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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: November 30, 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:
60 Trolley E++/OB Yes $425
The 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley with MOTORMEN from early 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with black heat-stamped lettering and a red roof plus two-part spring bumpers.
A glimpse of the motorman on duty.
The metal silhouettes of the motormen are mounted internally on the slide at each end; when the trolley changes direction, the motormen "move" thus simulating the changing of the motorman's position.
Photo of one end.
A few light (very small) surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering and completely intact with no cracks -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof.
Photo of the other end.
Has the original pole, pole holder and roof.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; "aged" look; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (tears) and the box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the Trolley.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original instruction sheet #60-103, dated 8/55; has creases, tears and a hole.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

The initial-production trolley with motormen is the rarest and most desirable of the various trolleys made by Lionel and this one is a good-looking, all-original piece. It was serviced and it lights and runs great!
400 =============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Passenger Car
E+ Yes $175 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.
2429 Livingston
E+/OB Yes $195 Illuminated, silver "Coach" with black heat-stamped lettering, silhouetted window strips and coil couplers:
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and small paint chips plus the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (discoloration and evidence of handling). This car is very clean overall with nice even silver and crisp lettering -- and of course, it does light! The roof and sides are completely intact with no cracks or melt marks.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box with an inset of the preprinted OPS information.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dent; tape inside; mildly distorted; "period" writing). The box is decent even with the flaws as it is clean, complete 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 very presentable and it will look good on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.
Our Archives Page: more about the 242X passenger car series.
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
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 $275
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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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