Water Tower
1953 - 1957

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The 138 Water Tower is Lionel's final offering of a water tower during the postwar era. It is an excellent model of a real-life water tower frequently seen in the United States in the 1940's and 1950's. The dimensions of the 138 are scale-like and many layout builders use this accessory near their freight yard.

This size of the 138 water tower is similar to the earlier # 30 and # 38 water towers manufactured by Lionel in the postwar era. While it's functionality is the same as the # 30 water tower, it does incorporate several cost-savings changes such as a plastic base (as opposed to the die-cast base on the # 30) and molded plastic components in place of painted items on the earlier towers.

The 138 Water Tower has the following standard features: gray plastic base, brown plastic tank support trestles, dark-brown plastic tank and an orangish-colored plastic roof. The water spout is a two piece plastic item glued together with a metal shield attached to the end.

This accessory is an on-off type accessory and offered with either a 96C Controller (earlier production) or a 90 controller with the later production.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - All 138 water towers have gray plastic bases with a brown tank and orangish-color roof.

138 Water Tower
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Water Tower 1947 - 1950:Brown Corrugated1953 - 1957

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138 Water Tower
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$127.00Tue Aug 11 13:16:05 2015 Now available is an original, clean, fully tested and operational water tower. There are no nicks, chips, nor blemishes or marks on the base and the superstructure supports are clean, complete and undamaged.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$140.00Mon Apr 20 05:17:59 2015 Here's a super clean, all-original water tower from the mid-1950's. This accessory has been cleaned, tested and works perfectly and includes an original box, insert, instructions and 96C postwar controller.
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