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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: October 15, 2020

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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
400 =============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Powered
Passenger Car
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Ex. Yes $160 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.
2559 ===============
Baltimore and Ohio

Budd "Dummy"
Passenger Car
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Fair Yes $ 40
SOLD
A B&O RDC Budd Commuter non-powered passenger unit from 1957-58:
Photo of the other side.
Has a silver body with blue heat-stamped lettering.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
Has ornamental horns, silhouetted window strips and operating couplers.
Photo of one end.
Has three interior lights which provide nice, even illumination.
Photo of the other end.
Lots of ugly stains plus a few burrs.
Two "aerial" views.

Not in collector-quality condition by any means but thanks to the flaws, it does look like something that can be found on the real railroads. This prototypical car is ready for someone's layout as the lights and couplers work.
Passenger Sets:
Illuminated Santa Fe Passenger Cars from 1961: three silver-painted cars with blue lettering and wide blue stripes.
2412 Santa Fe
Vista Dome
Ex./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.
Has some long scratches on both sides. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original "Perforated Panel" box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front 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 some long scratches on the right side plus a few scuffs on the roof. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering & gorgeous striping plus nice bright silver!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Perforated Panel" box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; lots of tape inside; glue residue; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front 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
Ex./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.
Has a couple of small scratches on the left side plus some long scratches on the right side. The car is very clean overall with 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 "Picture" box (tears; creases; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car!
===> ===> ===> Yes $360
Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.

This is a very presentable 59-year-old set. The mixed box styles indicate that these cars were sold in 1961 as the 2412-14-16 cars were carry-over items. 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!
>Price without the boxes: $300 plus shipping.

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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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