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Archives Were Last Updated: June 1, 2011

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This page serves as the introduction to Our Archives. The Archives are made available to assist you in understanding differences in variations of engines, rolling stock, cabooses, passenger cars, and accessories sold by Lionel in the postwar era. Please note that the items described in the underlying Archives sub-pages are not available for sale. We have used pictures from our old files and personal collection to construct this area of our website to show the characteristics of collectible variations. Please go to our inventory listings to see what we currently have for sale.

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Steam Engines

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Selected Variations of Postwar Steam Engines
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
646 Steam Engine Yes "4-6-4" Hybrid-type steamer from 1954 - 1958
671 Steam Turbine Yes "6-8-6" Steam Turbines from 1946 - 1949
773 Steam Engine Yes "4-6-4" A Hudson from 1950 with 12-wheel tender
1655 Steam Engine Yes "2-4-2" Scout engine & whistling, box tender
1656 Steam Switcher Yes "0-4-0" Switcher & desirable bell-ringing tender
2018 Steam Engine Yes "2-6-4" Small, "low-end" engine that came in starter sets
2037 Steam Engine Yes "2-6-4" Common engine that came with many tenders
2055 Steam Engine Yes "4-6-4" Santa Fe-style Hudson from 1953 - 1955

Go to the Steamer & Tender Listings

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Diesels, Electrics, and Motorized Units

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Selected Variations of Postwar Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
41 U.S. Army Switcher Yes Small motorized unit from 1955 - 1957
42 Picatinny Arsenal Switcher Yes Desirable motorized unit from 1957
45 USMC Mobile Missile Launcher Yes Unusual motorized unit from 1960 - 1962
51 Navy Yard Switcher Yes Small motorized unit from 1956 - 1957
53 Rio Grande Snow Plow Yes Specialty motorized unit from 1957 - 1960
68 Executive Inspection Car Yes Unique railroad specialty item from 1958 - 1961
611 Jersey Central NW2 Yard Switcher Yes Colorful yard switcher from 1957 - 1958
614 Alaska NW2 Yard Switcher Yes Popular and unique yard switcher from 1959 - 1960
621 Jersey Central NW2 Yard Switcher Yes Very plain yard switcher from 1956 - 1957
1065 Union Pacific Alco A unit Yes Attractive low-end engine from 1961
2245 Texas Special F3 AB units Yes One of the most attractive engines ever produced
2321 Lackawanna FMs Yes Maroon top vs. the common gray top
2332 Pennsylvania GG1 Electric Yes A favorite engine of many model railroaders
2337 Wabash GP7 Road Switcher Yes Realistic-looking road switcher from 1958 only
2338 Milwaukee Road GP7 Road Switcher Yes Sharp-looking road switcher from 1955 - 56 only

Go to the Diesel Engine Listings

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Freight Cars

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Selected Variations of Postwar Freight Cars
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
3370 Animated Sheriff & Outlaw Car Yes Action from the Old West
3435 Operating Aquarium Car Yes One of Lionel's most entertaining cars
3494-625 Soo Line Operating Boxcar Yes Comparison to a FAKE!
3672 Operating Bosco Car Yes Colorful, "high-class" milk car from 1959-60
6151 Flatcar with Range Patrol Truck Yes Differences in frame colors
6162-60 Alaska Gondola with Canisters Yes Colorful gondola from 1959 only
6315 Early Gulf Chemical Tank Cars Yes Differences in color finishes
6456-25 Gray Lehigh Valley Short Hopper Yes Hard-to-find short hopper from 1954-55
6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcar Yes Version from 1969 with Hillside Box
6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcar Yes Very popular 6464-series boxcar
6464-700 Santa Fe Boxcar Yes Attractive boxcar from 1960-66
6464-900 New York Central Boxcar Yes Colorful boxcar from 1961 & 1966
6465 Cities Service Tank Car Yes Two-dome tank car from 1960-62
6465 Lionel Lines Tank Car Yes Two-dome tank car from 1959 only
6468 Baltimore & Ohio Automobile Boxcar Yes Both blue & Tuscan versions shown
6475 Libby's Crushed Pineapple Vat Car Yes Both aqua & medium-blue versions shown
6501 Flatcar with Jet Motorboat Yes Original packet of "fuel pellets" shown

Go to the Freight Car Listings

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Railroad Work Cars

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Selected Variations of Postwar Railroad Work Cars
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
3559 Coal Dump Car Yes Primitive-looking prewar carryover car
3650 Searchlight Extension Cars Yes Different color frames used
6343 Barrel Ramp Car Yes Car reflecting Lionel's use of existing parts
6362-55 Rail Truck Cars Yes Different styles of lettering

Go to the Railroad Work Car Listings

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Space & Military Cars

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Selected Variations of Postwar Space & Military Cars
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
3535 AEC Security Car with Searchlight Yes Unusual "Space & Military" item from 1960-61
3540 Operating Radar Car Yes Very fragile "Space & Military" flatcar
3665 Operating Minuteman Boxcar Yes Scarce variation: 3619 mold used
3820 U.S.M.C. Flatcar with Submarine Yes Scarce "Space & Military" item from 1960-62
6463 Rocket Fuel Tank Car Yes Only "Space and Military" Tank Car produced
6640 U.S.M.C. Missile Launching Car Yes Rare "Space & Military" item from 1960 only
6805 Atomic Waste Car Yes Unique "Space & Military" flatcar

Go to the Space & Military Car Listings

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Cabooses

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Selected Variations of Postwar Cabooses
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
2457 Pennsylvania N5 Caboose Yes Metal, prewar carryover caboose from 1945-47
6119 D. L. & W. Work Caboose Yes A two-year only work caboose
6417-50Lehigh Valley N5c Caboose Yes A scarce, sought-after, one-year only caboose
6427-60Virginian N5c Caboose Yes A desirable, very attractive, one-year only caboose
6437 Pennsylvania N5c Caboose Yes Lionel's premier caboose in the '60s

Go to the Caboose Listings

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Passenger Cars

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Selected Variations of Postwar Passenger Cars
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
2421 Silver (black-lettered) Cars Yes 4-car set from 1952
2432 Silver (red-lettered) Cars Yes Photos of the Elizabeth & Mooseheart shown

Go to the Passenger Car Listings

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Accessories

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Selected Variations of Postwar Accessories
Cat #ItemMore InfoHighlights
93 Water Tower Yes Carry-over accessory from the prewar era
195 Yard Floodlight Tower Yes Somewhat common but very popular illuminating device
334 Dispatch Board Yes Desirable operating accessory
352 Ice Depots (Icing Stations) Yes Common red base vs. the brown base
448 Missile Firing Range Platform Yes Very obscure "Space & Military" accessory
943 Exploding Ammo Dump Yes A "Space & Military" accessory with play value
1045 Operating Flagman (Watchman) Yes A reminder that Lionel did not do anything to scale

Go to the Accessory Listings

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Go to these pages to see our Available Inventory:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Rare Items
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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