All About Postage Stamp Trains
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.
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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Postage Stamp Trains is a Trademark of the Aurora Plastics Corporation.