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This Web Page Last Updated: April 7, 2014

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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 $195
SOLD
A sharp 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with BLACK lettering and a red roof. Version with two-part spring bumpers.
Another view of this gorgeous Trolley.
Minimal flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the other end.
Has the original silhouetted window strips, pole and mounting clip.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box ("period" price stamping; stain).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy! However, it is technically incorrect for this version of the trolley -- as some guidebooks indicate that it should have an earlier box.
Photo of the manufacturer's data.
Has the original instruction sheet #60-103 dated 8/55 (stains).
Photo of the box insert and the instruction sheet.

This photogenic and prototypical unit is gorgeous -- plus it lights and runs great! The black-lettered version is much harder to find than the trolley with blue letters.
2414 Santa Fe
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $135 All original, illuminated, blue-striped Coach with silhouetted window strips from 1961-63: has a silver body and silver roof plus blue lettering.
Photo of the other side.
A few small scratches on the door on one side plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Overall, the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, beautiful striping and nice even silver.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing a small part of one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; mildly distorted; tape inside). This box is very presentable as it is clean and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Adding extra cars to a passenger set will always make the consist look more realistic. This car will look great on display or on a layout as the lights and couplers all work.

The 2414 is the hardest car of this series to find and this is only the second boxed 2414 we have ever offered for separate sale!
2436 Mooseheart
Observation Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $145 The silver-painted, red-lettered Mooseheart "Lounge" car -- a lighted Observation Car from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! This "tail" car has silhouetted window strips with fancy passenger trucks and single operating coupler. The window strips, roof and finials are all original.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny silver!
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section is completely intact plus we "bench tested" the car and it does light.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; nicks; tape; minor stains; "period" writing). A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean plus it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The Mooseheart Observation Car is much harder to find than the 2436 Summit Observation Car.
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
2559 ===============
Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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E+/OB Yes $495 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.
Another view.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Minimal flaws: very, very clean with bright silver and nice lettering! Has minimal run time!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; a couple of punctures; tape inside; some minor dirt). A few imperfections but this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Great looking, prototypical car in a strong and hard-to-find box!
Passenger Sets:
Illuminated Santa Fe Passenger Car Set from 1961-63: three very nice, silver-painted cars with blue lettering and wide blue stripes in matched boxes.
2412 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
E++/OB 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.
Just some scratches and rub marks on the center section of the skylight plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is sharp: crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice even silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; scrapes; ink marks; loads of tape). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car!
2414 Santa Fe
Pullman
E++/OB Yes |
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The very-elusive "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials:
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual imperfections associated with silver paint plus a few light scratches. The car is crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice even silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (one corner was crushed; tears; creases; tape residue; lots of tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: fairly clean, complete, square and fairly sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car! The 2414 is the hardest car of this series to find and the prize in this set!
2416 Santa Fe
Observation Car
E+++/OB 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.
Small piece of the window insert missing on one side in the vestibule and that's about it for flaws! The car is very sharp: crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car!
===> ===> ===> Yes $375
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

This is a very attractive, high-quality, 50-year-old set that was taken care of properly by its former owners. The boxes are a major plus as a set with matching "Picture" boxes is considerably more desirable than a set with mixed box styles. The cars will look great on a shelf or on a layout -- the set is ready to enjoy as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work!
Illuminated red-stripe Passenger Cars from 1956 only: three very nice, silver-painted cars with red lettering and wide red stripes in matched boxes.
2442 Clifton
Vista Dome
E+/OB 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.
Just some scratches and rub marks on the center section of the skylight plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is sharp: crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice even silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; minor dirt; tape inside). A few flaws but this box is very presentable as it is: complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car!
2445 Elizabeth
Pullman
E+/OB Yes |
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Yes, the very elusive ELIZABETH "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips, original roof and original finials: Like the other cars in this series (Newark, Clifton & Summit), the Elizabeth was named after a New Jersey town located near the Lionel plant.
Photo of the other side.
Minor flaws: one scratch on the roof plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Overall, this car is very, very clean with nice even paint; the lettering is crisp and the striping is near perfect.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; stains; some dirt; mildly distorted; tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car! The coveted 2445 is the hardest car of this series to find and it is the prize in this offering!
2446 Summit
Observation Car
E+/OB 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.
Minor flaws: a few scratches plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Overall, this car is very clean with nice even paint; the lettering is crisp and the striping is near perfect.
Photo of the observation deck.
The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; stains; tape inside). A very presentable box even with the imperfections as it is complete, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car!
==> ==> ==> Yes $850
SOLD

Price for the three Passenger Cars described above.

This is a very attractive, high-quality, 57-year-old set that was taken care of properly by its former owners. The boxes are a major plus as they are very difficult to find. The cars will look great on a shelf or on a layout -- the set is ready to enjoy as the window inserts are nice and all lights and couplers work! These three cars are sharp and they represent the nicest 2442-45-46 cars we have ever offered for sale and they are in the nicest 2442-45-46 boxes we have ever handled!
The Presidential Cars -- a rare illuminated Passenger Car Set from 1964:
four very nice, all-original extruded aluminum cars with decorative gold-striping, black lettering and silhouette inserts:
2521 PRESIDENT
McKINLEY

Observation Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Lounge" car -- a lighted boat-tail Observation Car with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub on the rear marker lights plus a couple of small scratches on the roof and that's about it for flaws!
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp: very clean with nice striping, nice lettering, clean chassis and a nice tail section (observation deck) -- and it was NEVER RUN!
Photo of the observation area.
The tail section (observation deck) is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; scuffs; creases; stains; punctures; tape). The box has some flaws but it is complete, square and fairly sturdy.
Another view of the box.
2522 PRESIDENT
HARRISON

Vista Dome
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Viewing" car: a lighted Vista Dome with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub on the vestibule door handles plus a couple of small stains on the roof and that's about it for flaws!
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is superb: very, very clean with nice striping, nice lettering and a clean chassis -- and it was NEVER RUN!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scuffs; creases; tape). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
2523 PRESIDENT
GARFIELD

Pullman
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The first "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub on the vestibule door handles plus a few rub marks on the roof and some dirt and nicks in the ribbing in spots.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is sharp: very clean overall with nice striping, nice lettering, clean chassis -- and it was NEVER RUN!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; scuffs; creases; some discoloration; tape inside). A solid box: clean, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.
2523 PRESIDENT
GARFIELD

Pullman
E++/OB Yes |
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The second "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Just a little box rub on the ends but minimal flaws overall!
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
The car is superb: very, very clean with nice striping, nice lettering and a clean chassis! It was on track but not much!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scuffs; creases; tape inside; darker orange color). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
===> ===> ===> Yes $1,250
On
Hold
Price for the four-car Passenger Set described above.


The aluminum passenger car outfits were among the nicest passenger sets produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Each car measures 16 1/2 inches long; they are very sturdy and they look realistic. These particular cars were pulled by the 2383 Santa Fe F3 diesels and came in Set #12780, which was an "O" gauge outfit that was available from 1964 through 1966 but these boxes indicate that they were from a 1964 set. These are the nicest Presidential cars we have ever had for sale as they are very difficult to find -- especially this nice and especially with boxes!

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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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Cabooses Accessories Sets
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