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. What actually comprised the Postage Stamp bus product line, however, is questionable. I've used four sources of information to compile the list:

Items in white rows are currently the only ones I've confirmed to have been released as Postage Stamp products, whereas the rest do not appear to have been released. Items in yellow rows appear in one or both catalogs, but are not listed on the dealer order sheet. The item in tan appears only on the dealer order sheet. Items in grey rows appear only in the instruction booklet.

Then 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

released?

4426

Blinker Relay for RR Crossing

released?

4431

Speed Controller

1968

4432

Red-Green Traffic Light

released?

4433

Traffic Light Set

released?

4434

Momentary Pushbutton Switch

released?

4435

Traffic Light Relay

released?

4440

Traffic Light Roadway Contact

released?

4443

Terminal Strip, 4 Contacts

released?

4446

Roadway Wire Lead

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

released?

4491

Bus Pickup with Diode

released?

4492

Bus Service Parts Set

released?

4494

Motor with Pinion Gear

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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