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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: May 21, 2015

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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:
1865 Western & Atlantic
Coach
E+ Yes $ 85
SOLD
A Civil War style, simulated wood-sided W. & A. R. R. Passenger Car from 1959-62: has a yellow-painted body with brown roof & brown, heat-stamped lettering, opaque window panes, simulated truss rods made of wire plus arch-bar trucks and fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the window trim and roof edges plus the roof has a few paint chips. That's about it for flaws; the car is completely intact and clean overall with sharp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking car that is not often available as a separate-sale item!
1866 Western & Atlantic
Baggage Car
E++ Yes $ 95
SOLD
A Civil War style, simulated wood-sided W. & A.R.R. U.S. Mail Car from 1959-62: has a yellow body with brown roof & brown, heat-stamped lettering, American eagle & flag decals, opaque window panes, simulated truss rods made of wire plus arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean overall and completely intact; the sides are gorgeous with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice decals!
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking car that is not often available as a separate-sale item.
1875 Western & Atlantic
Coach
E++/OB Yes $475
SOLD
Here's a car we have never had available for sale before: an illuminated Civil War style, simulated wood-sided W. & A. R. R. Passenger Car from 1959-62: has a yellow-painted body with brown roof & brown, heat-stamped lettering, opaque window panes, simulated truss rods made of wire plus arch-bar trucks and operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is spectacular -- very, very clean overall with sharp lettering, crisp lettering, near-perfect striping and nice vibrant paint! The car is completely intact and of course, it does light!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing two inner flaps; tears; creases; tape inside; panel partially separated).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.
An old store advertising sticker on the box provides a little history of this car: it was originally sold by "Madison Hardware" -- the most famous retailer of Lionel trains whose establishment was located at 105 E. 23rd St., in New York City!

This is the hardest car from the General series to locate. It was only available as a separate-sale item. This "add-on" car is scarce and the box is one of the hardest postwar boxes to find!
1885 Western & Atlantic
Coach
E++ Yes $ 375
SOLD
The uncatalogued Civil War style, simulated wood-sided W. & A. R. R. Passenger Car from 1960 only: has a blue-painted body with brown roof & white, heat-stamped lettering, opaque window panes, simulated truss rods made of wire plus arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the sides plus one small scratch on the roof. That's about it for flaws; the car is completely intact and very, very clean overall with nice striping and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

A gorgeous-looking car that was an exclusive component of the uncatalogued Halloween Set and was never made available by Lionel for separate-sale!
2542 BETSY ROSS
Vista Dome
E+/OB Yes $295 A Pennsylvania extruded-aluminum "Viewing" car from the 1956 Congressional Set:
Photo of the other side.
This lighted sight-seeing car has original Tuscan-red stripes with gold lettering and original silhouetted window strips.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Normal discoloration from the original glue behind the striping plus some small burrs and scratches. In addition the top of the dome has some color loss from box rub or scratch. It is still a very nice, all original car with a clean chassis!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; stains; "period" writing). A few flaws but this box is still very presentable as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
The 254X Congressional Cars were catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the "Late Classic" box and the presence of glue around the striping help to date this car as a 1956 item.

~~ A very attractive car in a very hard-to-find box! We have not had many individual cars from the Congressional Set available for separate sale! If you are a collector trying to build that scarce and very desirable set, this car and the ones listed above would be an excellent start. If you are an operator, this car is a great layout item as the coupler and lights work!
2543 WILLIAM PENN
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $235 A Pennsylvania extruded-aluminum "Coach" from the 1955 Congressional Set:
Photo of the other side.
This lighted sleeper has original Tuscan-red stripes with gold lettering and original silhouetted window strips.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
One scratch/burr on the roof plus the usual box rub on the vestibules. That's about it for flaws! It is a very nice, all original car with a clean chassis!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; some dirt; minor writing; loads of tape; mildly distorted). Lots of flaws but the box is still decent as it has both end flaps and all of the inner flaps plus it is fairly square and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.
The 254X Congressional Cars were catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box and the absence of glue around the striping help to date this car as a 1955 item.

~~ A very attractive car in a very hard-to-find box! We have not had many individual cars from the Congressional Set available for separate sale! If you are a collector trying to build that scarce and very desirable set, this car would be an excellent start. If you are an operator, this car is a great layout item as the couplers and lights work!
Package Deal Price for BOTH aluminum Congressional Cars described above: $500 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:

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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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