You are looking at a Lionel bumper from the 1950s. This is a clean die cast illuminated bumper. It is in the later 1950s style box.And check out the price sticker from LaPorte Hardware! Very cool.
When your train hits the black part, your trolley or gang car will reverse direction. OR you can put them at the end of the line in your trainyard. It lights up red on top.
Did you know that there are two main variations of this bumper? This one is the later version with the feet adapted to accommodate Super O track. The earlier ones had back feet that went solid all the way to the back. But for it to fit Super O, starting around 1958, Lionel had to make those feet smaller profile.
CONDITION: C-8 like new. C-8 like new. Very clean bumper. A few very small paint rubs, probably from the box, pictured. Tested and works. Box and instructions included. Original instructions. BOX has the tongue of one end flap detached but present as pictured. BOX also shows some light shelfwear and a little bit of aging. Instructions show aging but are original.