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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: November 11, 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:
025 Illuminated Bumper E++ Yes $ 35 A lighted die-cast, black-painted "O" gauge track bumper from 1928-33 with nickel light guard.
Another view.
Measures 3 1/4 inches long by 2 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches high.
Photo of the bottom.
Minor rub marks in some places and that's about it for flaws: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and very little loss of the tint on the original red bulb!

A very useful layout piece as it does light!
91 Circuit Breaker E++ Yes $ 45
An illuminated die-cast circuit breaker from 1930-42: version with a brown base and nickel light cover. The circuit breaker is designed to be wired between the transformer and the track to provide protection against short circuits. The piece measures 4 inches high and the base is 2 3/4 inches square.
Another view of the circuit breaker.
A little deterioration in one corner and that's about it for flaws! The accessory is very, very clean with nice lettering on the backplate.

Has two levels of sensitivity (a low range and a high range); it is a good-looking and very useful item -- plus it works perfectly! This is the first 91 Circuit Breaker we have ever offered for sale as they are usually in rough shape.
154 Highway
Crossing Signal
E++ Yes $ 45 Very useful illuminated highway crossing signal offered by Lionel for many years. Version from 1940-41 with aluminum-painted pole. Has a die-cast crossbuck with black lettering and screw-type bulbs.
Photo of the back of the signal.
A few paint chips on the crossbuck and that's about it for flaws! The signal is very, very clean with very strong lettering.
Close-up of the crossbuck and bulbs.
Includes the correct #154C contactor.
Photo of the contactor and a close-up of the base.

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).
Photo of the crossbuck on the prewar version & the postwar version.

A good-looking signal -- plus it works perfectly! Hard to envision a layout without a highway crossing signal.
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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