Lionel pw-2625,25,25

MADISON, MANHATTAN, IRVINGTON PASSENGER SET (RARITY 4+) made in 1948 and later have the first 'L' in the word Lionel Lines located directly over the window first window of the center window group

 

  • Irvington #2625,1946-50, was the first car introduced as a deluxe heavyweight passenger car postwar. Originally made before world war 2 with a 6 wheel tinplate truck and box couplers, post war production contained a new 6 wheel truck with knuckle couplers
  • Production of the Irvington Car continued thru 1950 (with changes)
  • The names Madison and Manhattan, both with the same number (#2625) were added in 1947
  • This created 3 cars with the same number (2325) but with 3 different names
  • In 1948, Madison was assigned the number 2627. and Manhattan was assigned the car number 2628
  • The white heat stamped markings included the words 'Lionel Lines' above the windows. 1947 production is unique because the first 'L'of the word 'Lionel Lines' is located to the left of the first window in the center window group.
  • The cars were cataloged as 3 cars sets with various locos. Having first shipped sets of 3 cars with the same name (Irvington) during 1946, confusion abounded in 1947, with many sets (if not most) still containing 3 Irvingtons or 2 of 1 name and 1 of another. Finding a set of 3 1947 cars with all 3 names is extremely unusual
  • The cars were made of smooth bakelite and the paint had difficulty adhering
  • Most cars will have small (or large) chips where the black bakelite shows through; cars with no chips are extremely difficult to find, no matter what year they were made
  • 1947 Irvington Cars with number 2625 carry a rarity of 4, and Madison and Manhatten carss (numbered 2625) carry rarity rating of 4+
  • Cars made in 1948 and later have the first 'L' in the word Lionel Lines located directly over the window first window of the center window group
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