Postage Stamp Bus Items

The Faller-made bus system, marketed in America under the “Postage Stamp” brand, had a number of track pieces and accessories.

Track

The lanes of the track were 3 cm (1 3/16”) wide.  There were four different straight track pieces, along with a railroad grade crossing which used a straight segment of bus track.  There also was a 90° crossing and a terminal section. There were three different track radii; “A” (9 cm outside radius) “B” (12 cm outside radius) and “C” (15 cm outside radius).  Radius A, Radius B and Radius C were designed to be concentric, forming a three lane roadway when used together.  There was a turnoff set which contained a pair of turnouts, where one bus could pull over to the side and be passed by the other bus.

  • 4401 - City Bus set, without power pack
  • 4402 - City Bus set, with power pack
  • 4403 - Greyhound Bus set, without power pack
  • 4404 - Greyhound Bus set, with power pack
  • 4411 - Bus Straight track assortment; 2 x 18 cm, 2 x 12 cm, 1 x 9 cm, 1 x 3 cm
  • 4412 - Bus Curved track assortment
  • 4413 - Bus By-pass track assortment; 1 x Right-hand remote operated turnoff, 1 x Left-hand turn-back, 2 x 45° Radius B curve, 1 x 12 cm straight.
  • 4414 - Bus 90° Intersection track assortment
  • 4419 - Bus Terminal Roadway section
  • 4421 - Bus Railroad Crossing, 30°
  • 4431 - Speed Control
  • 4447 - Relay for bus stop at loading zone
  • 4454 - Bus Guard Rail set
  • 4456 - Bus Pier Support set
  • 4481 - City Bus

The catalog which was the source of this information shows the City Bus, No. 4481, in all yellow livery.  Other buses have been seen which were in blue & white livery and red & white livery. It is not known if these have different model numbers.

The 4413 By-pass set contained a remotely operated turnoff piece which had a single solenoid. When this solenoid was momentarily operated, the turnoff was set to divert the approaching bus to the right side. When the bus passed over the turnoff, it was automatically aligned back to the “straight” position. The trailing turn-back had no moving parts since the buses were both moving in the same direction.

The 4447 relay would allow for a bus to approach a bus stop and come to a halt.  After a period of time, the bus would start up again and continue operation.

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