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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: February 19, 2018

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel original boxes. It includes component boxes, master cartons and set boxes.

* * * Grading Summary: A "grade 10" is Spectacular! A "grade 1" is downright ugly.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 4th column heading for a full explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Original Boxes
Postwar Lionel Original Component Boxes:
# DescriptionStyleGradePriceDetails
2020W Tender
with
Whistle
Art Deco 7 $ 75 A box for the Lionel Lines early coal-style tender sold with a 2020 Turbine in 1946:
Photo.
Note that the 2020W tender was available in both 1946 and 1947; however this Art Deco box (without the Toy Manufacturers Association Logo on one long side of the box) identifies this box as the earlier one.
Another view.
Flaws: tears; some dirt; lots of tape inside; "aged" look.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy!

First 2020W box from 1946 we have ever offered for sale separately! It is not an easy one to find!
2031 Master Carton for:
Rock Island
Alco AAs
"OPS"
Corr
7+ $135 A box for the black and red Rock Island Alco Diesel units sold in 1952:
Photo.
Flaws: small tears, minor creases, stains.
Another view.
This St. Joe/Kraft corrugated box measures 12 7/8inches long by 6 3/4 inches wide by 4 3/8 inches high.
Photo of the top.
Has the preprinted Office of Price Stabilization information on one side of the box.
Close-up of the OPS information.
Has the year preprinted on one side of the box.
Photo of the side showing the manufacturer's identification and year.
Has ALL THREE INSERTS and this box is solid as it is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the inserts.

This is the first 2031 Master Carton from 1952 that we have ever offered for sale separately!
2046 Steamer Corr 8 $150 A nice box for the 2046 steam engine sold in 1950:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Kraft Paper Co.
Photo of the sealed end.
Has the year preprinted on one side.
Photo of the manufacturer's data and the year identifying the box as a 1950 item.
Very few flaws -- just some tears & stains. Has the elaborate insert (liner) and this box is SOLID as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the elaborate insert.

A very difficult box to find! If you have a high-quality 2046 Steamer from 1950 without a box (or with the wrong box) -- or if you are looking to complete Set #1473WS or Set #1475WS, this the right box!
2245P Texas Special
F3 Power A unit
Corr 7 $ 95 A decent box for the 2245 Texas Special (M-K-T) F3 power A unit from 1954:
Photo of the open end.
Flaws: tears, creases, some stains, no insert.
Close-up of the flaps on the open end.
This St. Joe Paper Company box has the year indicated by "4" on one side.
Photo of the sealed end.
The box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the manufacturer's identification and year.

This is the first 2245 Texas Special we have ever offered for sale separately!
2328 Burlington
GP7
Corr 8 $125 Photo.
A box that rarely shows up in the marketplace -- a Kieckhefer Container Co. corrugated box for the Burlington GP7 Road Switcher sold from 1955-56!
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: writing, tape. The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.

This is the first 2328 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2344P New York Central F3
Power A unit
Corr 8 $ 85 A very presentable box for the 2344 NYC Power A unit from 1952:
Photo of the open end.
This corrugated box was made by the National Container Corporation (the company Lionel used in 1952 for the NYC F3 power unit).
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, stains.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Has a reproduction insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
If you have New York Central diesels from 1952, this is the right box for the power unit.
2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
C Perf 7 $ 40 Photo.
A box that rarely shows up in the marketplace -- a United Container Co. corrugated box for the Northern Pacific GP9 sold from 1959-60!
Photo of the sealed end.
Box: a few creases and the front panel is missing. What is there is clean, square and solid (a grade 8+) -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.
A few flaws but a cardboard panel can be cut and inserted -- or the engine can be displayed inside the box just the way Lionel intended!

This is the first 2349 United Container Co. box we have ever had available for separate sale!
Boxes for the "Presidential" Series Cars:
2523 Pullman Car Window 7+ $ 55 A scarce box for a scarce car: the gold-striped "PRESIDENT GARFIELD" aluminum Coach from the "Presidential" series sold in 1966:
Photo.
Flaws: window is creased; writing; creases; mildly distorted. A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
A tough box to find -- and it is the nicest 2523 window box we have ever had!
Photo of the front of the box.
2523 Pullman Car "Overstamped"
Window
7 $ 35 Another variation of the box for the gold-striped "PRESIDENT GARFIELD" aluminum Coach car from the "Presidential" series sold in 1966:
Photo.
Flaws: window is torn & creased; writing; tears; creases. A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
A tough box to find!
Photo of the front of the box.
Special: $75 plus shipping for the two 2523 "Presidential" Car boxes described above (a $15 discount).
Note that Lionel often packed sets with "mismatched" boxes.
3444 Operating
Erie Gondola
Late Classic 6+ $ 30 A box for the operating Cop & Hobo Car that was sold from 1957-59:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and a nearby piece of the top layer of the side of the box, tears, creases, glue residue, tape inside, "aged" look.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
3484 Pennsylvania Operating Boxcar Middle Classic 6 $ 35 A box for the Pennsylvania Operating Boxcar sold only in 1953:
Photo.
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps, tears, creases, tape & tape residue.
Another view.

Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy. This is only the second 3484 box we have ever had available for separate sale.
3512 Operating
Fireman & Ladder Car
Perf. Panel 6+ $ 50
On
HOLD
A box for the Operating Fireman & Ladder Car that was sold from 1959-61:
Photo.
Missing the interior coupler flap; tape; glue residue; tears; creases; punctures; scrapes; writing; mildly distorted; panel partially separated.
Another view.
Various flaws but the box has both end flaps, all four of the small inner flaps and the front panel & "PUSH" tab plus it is fairly square and sturdy.
Photo of the front.
Only the third 3512 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
3662Operating
Milk Car
Picture 7 $ 60 A box (and insert) for the "O" Gauge Milk Car AND platform (milk stand) offered by Lionel in 1964 & 1965:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, scrapes, lots of tape inside.
Another view.
Has the elaborate, original insert!
Photo of the front.
Not perfect but the box is complete, fairly clean, square & sturdy! First 3662 "Picture" Box we have ever offered for sale! It is a tough one to find! If you have a 3662 with AAR trucks, this is the correct box for that car.
Photo of the insert.
6162-110 New York Central Gondola Picture 7 $ 25 A very RARE box for a very rare car: a picture box for the RED 6162 New York Central long gondola sold from 1961-64:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, scrapes, tape, old store price sticker on one end flap. Despite the imperfections, this box is decent as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Another view.

An odd box that does not show up very often! This one is only the second preprinted 6162-110 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6415 Tank Car Middle Classic 7 $ 35 A very presentable box for the Sunoco 3-dome Tank Car sold from 1953-55:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, minor stains.
Another view.
A solid box: clean, square and sturdy!
6464-150Missouri Pacific Boxcar Late Classic 6 $ 40 A box for the Missouri Pacific boxcar sold in 1957:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and one inner flap, stains, tears, creases. Some imperfections but the box is square & sturdy plus no one has tried to make any repairs to it so there is no tape anywhere.
Another view.

This is the first 6464-150 "Late Classic" box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6464-510 New York Central
Boxcar
Overstamped
Late Classic
8+ $ 75 Here's an interesting item -- and a rare one at that: it is an original box for the NYC Pacemaker boxcar from the Girls' Set sold in 1957 & 1958 that was overstamped by Lionel for the "6464-475" Boston & Maine boxcar!!!
Photo.
Why would Lionel do this? To save money! Since the Girls' Set was not selling well, Lionel re-purposed existing inventory, including the boxes! This item was found in Set #2509WS with a Boston & Maine Boxcar inside.
Another view.
The next photo provides additional proof that this box (part #6464-520) was originally created for the 6464-510 Boxcar
Photo of one end flap clearly showing the "510" under the overstamping & a close-up of the part number tuck.
Flaws: minor tears and some "dig" marks -- probably from track pins. This brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

The 6464-510 boxcar is not easy to locate to begin with but the box is very, very hard to find! This is only the second 6464-510 box we have ever offered for sale separately.
6812 Track Maintenance Car Perf 8 $ 40
On
HOLD
A very nice box for the Track Maintenance Car sold from 1959 to 1962:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, panel partially separated.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

The 6812 was produced from 1959 to 1961 (and sold through 1962 using leftover inventory) but the "Perforated Panel" box is for a 6812 from 1959 or 1960. This is the first Perforated Panel 6812 box that we have ever had available for separate sale!

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Box Types
AbbreviationDescription ~~~ Abbreviation Description
Art Deco Orange & blue; bold blue lettering ~~~ Hagers Hagerstown
Early Classic Orange & Blue w/ San Francisco ~~~ Hills Hillside
Middle Classic Numbers on all sides; no San Fran ~~~ O Corr Orange Corrugated
OPS Classic Preprinted OPS stamp on side ~~~ Perf Orange & White Perforated Panel
Late Classic Numbers only on end flaps ~~~ Pic Orange & White Picture
Bold Classic Much bolder print on end flaps ~~~ W Corr White Corrugated
Glossy Later Coated stock ~~~ Win Window
Corr Brown Corrugated ~~~ Y Corr Yellow Corrugated
C Perf Corrugated; Perforated Panel ~~~ FO Factory Overstamped

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