Vintage Lionel Trains

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Vintage Lionel Trains - Don’t Forget These Buying Tips

Toy trains have been around for some time now and one of the most popular brands happens to be Lionel. Today you can purchasing beautiful vintage Lionel trains to display and use within your home. Of course, you need to purchase wisely to ensure you get a great deal for your money. After all, you want to find a train that is in great shape and you also want to avoid spending too much money as well. When you are ready to buy, don’t forget these buying tips.

One of the most important buying tips you should remember when purchasing vintage Lionel trains is to know how value is determined on these trains. It’s a good idea to figure out how collectors decide on what these trains are worth. This way you pay a reasonable price and you can know a good selling price as well if you ever decide to sell the trains that you purchase. There are several great guides out there that offer pricing guides to help you figure out how much these vintage Lionel trains should end up costing you. Of course, remember that these figures are simply guides and not a definite cost. Just make sure that the amount you pay is reasonably close to the amounts you find in top guides today.

Prewar Lionel Flying Yankee train set; # 616, 617 x 2, 618, very good condition
Prewar Lionel Flying Yankee train set; # 616, 617 x 2, 618, very good condition
$500.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:12:10 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $500.00
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6-Story Brunswick Hotel O Scale Office Hotel Building Lionel MTH train layouts
6-Story Brunswick Hotel O Scale Office Hotel Building Lionel MTH train layouts
$61.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:12:13 PDT
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Lionel New Santa Fe 8919 Shell
Lionel New Santa Fe 8919 Shell
$24.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:13:15 PDT
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LIONEL TRAINS NO. 19627 TANK CAR SD SHELL PLATED - VERY NICE
LIONEL TRAINS NO. 19627 TANK CAR SD SHELL PLATED - VERY NICE
$37.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:13:51 PDT
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+LIONEL 17906 SCM UNI-BODY TANK CAR / MIB / PRIVATE COLLECTION
+LIONEL 17906 SCM UNI-BODY TANK CAR / MIB / PRIVATE COLLECTION
$69.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:14:28 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $69.95
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*AUTOGRAPHED* 2011 Kyle Busch #18 SNICKERS PB SQUARED Lionel 1/24 Diecast Car
*AUTOGRAPHED* 2011 Kyle Busch #18 SNICKERS PB SQUARED Lionel 1/24 Diecast Car
$112.45
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:15:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $112.45
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Lionel Union Pacific 2-8-8-2 Locomotive & Tender
Lionel Union Pacific 2-8-8-2 Locomotive & Tender "3672" Item No. 6-38065
$899.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:16:19 PDT
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+LIONEL 17906 SCM CHEMICALS UNI-BODY TANK CAR /  MIB / PRIVATE COLLECTION
+LIONEL 17906 SCM CHEMICALS UNI-BODY TANK CAR / MIB / PRIVATE COLLECTION
$69.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:16:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $69.95
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Lionel 12875 RAILROADER CLUB TRACTOR & TRAILER NIB
Lionel 12875 RAILROADER CLUB TRACTOR & TRAILER NIB "O"
$21.97
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:17:56 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $21.97
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LIONEL POSTWAR TRAIN 2421,2422,2423,2429 ALL VERY GOOD ORIGINAL W/BOXS
LIONEL POSTWAR TRAIN 2421,2422,2423,2429 ALL VERY GOOD ORIGINAL W/BOXS
$248.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:18:01 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $248.00
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LIONEL POSTWAR 3474 WESTERN PACIFIC OPERATING BOXCAR
LIONEL POSTWAR 3474 WESTERN PACIFIC OPERATING BOXCAR
$54.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:18:02 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $54.00
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SIGNED 2011 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #6 Blackwell Angus NATIONWIDE CHAMP Lionel 1/24
SIGNED 2011 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #6 Blackwell Angus NATIONWIDE CHAMP Lionel 1/24
$103.45
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:18:12 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $103.45
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LIONEL Route 66 FC W/ Ford Wagon & Trailer *NEW* 6-17549
LIONEL Route 66 FC W/ Ford Wagon & Trailer *NEW* 6-17549
$60.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:19:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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2013 Hallmark NIB
2013 Hallmark NIB "2037 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE" Lionel Trains LIMITED EDITION
$30.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:19:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $40.24
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At & Sf, Northern Pacific & Santa Fe 6464 Boxcars 3 pak
At & Sf, Northern Pacific & Santa Fe 6464 Boxcars 3 pak
$129.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:19:33 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $129.95
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Lionel No.6827 Harnischfeger Power Shovel Car/ unran in box
Lionel No.6827 Harnischfeger Power Shovel Car/ unran in box
$131.49
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:20:17 PDT
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Lionel #52419 LOTS 2006 Touring Layout Car Un-cataloged
Lionel #52419 LOTS 2006 Touring Layout Car Un-cataloged
$79.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:22:37 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $79.95
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NEW Lionel AF American Flyer Lines Steam Locomotive 6-42566 NIB
NEW Lionel AF American Flyer Lines Steam Locomotive 6-42566 NIB
$81.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:22:59 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $81.99
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NEW Lionel AF Fort Knox Mint Car 6-48845 NIB
NEW Lionel AF Fort Knox Mint Car 6-48845 NIB
$51.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:23:03 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $51.99
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LIONEL 6907 NYC WOOD SIDED CABOOSE
LIONEL 6907 NYC WOOD SIDED CABOOSE
$90.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:23:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
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+LIONEL 17905 ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND UNI-BODY TANK CAR / MIB
+LIONEL 17905 ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND UNI-BODY TANK CAR / MIB
$54.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:23:22 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $54.95
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6-12017 FT FasTrack Lionel Manual Switch Left O LNLU2017
6-12017 FT FasTrack Lionel Manual Switch Left O LNLU2017
$29.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:23:53 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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 LIONEL6-8002 UNION PACIFIC ENGINE and TENDER
LIONEL6-8002 UNION PACIFIC ENGINE and TENDER
$189.99
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:23:53 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $189.99
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LIONEL #14063
LIONEL #14063 "O31" RIGHT HAND REMOTE SWITCH TRACK
$79.95
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:24:11 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $79.95
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Prewar Lionel 384 Locomotive and Tender Restored
Prewar Lionel 384 Locomotive and Tender Restored
$136.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:25:08 PDT
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Lionel 3472 Automatic Refrigerated Milk Car Set, Tested w Box and instructions
Lionel 3472 Automatic Refrigerated Milk Car Set, Tested w Box and instructions
$105.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:25:38 PDT
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1976 Lionel 6-1776 Spirit of '76 Train 14 Piece Set with U36B Diesel  L1725
1976 Lionel 6-1776 Spirit of '76 Train 14 Piece Set with U36B Diesel L1725
$977.00
End Date: Thursday Apr-24-2014 12:25:46 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $977.00
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It’s also a good idea to know how the vintage Lionel trains are classed. After all, usually trains will fall into one of several different classes. The best option is Mint Condition, which means that the train is perfect and probably unused. The lowest end of the class is Poor Condition. This will let you know the train is in bad shape and you should probably avoid purchasing it as well. Usually it’s a good idea to purchase trains that fall somewhere between Mint Condition and Poor Condition.

Knowing these categories of classification for vintage Lionel trains can save you quite a bit of money too. If someone is trying to charge you the price for a train that they say is in Mint Condition, look carefully at the train before buying. If this train has been used even on time, it probably isn’t in Mint Condition, so you shouldn’t have to pay the higher price. This keeps you from being scammed into paying more for a train that you really should.

There are a variety of different places where you can find and purchase vintage Lionel trains today. Many antique stores carry them and you may want to browse through stores in your area. Sometimes you may even find them at yard or garage sales when people don’t even know what they are selling. You can purchase from collector’s clubs as well, which may not give you the best deal, but the price should be fair. However, probably the best place to purchase in online. There are auction sites like eBay and plenty of train websites available that you should be able to find the vintage Lionel trains that you want and buy them for a reasonable deal. It is a good idea to do some comparison shopping to see where you can get the best deal on the best train available.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when you are purchasing vintage Lionel trains. Make sure you keep these tips in mind when you go shopping. This way you avoid spending too much money. With these tips, you’ll be able to spot great trains and figure out what a reasonable price is for the vintage Lionel trains that you want to buy.

Originally posted 2011-04-17 10:47:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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