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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: January 21, 2021

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This page contains our current inventory of Prewar Lionel engines, rolling stock, cabooses, passenger cars, accessories, original boxes and other paper items. It includes both standard gauge and O-gauge trains made during the prewar era (1901 - 1942).

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Prewar Lionel Sets, Engines & Cars
Cat # Item GradePhotoPriceDetails
806 Stock Car VG Yes $ 25 All-original, Cattle car from 1929: orange body and doors, pea green roof and door guides, brass strap door handles and brakewheels plus brass plates with black block lettering. has 4-wheel trucks with nickel journals and latch couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some stains and discoloration in the paint on the roof; couplers and wheels are tarnished; missing one journal.
Two "aerial" views.
Fairly clean overall with vibrant-looking paint.

A good-looking car even with the flaws!
1666 Steam Engine
(no tender)
E+ Yes $110
A lonesome 2-6-2 Prairie-type steam engine from 1940-41 -- just the loco, no tender.
Photo of the right side.
Has a diecast boiler, spoked drive wheels, wire handrails, a four-window cab and an operating headlight.
Photo of the front.
Scratches on the pilot platform by one of the handrail holes plus a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws: it is very clean with gorgeous numbering, vibrant paint and nice side rods plus the marker lights and cowcatcher steps are completely intact.
Two "aerial" views.

This good-looking, low-mileage loco lights and runs great -- it is ready for some service on a layout.
Prewar Accessories
Cat # Item GradePhotoPriceDetails
58 Lamp Post E+/OB Yes $ 60 A nice-looking dark-green, painted, die-cast gooseneck lamp post from the '30s:
An "aerial" view of the Lamp.
Comes with the ORIGINAL white teardrop-shaped bulb and the fixture measures 7 1/2 inches high.
Close-up of the underside of the base.
Has some small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean and there are no cracks in the shade.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (missing one end flap and all of the inner flaps plus a small section of one side; tears; creases; tape). The box is crummy but it helps to date the piece plus it will protect the lamp post in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

The original bulb is all intact and the fixture does light! This useful and rather ornate layout piece represents one of the nicest prewar lamp posts we have ever had!
068 Warning Signal Ex. Yes $ 20 A pea-green, painted, metal post made from 1925-1942: early version with a tapered open girder, square base and a cutout brass diamond sign with black lettering. The fixture measures 6 7/16 inches high.
Close-up of the lettering on the sign.
Slight crease in the sign plus some paint loss on the upper part of the post and a few paint chips on the top of the base as well as some paint loss on the bottom of the base.
Close-up of the top of the base.
It is very clean with gorgeous lettering on the sign!
Close-up of the underside of the base.

A nice, inexpensive, useful layout piece!

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In the early years of the 20th Century, Joshua Lionel Cowen built a toy train company that became an industry giant. Thanks to high-quality products and innovative marketing techniques, the Lionel Corporation developed into a piece of Americana.

In the prewar era, Lionel offered some of the most colorful and ornate trains in their history. Although in many cases, they have a primitive look about them, they also possess an old-world charm unmatched to this day. The quaint accessories of this era were ingenious and impressive.

Increase the attractiveness of your modern-day railroad and add an alluring Prewar Lionel accessory or signal. Expand your collection by purchasing an engine or car from Lionel's wonderful early years.

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