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Passenger Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: December 12, 2017

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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 $ 185 A 4-wheel, Birney-style, illuminated "RAPID TRANSIT" Trolley from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Yellow with blue lettering and a red roof. Version with two-part spring bumpers.
Photo of one end.
Minimal flaws! The Trolley is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering -- plus there are no melt marks in the roof!
Another view.
Has the original pole and mounting clip.
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #60-103 dated 8/55 (tears & wrinkled).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Middle Classic" box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside; no insert). A few flaws but this box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version of the Trolley.
Another view of the box.

A low-mileage trolley that is ready for a layout! The unit was serviced by us and this very photogenic and prototypical unit lights and runs great!
404 ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
RDC-4 Budd
Powered
Mail-Baggage Car
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E+ Yes $375 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, an operating horn and three interior lights that provide nice, even illumination.
A close-up of one side showing the clean silver & crisp lettering.
Has a couple of light scratches on the roof plus the usual minor imperfections associated with silver paint.
Photo of one end.
That's it for flaws; it is very, very clean with bright silver and with nice, crisp lettering! The chassis is equally as nice plus with no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This very, very low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two views of the roof.

The 404 Mail-baggage Car is much harder to find than the 400 RDC Passenger Car and we have had very, very few 404 Budd Cars in collector-quality condition over the years. This one is sharp and it is ready for your layout or display shelf.
2436 Mooseheart
Observation Car
VG/OB Yes $ 75 The silver-painted, red-lettered Mooseheart "Lounge" car -- a lighted Observation Car from 1957-58: This "tail" car has silhouetted window strips plus fancy passenger trucks and a single operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A small stain and one scratch on the roof; the sides have some scuff marks and scratches; both the roof and the sides have the normal imperfections associated with silver paint (discoloration and evidence of handling).
Photo of the observation deck.
The car is fairly clean overall with strong lettering -- plus it does light. The tail section is completely intact -- never rear-ended or involved in a crash. The window strips, roof and finials are all original.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; discoloration; tape residue; small dent; tape inside; "period" price stamping). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and somewhat square & sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The Mooseheart is much harder to find than the 2436 Summit Observation Car. The Mooseheart is the correct observation car for set #1600 (which was headed up by the 216 Burlington Alco) and set #1608W (which was headed up by the 209 New Haven Alco AA units).
Our Archives Page has information on the passenger car series that included this car.
2442 Clifton
Vista Dome
Ex./OB Yes $140 All original, illuminated, red-striped "Viewing" car with silhouetted window strips from 1956 only:
Photo of the other side.
Minor bowing on one side and some scratches plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is very nice overall: clean with crisp lettering, gorgeous striping and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; scrape; tears; creases; tape residue; some discoloration). A few flaws but this box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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. This is the first 2442 Clifton Vista Dome we have ever had available for separate sale!
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
Pullman
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 $195
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.
RARE Passenger Cars from Set #2544W:
three very nice (and UNUSED) extruded aluminum Santa Fe red-striped cars:
2561 VISTA VALLEY
Observation Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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The "Lounge" car -- a lighted boat-tail Observation Car with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual glue residue showing above & below the stripes (more on one side than the other) plus a few small scratches on the roof and a little box rub on the rear roof section. The car is sharp overall: very, very clean with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis plus 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.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (repaired rip about the size of a nickel; tears; creases; scuffs; panel partially separated; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but this box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.
2562 REGAL PASS
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.
Has the usual original glue residue showing above & below the stripes and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis plus it was NEVER RUN!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; panel partially separated; glue residue; tape).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.
2563 INDIAN FALLS
Pullman
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes |
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The "Coach" -- a lighted Pullman with original silhouetted window strips:
Photo of the other side.
Has a few burrs on one side and some small scratches on the roof plus the normal original glue residue showing in spots and that's about it for flaws. The car is sharp: nice striping, shiny silver and a clean chassis plus it was NEVER RUN!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; stains; writing; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this box is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.
===> ===> ===> Yes $1,175 Price for the three-car Passenger Set described above.
The aluminum passenger car outfits were among the nicest passenger sets produced by Lionel in the postwar era. These particular cars came in outfit #2544W -- the rare "Super Chief" Streamliner set, which was the top-of-the-line passenger outfit for both 1959 and 1960! We have never had UNUSED cars from that set available for sale before and the boxes are among the nicest 2561-2-3 boxes we have ever had! Great for your display case as the cars are real eye-catchers; we also "bench tested" the cars and all lights and couplers work! Each one of these impressive and realistic-looking, fluted streamlined cars measures 16 1/2 inches coupler to coupler and one guidebook notes that outfit #2544W is "one of the premier postwar sets, rivaling the more notable 2296W Canadian Pacific set." Lionel noted on page 35 of their 1959 consumer catalog that the real "Super Chief" was the ". . . train preferred by celebrities!" while on page 30 of their 1960 consumer catalog, Lionel noted that the "Santa Fe is the choice of those who insist on the very best in railroading luxury" and that "modern designing gives it a sleek and regal appearance." We agree!

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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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