All About Aurora Postage Stamp Trains
Part 8: Bus Sets & 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 these four sources of information to compile the product index below:

Some mysteries may forever remain unsolved: 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 System in Action

The demo layout that appears in Faller's and Aurora's catalogs can be seen running in a YouTube video. Note that the layout looks different in each of the three examples: either the original was modified, or more than one was built.

Bus Sets and Accessories Index

  • Items in white rows are currently the only ones confirmed to have been released as Postage Stamp products
  • Items in yellow rows appear in one or both catalogs but, to my knowledge, were never released as Postage Stamp products
  • Items in grey rows appear only in the instruction booklet; they were made by Faller but, to my knowledge, were never released as Postage Stamp products
  • Items in tan rows appear only in the instruction booklet and, to my knowledge, were never manufactured by Faller
  • Items in green rows were announced in 1969 but, to my knowledge, were not available until 1970
  • Item in blue row only appears on the C.J. Bubla order sheet
  • 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 produced

4426

Blinker Relay for RR Crossing

not released

4431

Speed Controller

1968

4432

Red-Green Traffic Light

not produced

4433

Traffic Light Set

not produced

4434

Momentary Pushbutton Switch

not released

4435

Traffic Light Relay

not produced

4440

Traffic Light Roadway Contact

not produced

4443

Terminal Strip, 4 Contacts

not produced

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 personally worth to the buyer. More recommendations here.

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