Lionel Electric Trains Identification Guide Sub-Title
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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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No. 88 Controller LIONEL TRAINS CONTROLLER No. 88

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No. 88 ControllerThe Lionel Controller No. 88 was used as a directional control button with transformers like the Type R, V, and Z. As such, it was always in the "normally on" position and when pushed would interrupt the current causing the locomotive’s directional unit to cycle.

This controller looks exactly like the No. 96C Controller except that the 96C is "normally off" and pushing the button allows the current to flow to the accessories.
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This item was sold independently in an early classic box. There is a dealer box that contained 12 of these controllers. It is GRAY paper board with the ORANGE and BLUE Lionel logo on one side. This box is very rare.
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There are two variations:

No. 88 Early Classic Box End
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No. 88 Controller

Variation A: The connecting wire posts are on 1" centers with a rivet between the posts. This was the earlier production.
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Variation B: The connecting wire posts are on 1/2" centers without the rivet. Late production of these controllers.


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