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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 14, 2021

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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
60 Trolley Ex. Yes $110 A 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with blue lettering and a red roof. Version with solid one-piece bumpers.
Photo of one end.
A few small scratches and some paint overspray on one end plus some minor discoloration in the roof. None of those flaws are major and this unit is nice: completely intact and very clean with nice lettering -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof!
Another view.
Has the original pole and original mounting clip.
An "aerial" view.

A low-mileage trolley that is ready for a layout! The unit was serviced by us and this very photogenic and prototypical unit lights and runs great!
400 =============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Powered
Passenger Car
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Ex. Yes $135
SOLD
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.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
Cab: typical Budd Car flaws -- some light scratches, scuffs and burrs but it is very clean overall with nice even silver and strong lettering!
Photo of one end.
Chassis: a very small chip on one pilot edge plus some minor rust on the frame. The frame is clean overall and there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end with the small chip pointed out.
This unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.

This prototypical-looking Budd Car is a smooth runner and it is ready for a layout.
404 ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-4 Budd
Powered
Mail-Baggage Car
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Fair Yes $ 75 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, operating couplers and three interior lights that provide nice, even illumination.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
Cab: lots of stains, scratches, burrs and scuffs plus there is some weak lettering and one end is cracked (visible in the next photo).
Photo of one end.
Chassis: has some battery damage plus there is no horn.
Photo of the other end.
This unit was serviced and it lights and runs great!
Two views of the roof.

Not in collector-quality condition by any means but it is a very, very low-mileage engine that can be enjoyed on a layout for years to come.
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
Ex. Yes $ 65 All original, illuminated "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips from 1955-58: has a silver-painted roof and body with red, heat-stamped lettering plus fancy passenger trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and some box rub in places plus the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (minor discoloration, light stains and evidence of handling). The car is clean overall with crisp lettering and nice even silver -- plus it does light.
Two views of the roof.
The 2432 Clifton was produced from 1954 to 1958; however, the silver knuckle pins on the couplers date this car as a 1955-58 item.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic.
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
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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.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
Photo of one end.
Minimal run time and minimal flaws!
Photo of the other end.
The car is very, very clean with very nice silver and crisp lettering -- and of course, the lights work!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; discolored; puncture; glue residue; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of both large, long sides of the box.

Great-looking, prototypical car in a very strong and very hard-to-find box!
Passenger Sets:
Two different versions of the 2432-2434-2436 Red-lettered Passenger Car Set:
Illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1957-58 (silver with red lettering):
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
Ex./OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has a couple of scratches; minimal flaws on the sides.
Two views of the roof.
Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and overall the car is very clean with crisp lettering.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape residue; two small areas of the top layer missing from tape removal). The box is solid: clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
2434 Newark
Pullman
Ex./OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Coach" with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has few scratches and light stains; the sides have some scuffs and stains (nothing major).
Two views of the roof.
Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and overall the car is very clean with nice crisp lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases). One of the nicest 2434 boxes we have ever had: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
2436 Mooseheart
Observation Car
Ex./OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Lounge" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of scratches on the rear skirt plus some stains on the roof. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering.
Photo of the tail section.
Despite the scratches (visible in the next photo), the tail section is completely intact.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape residue; small area of the top layer missing from tape removal). The box is solid: clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Note that the Mooseheart Observation Car is somewhat harder to find than the Summit Observation Car that came in earlier sets.
==> ==> ==> Yes $395
On
HOLD
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Our Archives Page has more on this passenger car series.
A good-looking, 63-year-old set with very presentable boxes! It will look fine on display but it is also a very useful set for a layout or for around the Christmas tree as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work!
Illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1955 (silver with red lettering):
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
2434 Newark
Pullman
E+/OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Coach" with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Has some scratches on the roof and some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is very clean with nice even silver and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
2436 Summit
Observation Car
Ex./OB Yes |
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All original, lighted "Lounge" Car with silhouetted window strips.
Photo of the other side.
Has some scratches on the roof and some box rub on the sides plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (light stains and other evidence of handling). Nothing is melted, cracked or missing and the car is clean with fairly even silver and crisp lettering.
Photo of the tail section.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; scrapes; "aged" look). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
==> ==> ==> Yes $395 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Our Archives Page has more on this passenger car series.
Perfect? No. Nice? Yes! It is a good-looking, 65-year-old set with very presentable (and correct 1955) original boxes! It will look fine on display but it is also a very useful set for a layout or for around the Christmas tree as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work!
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The most desirable of the "Madison-car" Passenger Sets -- three illuminated Tuscan-painted Bakelite "heavyweight" Pullman cars from 1950 with white, heat-stamped lettering & silhouetted window inserts plus 6-wheel trucks with coil couplers:
2625 IRVINGTON
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
Has a few minor paint chips plus a small scratch on the roof. The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.
2627 MADISON
Pullman
E+ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
Has a few paint chips and some box rub in places. The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.
2628 MANHATTAN
Pullman
E- Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
Has a few paint chips (the "L" & "I" lettering in "LINES" is virtually gone on one side) plus some box rub in places. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.
===> ===> ===> ===> $950
SOLD
<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars.
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 1950 Hudson!

First Madison Car Set from 1950 we have ever had available for separate sale! Note that in addition to the silhouetted window strips, the cars from 1950 differed from the earlier versions in several other ways: the coil couplers were taped plus the wire leads from the lights pass directly through the frame and are not as visible from the sides; in addition, some (but not all) of the 1950 cars had the first "L" in "LIONEL LINES" over the first window in the center group (as on the 2627 & 2628 in this set).
An illuminated "Madison-car" Passenger Set from 1946-48: 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++ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips plus one window is "open" (common problem with these cars as the window strips become brittle and break away from the inside clips). The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.
2627 MADISON
Pullman
E++ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
A few windows are "open" (common problem with these cars as the window strips become brittle and break away from the inside clips). The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.
2628 MANHATTAN
Pullman
E++ Yes |
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Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the steps plus a few windows are "open" (common problem with these cars as the window strips become brittle and break away from the inside clips). The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.
===> ===> ===> ===> $825
SOLD
<=== Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
Photo of all three cars.
Nicest "Madison-car" set we have ever had available for sale!
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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