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