Hi fellows my name is Lee Ross, I just turned 50 last Friday; been collecting and operating off an on for years. I should have a lot of trains, but I've sold out many time, and then started over, this time it looks like I wont have to do that anymore. Here's a question? I have an ( ADOLPHUS  Observation Car #6-19038 ); I would like some info about it, if any one knows. I believe it was a limited addition? I would like any info, year, how many were made, and value? I have two price stickers from the same company on the box; (Trains LTD.); (179.99). I didn't pay near that much, but I would like to know its worth and if its that rare. I have to get to a hobby shop to get a price guide, but the closest one is a least a hour to three hours away, or a couple hundred miles. Thanks Hope to makes some friends on here.

 

 

 

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The car was uncataloged, offered in the Anheuser-Busch gift catalog around 1992.

Quite pricey at the time, looking at a 1994 gift catalog the price was $90.

Not sure as to how many were made, compared to some other uncataloged items its quite

easy to find.  As for value, probably best checking completed auctions.

I did a search of the "Sold" listings on the big auction site. There were four sold this year. Low $15.29, high $45, average $34.32. That said, it's worth what someone is willing to pay for it. 

Originally Posted by ed h:

The car was uncataloged, offered in the Anheuser-Busch gift catalog around 1992.

Quite pricey at the time, looking at a 1994 gift catalog the price was $90.

"Quite pricey" is an understatement. As with many such items, it was grossly overpriced. Using the inflation adjustment, $90 in 1992 is the equivalent of $153 today. As to that Trains Ltd. pricetag of $180, that's probably left over from the wild speculation days back in the early 90s.

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Thanks guys for the info. I don't plan on getting rid of it, just didn't know much about it. I made up my  own BUSH train with it. It has a Penn. General loco, a custom painted and lettered by me combine, and a custom by me bobber caboose.

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