All About Postage Stamp Trains
Bus Sets and Accessories

Imported from Faller in Germany, Aurora's Postage Stamp Bus System was introduced in 1968, the same year Faller released it in Europe. However, mysteries about this product line abound: a number of items appear to have never reached the market. Some items included in sets that are listed in the instruction booklet as being available separately, such as the terminal track and speed controller, have been impossible to find outside of the sets. And the N Scale traffic lights and crossing signals shown in the instruction booklet appear to have never even been manufactured.

Consequently, Aurora's Postage Stamp Bus System product line is virtually impossible to define accurately. I've used four sources of information to compile the product index below:

Items in white rows are currently the only ones I've confirmed to have been released as Postage Stamp products. Items in grey rows appear only in the instruction booklet; light grey items were made by Faller but never released as Postage Stamp products, while dark grey items may not have been manufactured. Items in yellow rows appear in one or both catalogs, but are not listed on the dealer order sheet, and may not have been released as Postage Stamp products. The one item in tan appears only on the dealer order sheet.

The mysteries run deeper still: there's the question of when Aurora stopped selling bus sets. A special dealer offer from Polk's Model-Craft Hobbies of Jersey City suggests Aurora ended bus sales in 1969, whereas some bus sets came with an instruction sheet copyrighted by Aurora in 1973. This coincides with the re-release of train sets, which may have been related. Naturally, much of this is speculation. As always, I welcome feedback.

Bus Sets and Accessories Index

Last 3-4 digits of the catalog number is the MSRP.

Cat #

Item Description

Release

4401-1200

Bus System Set

1968

4402-1600

Bus System Set with Transformer

1968

4403-400

Greyhound Bus

1969

4403-1200

Greyhound Bus System Set

1969

4404-1600

Greyhound Bus System Set with Transformer

1969

4411-150

Straight Track Assortment

1968

4412-125

Curved Track Assortment

1968

4413-250

Bypass Track Assortment

1968

4414-200

Intersection Track Assortment

1968

4419

Terminal Track

1969

4421-150

Railroad Crossing

1968

4425

Railroad Crossing Signal

not released

4426

Blinker Relay for RR Crossing

not released

4431

Speed Controller

1968

4432

Red-Green Traffic Light

not released

4433

Traffic Light Set

not released

4434

Momentary Pushbutton Switch

not released

4435

Traffic Light Relay

not released

4440

Traffic Light Roadway Contact

not released

4443

Terminal Strip, 4 Contacts

not released

4446

Roadway Wire Lead

not released

4447

Bus Stop Unloading Zone Relay

1969

4454-100

Guardrail Set

1969

4456-150

Pier Support Set

1969

4457-080

Pier Support Extensions

1970?

4481-400

City Bus

1968

4490

Set of Rail Joiners

not released

4491

Bus Pickup with Diode

not released

4492

Bus Service Parts Set

not released

4494

Motor with Pinion Gear

not released

Buyer alert: The original bus system is actually part of a much larger product line, Faller's out-of-production Auto Motor Sport (AMS) line, which has its own collector's market; thus it tends to be a bit more sought-after than Minitrix trains. Greyhound buses in particular fetch good prices. That said, it's really down to what these items are worth to you personally. More recommendations here.

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