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Prewar Lionel

This Web Page Last Updated: February 25, 2024

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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).

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Prewar Lionel Sets, Engines & Cars
Cat # Item GradePhotoPriceDetails
Prewar Accessories
Cat # Item GradePhotoPriceDetails
93 Water Tower Ex./OB Yes $ 55
All-metal water tower from 1940: red ("vermilion") base, aluminum-painted tower & tank plus a black spout. It measures approximately 8 3/8 inches tall.
Two views of the water tank.
Part of the decal is missing plus there are some scratches on the sides of the base and that's about it for flaws! It is all original and clean overall with nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the tank.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; store stamping; "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, square & sturdy plus there is no un-original tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest prewar 93 boxes we have ever had.
Close-up of the manufacturer's information and date.
The corrugated box was made by the Continental Container Corp. and it has the year of manufacture (1940) preprinted on it.

A good looking item that always adds interest to a layout!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 93 Water Towers.

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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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