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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: July 2, 2018

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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 and Accessories
Cat # Item GradePhotoPriceDetails
Prewar Accessories:
165 Gantry Crane VG/OB Yes $175 Fascinating accessory from 1941: -- the "triple-action" Magnet crane: has the original cab, boom, hook and electromagnet. Has a green-painted Bakelite base, steel tower with a red ladder, die-cast tower top which encloses the motor & gearbox assembly, a cream cab with a red roof, a green Bakelite boom and a silver base plus a red light inside the cab which indicates when the magnet is energized! Measures 10 1/2 inches in height with the base 6 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
Another view of the crane.
The cab roof has some paint loss; the cab & cab base have some discoloration; the base and tower have some paint loss and discoloration but none of the flaws are severe. Missing the crank knob and the bag of scrap metal.
Photo of the back of the crane.
This unit is very clean overall -- the cab has nice vibrant paint with gorgeous lettering!
Close-up of the controller.
Has the correct 165C controller and all functions of this accessory work perfectly -- including the light inside the cab!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original #165-80 instruction sheet (dated 3/41).

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; mildly distorted; some dirt; "aged" look; no insert).
Another view of the box.
This 77-year-old Standard Corrugated Case Corporation box is fairly clean and sturdy plus the label is largely intact -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.

Nice operating crane that will provide lots of "play value" on a layout!

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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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