Banjo Signal
1954 - 1966

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The 140 Operating Banjo Signal was introduced in the mid-1950's. Its thirteen years in the Lionel family was one of the longer durations of any Lionel accessory. It's a unique looking signal and remains a popular accessory with today's operators.

Operation of the 140 Banjo Signal is clever. Lionel created a simulated flashing red light by having the warning arm swing back and forth in front of the light.

The 140 Banjo Signal has the following standard features: metal base and post, plastic warning signs with white lettering, illuminated red light and a swinging arm.

This accessory is basically an on-off type signal. It can be controlled by Lionel's 145C contactor or an insulated section of track.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
There is a rare version with a crackle painted base. Experienced collectors believe the crackle base was produced during 1954, but that has not been definitively confirmed by the Lionel collecting community.

Crackle Base - This is a rare variation and is believed to have been produced for part of 1954.
Smooth Base - Shown in the photo above - The common banjo signal has a smooth surface base painted black with white letters on the signal.

140 Banjo Signal
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Crackle Base 1954:Middle Classic 1954 & 1955
Smooth Base 1954 - 1966:Late Classic 1956 & 1957
Both Bases 1954 - 1966:Bold Classic 1958
~ ~ ~ ~~:Cellophane Window with insert1966

Inventory For Sale
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140 Banjo Signal
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Available inventory as of Fri Apr 18 03:00:01 2014 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 74.00Up for sale is a nice, clean, all-original Banjo Signal. This accessory has been fully cleaned, tested and works great! The item looks great and is close to condition 8.
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Historical Sales
The following is a list of actual completed sales for this item.

Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 88.00Tue Feb 12 06:18:48 2013 Now available is a beautiful trackside Banjo Signal, fully cleaned, tested and ready to install on your layout. There are a couple of minor nicks on the base, otherwise it's close to condition 8.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$ 95.00Sun Feb 2 09:07:27 2014 Now available for sale is a gorgeous, all-original Banjo Signal. The signal has been tested and works properly. Also included is the original Bold Classic box and many extras.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$ 75.00Tue May 29 19:33:26 2012 Up for sale is an extremely clean, all-original banjo signal that's been cleaned, serviced, tested and works perfectly. Also included is the original box, insert, packing envelope, instructions and track activator.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$122.00Mon Mar 18 22:09:39 2013 Up for sale is a brand new, never used nor opened banjo signal from the mid 1950's. This signal is new old stock as the packing envelope is still sealed and never opened.
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Related Paper Products For Sale
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DescriptionSheet #DateConditionPriceComments
How To Install Accessories Using No. 145 Track Contactor145-4011 / 19496$ 11.00Here's the rare blue paper version.
How To Install Accessories Using No. 145 Track Contactor145-402 / 19548+$ 4.00Clean instruction sheet, no blemishes nor tears. Only one minor 1/4" tear by the fold mark.
How To Install Accessories Using No. 145 Track Contactor145-514 / 19558$ 6.00Very dirty, torn instruction sheet, poor quality. Several minor tears and marks.
How To Install Accessories Using No. 145 Track Contactor145-568 / 19585$ 7.00Clean and hard to find first variation.
How To Install Accessories Using No. 145 Track Contactor145-561 / 19567+$ 5.00Nice and clean with only minor fade marks by the folds. Paper is nice and white, corners are nice and square.
How to Install Automatic Accessories145-567 / 19598+$250.00This is the extremely scarce and ultra rare instruction sheet printed in GREEN! This one is in near perfect condition.
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