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Lionel 138 Water Tower 1953-57

Lionel postwar 138 water tower

Lionel reintroduced the 30 water tower in 1953 as the 138 water tower. The 138 is the same as the 30, except the 138 has a plastic base.

The 138 water tower first came with a gray roof. Later versions came with an orange roof as shown here.

When a 90C controller is pushed the spout lowers.

Lionel has made similar water towers in the modern era. I think MTH also makes a copy of the 138.

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