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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: January 4, 2016

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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 Engines & Tenders:
2224W Coal Tender E+++ Yes $135 A gorgeous semi-scale, deluxe "LIONEL LINES" whistling tender. Has a diecast body, white heat-stamped lettering and a full complement of railing detail with separate steps on each corner. Has four-wheel trucks with black journals and a box coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The coal pile is completely intact and the shell is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. The frame is also very clean with the "2224W" numbering on the underside completely visible!
Photo of the rear deck.
This sharp-looking tender has a nice sounding whistle.
An "aerial" view.

Correct tender for the 224 sold in 1939 and 1940; it is also the correct style tender for a few other prewar engines.
Prewar Accessories:
58 Lamp Post VG/OB Yes $ 35
A green-painted, die-cast gooseneck lamp post from the '40s:
An "aerial" view of the Lamp.
Comes with a white teardrop-shaped bulb and the fixture measures 7 1/2 inches high.
Close-up of the base.
This useful and rather ornate layout piece has some paint loss in various spots plus the pole is a little distorted. However, it is still decent and there are no cracks in the shade.
Close-up of the underside of the base.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck and part of one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; tape residue; mildly distorted). The box has some flaws but it will protect the lamp post in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.

The original bulb is all intact and the fixture does light!

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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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