Lionel train light bulb chart

Lionel used 15 different types of light bulbs in its O gauge electric trains in the postwar era, but in most cases–87% of catalog numbers, and a lot more than that in actual number of items produced–you can get by with two. Since knowing when can be difficult, here’s a Lionel train light bulb chart.

Lionel almost always specified 14 or 18 volts. Using an 18-volt bulb in place of a 14-volt original, or a 22-volt bulb in place of an 18-volt original results in longer service life. And there were two base types that Lionel used more than any other.

lionel train light bulb chart
Lionel re-used a lot of the same bulbs throughout its history.

Literally 87% of Lionel catalog numbers used either an E10 Edison screw-type base or a BA9S bayonet base. If the bulb screws in, it’s an E10. If it twists in, it’s a BA9S. When in doubt, get a G3.5, 18V bulb with the appropriate base, like the screw-in 1447 or the bayonet 1445. It may not be a perfect match for what was there, but it will work and do no harm. The same rule applies to Marx and American Flyer as well. If you have a burned-out bulb, rather than a missing one, and the G3.5 looks too small, step up to a G4.5.

Sourcing bulbs locally can be difficult if you don’t have a well-stocked hobby shop nearby. You can try an auto parts store or hardware store, and you’ll have better luck with an Ace or True Value or an independent than with a big-box store. The longer the store has been there, the better the chances it will have something usable.

You may come across 12v bulbs of the right size, since those would be useful for flashlights. They will burn out quickly if you run them at 14 or 18 volts. Many hobbyists use 12v bulbs, but be sure to adjust the voltage on your transformer to ensure you’re not delivering any more than 12 volts to it.

Suitable bulbs are still easy to find online, fortunately.

Lionel often used red and green bulbs. The plastic coverings on modern replacements tend to really dim the light. Some hobbyists take clear bulbs and dip them in translucent paint from a craft store to color them, which gives a more pleasing color than green or red plastic will.

Below I have collected a table of common Lionel items and the bulbs they use, along with the specs on each bulb, and, if I could find one, links to suppliers. For odd bulbs that are no longer available, substitute something that fits of higher voltage.

catalog# Description bulb # notes size base voltage link second or alt
0-22 Remote Control Switch (pre-1950) 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Grainger Trainz
0-22 Remote Control Switch (after 1950) 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
0-22C switch controller 432 red and green G4.5 E10 18 red
0-42 Manual Switch (pre-1950) 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
0-42 Manual Switch (after 1950) 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
26 Bumper 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
35 Lamp Post 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
44 USA Missile Launcher 19 red G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
45 USMC Missile Launcher 19 red G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
45N Gateman 1449 red G3.5 E10 14 red
52 Fire Fighting Car 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
60 Trolley 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
68 Executive Inspection Car 19 qty 2 G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
70 Yard Light 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
71 Lamp Post 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
91 Circuit Breaker 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
112 Remote Control Switch 19 qty 2 G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
112R Remote Control Switch 19 G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
114 Newsstand with Horn 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
115 Stop Station 432 G4.5 E10 18 Trainz
118 Newsstand with Whistle 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
128 Animated Newsstand 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
132 Stop Station 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
133 Freight Station 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
140 Banjo Signal 363 red G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
145 Gateman 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
148 Dwarf Signal 19 red and green G3.5 G4.8 14 green red
151 Semaphore 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
152 Crossing Gate 431 red G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
153 Block Signal (pre-1950) 50 red and green G3.5 E10 8 red green
153 Block Signal (post-1950) 363 red (qty2) G3.5 BA9S 14 red
154 Highway Signal (pre-1950) 1449 red (qty2) G3.5 E10 14 red
154 Highway Signal (after 1950) 363 red (qty2) G3.5 BA9S 14 red
155 Ringing Signal 363 red (qty2) G3.5 BA9S 14 red
156 Station Platform 50 qty 2 G3.5 E10 8 Grainger Trainz
157 Station Platform 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
163 Block Signal 19 red and green G3.5 G4.8 14 green red
164 Lumber Loader 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Grainger Trainz
165 Magnetic Gantry Crane 1445 red G3.5 BA9S 18 red
175 Rocket Launcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
182 Magnetic Gantry Crane 1445 red G3.5 BA9S 18 red
192 Control Tower 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
193 Flashing Water Tower 51 qty8 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
195 Floodlight Tower 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
199 Microwave Tower 402 T0-13/40 12 Trainz
200 Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
202 UP Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
204 Santa Fe Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
205 MP Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
208 Santa Fe Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
209 NH Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
210 Texas Special Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
211 Texas Special Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
212A Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
212P MC Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
216 Burlington Alco FA-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
217P B&M Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
218P Santa Fe Alco FA-2 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
219P MP Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
220 Santa Fe Alco FA-2 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
221 NYC Empire State 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Grainger Trainz
222 Rio Grande Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
224P Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
225 C&O Alco FA 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
226 B&M Alco FA 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
227 CN Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
228 CN Alco FA 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
230 C&O Alco 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
233 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
235 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
236 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
237 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
238 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
239 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
240 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
241 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
242 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
243 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
244 Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
245 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
246 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Grainger Trainz
247 B&O Scout 12 G3.5 G4.8 6 Trainz
250 Pennsylvania Scout 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
252 Crossing Gate 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
253 Block Signal 12 red and green G3.5 G4.8 6 use #19 bulbs
256 Station Platform 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Grainger Trainz
262 Highway Signal 19 red (qty2) G3.5 G4.8 14 Trainz
299 Code Transmitter Set 402 T0-13/40 12 Trainz
313 Bascule Bridge 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
334 Dispatching Board 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
350 Transfer Table 12 clear and red G3.5 G4.8 6
353 Block Signal 19 red and green G3.5 G4.8 14 red
356 Freight Station 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
364 Log Loader 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
365 Dispatching Station 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
394 Rotary Beacon 394 qty4 G5 E10 14
395 Floodlight Tower 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
400 Budd Rail Car-1 57 qty 3 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
404 Budd Rail Car-4 57 qty 3 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
410 Blinking Billboard 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
415 Fueling Station 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
445 Switch Tower 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
450 Signal Bridge 363 red and green G3.5 BA9S 14
452 Overhead Gantry Signal 363 red and green G3.5 BA9S 14
455 Oil Derrick 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
456 Coal Ramp Set 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
465 Dispatching Station 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
494 Rotary Beacon 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
602 NW-2 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
611 JC Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
613 UP Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
614 Alaska Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
616 ATSF Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
617 Seaboard Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
622 GM Bell Switcher 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
623 ATSF Switcher 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
624 C&O Switcher 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
625 LV 44 Ton Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
626 B&O 44 Ton Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
627 LV 44 Ton Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
628 NP 44 Ton Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
629 Burlington 44 Ton Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
633 Santa Fe Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
637 Prairie 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
646 Hudson 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
665 ATSF Hudson 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
671 Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
671R Electronic Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
671RR Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
675 K5 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
681 Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
682 Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
685 ATSF Hudson 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
726 Berkshire 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
726RR Berkshire 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
736 Berkshire 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
746 N&W J 19 G3.5 G4.8 14
773 Hudson 1950 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
773 Hudson 1964 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
1001 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1050 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1055 Alco Texas Special 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1060 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1061 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1062 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1065 Alco UP 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1101 Columbia 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
1110 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1120 Scout 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
1121 Remote Control Switch 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1121C Controller 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1122 Remote Control Switch 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1122 Controller 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1130 Scout 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1615 Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1625 Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1654 Columbia 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
1655 Columbia 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
1656 Switcher 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
1665 Switcher 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
1666 Prairie 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1666E Locomotive 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
1862 General 191 T1-1/4 SX5s 16
1872 General 191 T1-1/4 SX5s 16
1882 General 191 T1-1/4 SX5s 16
2016 Prairie 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2018 Prairie 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2020 Pennsylvania Turbine 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
2023 UP Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2025 K5 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
2026 Prairie 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2028 GP7 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2029 Prairie 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2031 Rock Island Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2032 Erie Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2033 UP Alco 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2034 Scout 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2035 K5 1447 G3.5 E10 18 Trainz
2036 Prairie 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2037 Prairie 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2046 Hudson 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2055 ATSF Hudson 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2056 Hudson 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2065 ATSF Hudson 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2240 Wabash F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2242 New Haven F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2243 Santa Fe F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2245 Texas Special F-3 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2321 EL FM Trainmaster 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2322 Virginian FM Trainmaster 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2328 Burlington GP7 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2329 Virginian Rectifier 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2330 Pennsylvania GG1 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2331 Virginian FM Trainmaster 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2332 Pennsylvania GG1 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2333 Santa Fe F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2333 NYC F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2334 NYC F-3 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2337 Wabash GP7 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2338 Milwaukee Road GP7 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2339 Wabash GP7 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2340 Pennsylvania GG1 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2341 JC FM Trainmaster 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2343 Santa Fe F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2344 NYC F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2345 Western Pacific F-3 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2346 B&M GP9 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2348 M&SL GP9 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2349 NP GP9 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2350 New Haven Rectifier 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2351 Milwaukee Rectifier 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2352 Pennsylvania Rectifier 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2353 Santa Fe F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2354 NYC F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2355 Western Pacific F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2356 Southern F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2358 Great Northern F-3 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2359 B&M GP9 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2360 Pennsylvania GG1 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2363 Illinois Central F-3 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2365 C&O GP7 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
2367 Wabash F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2368 B&O F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2373 Canadian Pacific F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2378 Milwaukee Road F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2379 Rio Grande F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2383 Santa Fe F-3 1445 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
2420 Caboose with Searchlight 8010 qty 2 proprietary proprietary 14
2671W tender 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
3434 Operating Chicken Car 57 qty 2 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3435 Aquarium Car 57 G4.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3512 Fireman and Ladder Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3520 Rotating Searchlight Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3530 Generator Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3535 Security Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3540 Radar Search Car 19 G3.5 G4.8 14
3620 Rotating Searchlight Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
3650 Searchlight Extension Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
6110 Scout 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
6220 GM Bell Switcher 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
6250 Seaboard Switcher 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
6403B tender 1449 G3.5 E10 14 Trainz
6420 Caboose with Searchlight 8010 proprietary proprietary 14
6520 Searchlight Car 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
KW transformer 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
LW transformer 363 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
RW transformer 51 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
SW transformer 12 G3.5 G4.8 6
TW transformer 363 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 14 Trainz
V transformer 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
VW transformer 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
Z transformer 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
ZW (250W) transformer 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
ZW (275W) transformer 51 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 8 Trainz
ZW Type R transformer 1445 qty 2 G3.5 BA9S 18 Trainz
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