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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: August 16, 2016

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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:
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Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Powered
Passenger Car
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E+ Yes $225 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.
Has the usual blemishes and tarnishing associated with silver paint but nothing significant. In addition, the decorative roof horns have some oxidation. The cab is very clean overall with nice, crisp lettering! The frame is equally as nice plus there is no battery damage!
Another view.
This very-low-mileage unit was serviced by us and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.

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.
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.
Just the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint. The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.
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.
Just the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint. The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.
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.
Just the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint. The roof has some scuff marks and the frame has rust. The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice even silver.
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Photo of the roof.
===> ===> ===> Yes $295
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

Three good-looking 52-year-old cars! Only the third time we have ever had these three rather obscure cars -- and this time we broke up a complete set (Outfit #11490) thus enabling us to offer them for sale separately!

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.
Illuminated, Santa Fe Passenger Car Set from 1966 only (silver painted with blue, heat-stamped lettering).

How uncommon are these cars? They came unboxed in only one catalogued set (#11590 sold in 1966 and they were pulled by 212 Santa Fe Alco AA Diesels). Those cars were also available as separate sale items for $9.00 apiece but they did not come in any uncatalogued sets!
2408 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
E+ 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 the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint plus all four "wheel wells" have an abnormal contour that may reflect a shell that should have been a factory reject. All four areas look uniform and there is no loss of silver paint so there is a very strong probability that this is an example of a problem with the manufacturing mold. The car is still very nice overall: very clean with crisp lettering and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking car!
2409 Santa Fe
Pullman
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The "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Some discoloration below three of the windows on one side (probably from someone trying to clean the area) plus the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint but nothing major. The car is still nice: very clean with crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking car!
2410 Santa Fe
Observation Car
E+ 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.
Some box rub and light scratches plus the usual discoloration and common flaws associated with silver paint but nothing major. The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and 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.

A good-looking car!
===> ===> ===> Yes $450
SOLD
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above

This is a rather obscure set that is 50 years old. It is only the second 2408-09-10 set we have ever had for sale as the cars are SCARCE! All three cars appear to be unrun; however we "bench tested" them and all lights and couplers work!

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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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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