334 Dispatch Board
Production: 1957 - 1960
The 334 Dispatch Board is loosely based upon a typical dispatch board found in US larger railroad terminals during the post-World War II era. Although the proportions are large compared to normal O gauge equipment the Lionel engineers did create an interesting accessory to watch operation a layout.
When introduced in 1957, this accessory was a poor seller. Experienced collectors believe it was only produced for a single year (1957) and included in the Lionel consumer catalogue the next three years in an effort to sell excess inventory. These days, a complete, fully functional Dispatch Board is hard to find.
The 334 Dispatch Board has a gray plastic base, green dispatch board and a blue attendant. The interior is illuminated and the accessory was sold with a 90C controller.
It is interesting to note the front and rear are both illuminated and include different signage. The front has the well-known dispatch board while the rear is an advertisement for Airex fishing equipment.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The base of this accessory is approximately 4" x 10" and it stands 7.5" high.
Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - All Dispatch Boards have a gray base with green dispatch board.
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