Block Signal
1945 - 1959

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The 153 Block Signal was a carryover item from Lionel's prewar era. Originally produced between 1940 and 1942, Lionel resumed its production in 1945 immediately after the end of World War II. The Block Signal remained basically unchanged from 1945 until its final year of production, 1959. It is a common item to locate.

Features of the 153 Block Signal include: green painted base, silver pole and a black signal base at the top of the pole with a red and green bulb. Lionel always included a 153C contactor as the standard activator for this accessory.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Throughout its 15 years of production, there were minor variations to the 153. They include:

Green Base - Shown in the photo above - This is the common production version.
Light Bulb Base - All 153s produced from 1945 until 1949 use a screw-in 6 or 8 volt lightbulb. Beginning in 1950, the accessory was changed to use 12 to 16 volt lightbulbs with a bayonet base. The screw-in bulb versions ofthe 153 Block Signal are slightly harder to locate.
Aluminum Pole - For the 1957 only, there was a small production run where the 153 had an aluminum pole, not the common steel pole. The aluminum pole version is difficult to locate.

153 Block Signal
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Green Base 1945 - 1959:Art Deco 1945 - 1947
Aluminum Pole 1957:Middle Classic 1949 - 1955
~ ~ ~ ~~:OPS Stamped 1952
~ ~ ~ ~~:Late Classic 1956 - 1958

Inventory For Sale
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153 Block Signal
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Available inventory as of Fri Jul 25 03:00:01 2014 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 85.00Here's a nice and clean block signal that has been cleaned, tested and works perfectly. The base and pole are free of nick, chips and rust.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 88.00Now available is an early block signal which is nice and clean. This signal is from the late 1940's and includes an original 3-cities Early Classic box, track activator, instructions (dated 1948) and packing envelope.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$121.00Up for sale is a near-new block signal that has been fully cleaned, tested and works perfectly. Also included is the rare circle cardboard insert, track activator, instructions, orig coiled wire and more!
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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+$ 46.00Tue Jan 21 19:20:29 2014 Now available is a gorgeous block signal. The exterior colors are vibrant and there is no rust, oxidation nor damage to the base nor pole. This is an earlier version with screw-in light bulbs.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 95.00Wed Nov 6 18:22:20 2013 Up for sale is a gorgeous, complete, fully functional block signal. both lights have been tested and work properly. The structure is complete with vibrant exterior colors!
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$145.00Sat Jul 20 07:09:05 2013 This block signal is in phenomenal condition, it's almost new and barely shows any signs of usage. The exterior paint is pristine, the signal is in near-new condition and it includes the rare oval packing insert!
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$ 88.00Tue Nov 27 19:16:29 2012 Here's an extremely clean, all-original block signal from 1950. It includes almost all of the original 'extras' including packing envelope, track activator, coiled wire, instructions and both 027 and O gauge track insulating pins.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$115.00Tue Apr 10 18:50:53 2012 Up for sale is a basically a new, unused block signal from the early 1950's. The original box is as solid as a brick and it includes the rare circle insert and much more.
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