Lionel 50 Gang car O Scale
Automatic Directional Reversing UnitsThe Gang Car No. 50 was first produced in 1954 and was a big hit with Lionel’s customers. The unit would run in only one direction depending on where the sliding directional plate on the unit was located. When it came to the end of the track, and struck a bumper, the plate would move, and the unit would reverse direction until it hit another bumper at the other end of the track. The crew man closest to the rear of the unit would also move when it reversed direction. The Gang Car would do this perpetually until the power was turned off.
Most typically found with an ORANGE plastic body and top brush plate with DARK BLUE heat stamped lettering, ornamental horn and three rubberized crew members seated on top.
No. 50 Box End
Because this unit was in production for eleven years many variations occurred. The major variations are:
Variation A: Has a centered two-piece horn, fixed position crew men are OLIVE and rotating crew man is DARK BLUE. This is the earliest production in 1954 that has GRAY bumpers.
Variation B: Identical to Variation A but has the more commonly found BLUE bumpers.
Variation C: Has the centered two-piece horn, however the fixed crew men are DARK BLUE and the rotating crew man is OLIVE.
Note the ornamental horn centered on the brush plate
Variation D: Has a one-piece horn that is positioned to the right side of the brush plate, BLUE bumpers, and fixed crew men that are DARK BLUE and the rotating crew man is OLIVE. This is the most common variation.
The pegs for holding the stationary men were repaired with 3D printed pegs and the stationary men are reproduction.