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Collector's Guide To Postwar Lionel Trains, 1945-1969

Numerically arranged listings allow for rapid reference of prices during auctions. This compact and comprehensive guide provides you with 2,000+ accurate and easily accessible listings, with secondary market values for the legendary Lionel trains cherished by a majority of today's toy train collectors, including Baby Boomer-age collectors reliving the joys of their youth. This handy and numerically organized train book contains an impressive collection of more than 1,000+ color photos of various models, including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, motorized units, flatcars, tank and vat cars, accessories and catalog sets. Perfect for use at shows or to keep in a desk drawer for quick reference during online auctions.

Series: Collector's Guide

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Krause Publications (October 4, 2007)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0896895416

ISBN-13: 978-0896895416

Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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This book is a very good price guide for postwar Lionel trains and accessories. The several hundred color pictures of Lionel locomotives, cars and equipment that are included within the book are excellent. I recommend this book for anyone in need of a Lionel price guide. But keep in mind that this book is basically a price guide only. If you are looking for a book which includes historical or genealogical type information on Lionel products as well as prices, this is not the book for you.

This is a great guide. It lists almost everything Lionel made for O-Gauge trains since World War II. It's great if you don't know the exact model number of the piece you're trying to value for possible purchase or sale because it's loaded with over 500 color photos and in depth descriptions to enable you to positively identify most train engines, cars, and accessories. I purchased this book and Greenberg's Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2012. The prices in Greenberg's are more up to date, but the photos in Doyle's book are absolutely necessary to identify some Lionel pieces that do not have a cast or stamped number on them. I was thinking about putting my entire Lionel collection up for sale on the Spacecoast Craigslist site for about $1,000 until I bought these books. I'm not done cataloging, photographing, and pricing everything, and I'm already over the $3,000 mark (pricing each piece according to it's current condition).Collector's Guide to Postwar Lionel Trains, 1945-1969

Postwar Lionel Train 1945-1969 is a great book for beginner looking to stat a collection of Lionel Trains or just getting a good price for a set to run at home. It has many color photographs so you are able to see what the different train cars, engins, and other accessories look like. One thing I wish it had is a description page or chart of what colors they are writing about; Lionel has many different colors for their trains and i don't know one red color from another. It looks brown or dark brown to me. I know I'm not the only one with the problem. All in all, this is a great book, there may be others but I like this one.


This inexpensive little paperback is essential in learning about prewar lionels. Although I haven't looked much at the Train Sets and Accessories sections, the O gauge section lists most of the models and variations I deal with. There are excellent photos for selected items, three or four on right page opposite twenty or so items on left page. There certainly are more complete books on these Lionel trains, but these Doyle guides are great. (The prewar guide is also very good, and also has Standard Gauge and Accessory sections as well as the O gauge.)

My husband ordered this book and has really been pleased with the information. It has helped to identify his train. The book arrived quickly and in good condition. We would buy from this seller again.

This is a great book to show pictures, rate item , give rarity, and describe item. Now I need to get a prewar guide like it .Highly success to get this book as a collector

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