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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: April 19, 2014

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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 Work Car:
2620 Searchlight Car E- Yes $60
SOLD
A Floodlight Car from 1939: The red-painted body measures 6 1/2 inches long.
Photo of the other side.
Has nickel brakestands, nickel plus trucks with nickel journals and box couplers.
Another view.
Some scratches on the top of the light housing and some paint loss on the leans retainer as well as some paint loss on the car's edges. That's about it for flaws; it is clean and it does light.
An "aerial" view.

It is a good-looking and very useful car that will add some light to your layout!
Prewar Accessories:
35 Boulevard
Lamp Post
Ex. Yes $ 25 A nice, medium-gray painted, die-cast lamp post from 1941-42: has an opalescent, octagonal lampshade that is topped by a cap shaped like a crown of thorns. The fixture measures 6 1/8 inches high. Made after WW2 as well as before but this is the prewar version.

Repair made to a crack in the globe plus the finial has rust on it and there are some scratches on the post. However, the flaws are not major and do not detract from the beauty of this unusual piece. It is very clean overall, all original and all intact -- and of course, the fixture does light!
Close-up of the globe where the repair was made.
Note that the close-up photo makes the crack appear to be worse than it really is.
Close-up of the base underside.

File Photo showing both a 1941-42 prewar version and a postwar version of the #35.
The postwar version is painted silver; the 1941-42 version of the prewar version is painted medium gray.
Close-up of the bases of both the prewar and postwar versions.

This useful layout piece is described in one guidebook as "a detailed replica of a prototype design that can still be seen in some American towns and cities." The gray-painted prewar version is the hardest #35 Boulevard Lamp Post to find.
93 Water Tower VG+/OB Yes $ 75 All-metal water tower from the early 1940s: red ("vermilion") base, aluminum-painted tower & tank plus a black spout.
Three views of the water tank.
Some scuffs on the top of the tank and a little chipping of the decal plus some paint chips on the base. Overall it is very nice: all original and very clean!
Close-up of the base.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape residue; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the Fort Wayne Corrugated Paper Co. and it is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.

Great piece that always adds interest to a layout!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 93 Water Towers.
154 Highway
Crossing Signal
E+/OB Yes $195 Here's a very unusual item: the 154 road crossing signal but it is the version from 1940-41 with the base painted in "Hiawatha" orange. Has a silver-painted steel post plus a die-cast crossbuck with black lettering and screw-type bulbs.
Photo of the base.
A few scratches and some paint loss around the mounting holes on the base providing evidence that this signal was once used on a layout. In addition, a small amount of insulation is missing from the original wiring but that does not affect operation as it works perfectly! It is also very clean with nice lettering.

This prewar signal has a die-cast crossbuck with lettering applied to the surface but not raised. The lettering on the postwar version is embossed (raised).
File photo of the crossbuck on a prewar version & the one on a postwar version.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Has the circular cardboard insert to protect the crossarm! It is the correct "Art Deco" prewar box.
Photo of the cardboard insert, envelope, instruction sheet contactor & wires.
Includes the correct original envelope #154-23, the correct instruction sheet #154-20, dated 6-40 (tears), the original 154C contactor and the three original (used) connecting wires.

Very useful illuminated highway crossing signal. The black base version was offered by Lionel for many years but this orange base version is a tough one to find!

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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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