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Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Postwar Operating Cars (Soft Cover)

Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Postwar Operating Cars (Soft Cover)

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Based on 1,000’s of authentic internal postwar Lionel documents as well as the expert observations of two leading postwar historians, Joseph P. Algozzini and Emanuel F. Piazza, this volume provides the most complete and authoritative guide to Lionel’s operating cars.
It is the first volume to include both price and rarity for COMPLETE component boxed items, including:
  • All known and authenticated operating car variations
  • All peripherals that came with the operating car
  • Original Boxes
  • Instruction Sheets
  • Insert & liners
  • Packed Envelopes

It also includes:

  • An introduction by Roger Carp covering the history of Lionel’s operating cars
  • Rarity based on actual production numbers
  • Definitions of operating car suffixes
  • Comprehensive appendices on boxes, trucks and couplers and box car “Types”

This is the first time this level of detail straight from postwar Lionel has been compiled.  This refreshing and new research will increase any collector or operators expertise on this subject.

The soft cover edition is perfect bound with an attractive and durable "glossy" cover.  This volume was manufactured to provide a timeless reference.

Soft Cover, 160 Pages, 8½" x 11", Full Color, 325+ Photos

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  1. Excellent insight into the history of how Lionel conducted business after WW2 and during the 1960's 5 Star Review

    (Submitted on Apr 23rd 2023)

    Great insight into Lionel's operating cars.

  2. Authoritive Guide and they are not kidding. 5 Star Review

    (Submitted on Sep 29th 2017)

    This guide answered all my questions in regards to operating car variations with great photos and descriptions. Thanks and keep up the good work!

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