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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 17, 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:
400 =============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-1 Budd
Powered
Passenger Car
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E+ Yes $275 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
Pullman
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 on the roof plus the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (some light discoloration in spots). 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.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; some dirt; tape; "aged" look). The box is decent even with the flaws as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 2429 Livingston Pullman was sold in 1952 & 1953 but the "non-OPS" Middle Classic box helps to identify this car as a 1953 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.
2432 Clifton
Vista Dome
See Notes Yes $ 60 All original, illuminated "Viewing" Car with silhouetted window strips. Silver-painted body with red, heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Roof: has the usual discoloration and scuffs associated with silver paint plus there are some scratches and paint loss (VG on balance). Sides: a few light scratches plus the usual blemishes associated with silver paint but nothing severe (Excellent minus).
Two views of the roof.
The 2432 was produced from 1954 to 1958; however, the couplers (with black knuckle pins) help to date this car as a 1954-55 item.

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.
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
2543 WILLIAM PENN
Pullman
E+/OB Yes $175
SOLD
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!

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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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