Conti model train collection offering reaches round four at Turner Dec. 3

Lionel O gauge no. 2345 Western Pacific F3 A-B-A set, $400-$800 at Turner Auctions.

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The ongoing dispersal of the massive Conti model train collection continues Sunday, December 3 at Turner Auctions and Appraisals. The 238-lot catalog focuses on various eras of Lionel O gauge and offerings from niche competitors along with modern and classic Standard gauge. The sale is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The Conti collection developed during the course of 75 years, with a distinct focus on Lionel O gauge. Many items appear to be new in box, while others clearly were acquired from dealers at train shows. Most modern items are boxed, while older examples tend to lack original packaging.

One notable exception to this pattern is a Lionel no. 392E and 392T steam locomotive and tender with a three-car passenger consist. The set comes with individual component boxes but no set box and appears to be in fair to good condition. The set was offered in Standard gauge from 1932-1939, and this example seems to be from the middle of the production period. It is estimated at $500-$1,000.

Built only in 1952, the Lionel no. 2345 Western Pacific F3 is considered very difficult to find, though most sophisticated collections have them. This set includes a B-unit with blanked-out portholes, an unfortunate cost-saving maneuver on the part of Lionel. With a clean battery compartment (many are found corroded), the unboxed F3 A-B-A set is estimated at $400-$800.

Released in 1956, the Lionel no. 2378 Milwaukee Road F3 A-B diesel set is also highly sought-after by collectors. This example has reproduction boxes and flaking to the A-unit’s nose decal but is otherwise in good, unrestored condition. It is estimated at $750-$1,000.

A modern Lionel LLC-era no. 6-18045 Commodore Vanderbilt with RailSounds and TrainMaster Command comes with a shelf-worn box featuring artwork used for the 1996 Lionel Corporation catalog issued soon after the purchase of the company from Lionel Trains Inc. owner Richard Kughn. The art was created by noted rail painter Mike Danneman, and the set is estimated at $400-$600.
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Lionel Standard gauge no. 392E passenger set in original boxes, estimated at $500-$1,000 at Turner Auctions.
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Lionel O gauge no. 2345 Western Pacific F3 A-B-A set, estimated at $400-$800 at Turner Auctions.
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Lionel no. 2378 Milwaukee Road F3 A-B diesel set, estimated at $750-$1,000 at Turner Auctions.
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Lionel LLC-era no. 6-18045 Commodore Vanderbilt, estimated at $400-$600 at Turner Auctions.
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Lionel prewar O gauge no. 238 Pennsylvania Torpedo locomotive with whistle tender, estimated at $200-$400 at Turner Auctions.
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Collection of mostly Lionel O gauge trains chugs to Turner, June 11

Lionel 6-82205 BNSF Legacy ES44AC #7695, in its original box and shipping carton, estimated at $350-$700
Lionel 6-82205 BNSF Legacy ES44AC #7695, in its original box and shipping carton, estimated at $350-$700
Lionel 6-82205 BNSF Legacy ES44AC #7695, in its original box and shipping carton, estimated at $350-$700

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Paul Jarosz Collection of Model Trains on Sunday, June 11, starting at 10:30 am Pacific time. The auction features more than 275 lots – almost all O gauge and mostly Lionel – from a Northern Californian train enthusiast who collected for decades. The sale presents a variety of desirable train offerings from the 1970s and later, several mint stock, many barely used, and most in their original boxes. These include locomotives, switchers, tenders and cabooses; numerous groupings and sets; and a wide selection of train cars, including passenger, diner, baggage and mail (Madison and Heavyweight among them), box, freight, flat, hopper, tank, ore, rotary gondolas, husky stacks and autocarriers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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All aboard! Turner has more model trains from single-owner collection, Jan. 29

1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400
1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400
1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Part 2 of the Armond Conti collection of model trains on Sunday, January 29, beginning at 10:30 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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All aboard for model trains at Turner Auctions, March 12

Right of Way Industries O Gauge 0-4-0 saddle tanker #5201, est. $300-$500
Right of Way Industries O Gauge 0-4-0 saddle tanker #5201, est. $300-$500

SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The Armond Conti Collection of Model Trains, Part 1, on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 10:30 am Pacific time. Featuring more than 250 lots from the estate of a Northern Californian who collected trains during the course of 75 years, the sale presents a variety of fine, distinctive and desirable pre-war and post-war train offerings – some new old stock, some limited editions, some unused and some with original boxes. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Lionel trains head down the track to SJ’s Oct. 17 auction

Lionel 1947 limited edition Tuscan red painted caboose, est. $300-$5,000
Left, Lionel 1947 limited edition Tuscan red painted caboose, est. $300-$5,000; Right, Lionel prewar #252 train set, est. $160-$5,000
Left, Lionel 1947 limited edition caboose, est. $300-$5,000; Right, Lionel prewar #252 train set, est. $160-$5,000

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Toy train collectors, this is your signal: SJ Auctioneers will host a sale titled Prewar-Postwar Trains Vehicles Toys and Dolls on October 17, starting at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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