145
Operating Gateman
1950 - 1966


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History
The 145 Operating Gateman is an updated version of the 45N Operating Gateman. During the postwar era, it has proven to be Lionel's most popular accessory. Thousands of these houses were produced and practically every Lionel layout has a operating gateman.

The 145 Gateman is a reliable accessory. Is is extremely popular with the children as they enjoy seeing the lil' man run out of his house as the train passes by his home.

Features
The 145 Operating Gateman has the following standard features: green metal base, illuminated white plastic house, red or maroon roof, white sign and crossbuck plus a blue plastic man.

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

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Most of the variations involve the color of the house and tool bin roofs. Because these parts are easily interchangable, it is extremely difficult to determine the originality of a specific combination for a particular gateman.

Red Roof, Both House and Tool Bin - Shown in the photo above - For its introductory year 1950, the gateman was produced with a red roof for both the house and tool bin. Although not rare, a red roof version is hard to find.
Maroon Roof on House - In 1951, the molded color of the roof was changed to maroon. The color of the tool bin box remained as red.
Maroon Roof, Both House and Tool Bin - Beginning in 1952, the gateman was produced with a maroon roof for both the house and tool bin. This appear to be the most common version.
Unpainted Figures - Beginning in 1958, Lionel began producing the gateman with unpainted face and hands. The roofs for both the house and tool bin continue to be maroon.

145 Operating Gateman
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Red Roof, Both House & Tool Bin 1950:Brown Corrugated, Blue Lettering, Orange Background1950
Maroon Roof, House only 1951:Brown Corrugated, Blue Lettering1951 - 1952
Maroon Roof, Both House & Tool Bin 1952 - 1957:Brown Corrugated, Red & Blue Lettering, No Date1958
Unpainted Face and Hands 1958 - 1966:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
The following inventory is available for sale from our website sponsors.

145 Operating Gateman
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Available inventory as of Wed Sep 17 03:00:01 2014 .
SponsorConditionPriceComments
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Historical Sales
The following is a list of actual completed sales for this item.

Sales History
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SponsorConditionPriceDateComments
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$ 85.00Wed Sep 26 05:41:57 2012 Here's an original, clean, fully serviced and tested gateman accessory. Also included is it's original box with an OPS sticker from 1951, packing envelope, insert, track activator and instructions.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 90.00Mon Mar 4 06:15:01 2013 Up for sale is an extremely clean, all-original gateman that has been cleaned, serviced, tested and works great. Also included is the original box, packing envelope, instructions, track activator and the hard-to-find original insert.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 92.00Tue Jun 3 19:01:45 2014 Up for sale is a nice and clean, all-original, fully tested operating gateman accessory. Also included is the one-year-only 1950 version of the original box plus track activator, instructions (also dated 1950) plus insert and packing envelope.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 96.00Mon May 19 18:32:33 2014 Now available for sale is a clean, all-original, fully tested operating gateman. This accessory is free of rust and damage, but there are minor paint nicks and chips on the base. Also included are the orig instructions, track activator, box and more.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 99.00Wed Jan 16 06:10:03 2013 This is a super clean, almost condition 8, all-original gateman with its original box, insert, track activator, instructions and packing envelope.. This accessory has been cleaned, serviced, tested and works great.
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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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