars will look great behind any large locomotive -- especially a GG1 or a Hudson!

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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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