The Lionel Sound Dispatching Station No. 465 had a four inch speaker that could announce train arrivals and departures with the use of a microphone. This speaker was powered by four "D" cell batteries that were housed inside the upper structure. As with other accessories that use batteries, collectors should always check for any battery damage from what Lionel called "leak proof" batteries that were included with this dispatching station.
When placed inline with the electrical power to the track, this microphone could also control the direction of the train by using the left RED button. Activation of the speaker was accomplished by pushing the RED right button. Two stations could be wired to act as an intercom system. The control tower area was illuminated by an L53 lamp.
This accessory has a TAN plastic base, RED control tower with a GRAY roof, and a YELLOW microwave antenna on the roof. In addition, two decorative YELLOW loudspeakers were attached to the underside of the roof at the front of the tower structure.
Two instruction sheets were issued for the dispatching station. Both are numbered 465-19, are dated 11-56, and have DARK BLUE ink on WHITE paper. The difference between these two sheets is that one of them does not have the warranty information on page three. We’ve shown the pages of the instruction sheet with the warranty information on page 3 below: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3.
Catalogued in 1956 and 1957, there are no variations.
Dimensions: 11" long, 5" wide, and 6-1/2" high.