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Details of Postwar Lionel Train Cataloged Sets by Year, Set  and Contents with detailed descriptions and hundreds of photos. Have a set to sell? Just send me an email. I am located in Boise Idaho and I am happy to travel to buy larger collections if more practical.

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1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960



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Determining the value of an Old Lionel Train Set is based on its condition, meaning how complete is the set? Does it have its original carton, all inner boxes, original lionel stamped wraps for the cars and locomotive, all boxes in good shape? Meaning they are clean, square and bright? Lionel used a box flap retaining system that has torn the end off of many of these original boxes. A box missing the end flaps is called a telescope.. : ) Unfortunately, these have no real value. But they probably did a good job of protecting the trains over the years. A fresh looking set with all original contents is worth much more than a Lionel Train set that is in average condition. and a Mint set, while hard to find, will alswyas bring a premuim price. The set shown below is a mont original set, shown wiht the inspection tags for each car, not the green inspectiontag in front of the locomotive, believe it or not, this small tag with the correct aldder imprint from packing makes a big difference in the value of the locomotive and set.

Condition Vs Desireability

While condition is eveyrthing, the desireability of the set is the balancing act of determining the value. A common Lionel set in mint condition could be worth the same as a rare set in poor condition.

Lionel outfit No 1587S or X738 Girls Pink Train Set from 1957

It is best not to try to clean your trains, it is easy to damage them by inproper cleaning. Running condition is normally not important either, but many Lionel Trains were made with a horn system that used a battery. If the trains were put away with the battery still inside the train, they normally leak over time causing corrosin and damage to the trains.  As you might imagine this makes an otherwise valuabe train worth very little.



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