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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 Set ("Outfit") Boxes:
# DescriptionStyleGradePriceDetails
1589WS Set Box Corr 6 $ 95 Photo of two sides including the numbered end.
A St. Joe (Kraft) Paper Co. corrugated box for a 9-piece freight set sold in 1957: the outfit was headed up by a 2037 Steam Engine and was sold with "027" track.
Photo of the other two sides.
The box is the two-tier version measuring 6 1/4 inches high, 17 1/2 inches wide & 12 1/2 inches deep.
Photo of the top flaps.
Flaws: creases, tears, missing pieces of the top layer, tape. Even with the flaws, this basket-weave style box is presentable as it is fairly clean, mostly square and very sturdy!

The set that it goes to is an easy one to build as all of the pieces are relatively easy to find in collector-quality condition; this box would be the hardest item to find in decent shape! It was also a long train by Lionel standards as seven pieces of rolling stock accompanied the engine & tender -- including an "O" gauge boxcar!
Photo of the bottom.
Original contents included: 2037 Steam Engine, 6026W Square ("coffin") Tender, 6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar, 6424 Flatcar with Automobiles, 6024 Nabisco Boxcar, 6025 Gulf 1-dome Tank Car, 6111 Flatcar with Logs, 6112 Gondola with Canisters and 6017 SP-type Caboose.

The engine and cars are all fairly easy to locate but the set box is much harder to find, and of course, will be the key for anyone trying to build this unusual set.
2193W Set Box Corr 7 $110 Photo of one of the numbered ends.
The corrugated box for the 2344 New York Central F3, 7-piece, freight set from 1952:
Another view of the box.
Flaws: tears, creases, some dirt (mostly on the bottom), glue residue, one small piece of tape, "93" on one end is scraped off.
Photo of the "OPS" sticker.
The box has the Office of Price Stabilization ("OPS") information ("Ceiling price of $70.00") affixed on the box.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data & identification plus the year.
This St. Joe/Kraft box also has the year printed on the side ("2" is incomplete).
Photo of the top.
Overall this carton is very presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the bottom.

The set that this box goes to is an easy one to build as all of the pieces are not hard to find in collector-quality condition; this box would be the hardest item to find nice!

The original contents included the following: 2344 New York Central A-B-A F3 Diesels, 6462 New York Central Gondola, 6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper, 6656 yellow Stock Car and an illuminated 6457 SP-type "Lionel" caboose.
Postwar Lionel Original Component Boxes:
# DescriptionStyleGradePriceDetails
50 Gang Car ORANGE
Corr
7 $ 15 Photo.
An orange corrugated box for the 50 Section Gang Car sold in the '60s.
Another view.
Flaws: scrapes, dents on two corners, tears, tape, stains inside. It has the integrated liner (insert) and even with the imperfections it is a solid box: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy.

The orange corrugated box was the last one used for the 50 gang car and it is much harder to find than the brown corrugated version.
249 Steam Engine Corr 7+ $ 45 A "National Container Corporation" corrugated box for the 2-4-2 Scout locomotive from 1958 only:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, tape residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.

Only the second 249 box we have ever had available for separate sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
282 Portal Gantry Crane Corr 6 $ 60
SOLD
A box for the Gantry Crane sold from 1954-57:
Photo of the box.
The box measures approximately 10 3/8 wide by 15 5/8 inches deep by 7 inches high.
Another view of the box.
Flaws: missing a piece of one top flap, tears, creases, punctures, stains (mostly inside on the bottom), no inserts.
Photo of the top.
This corrugated box was made by the Robert Gair Co.
Photo of the bottom.
A few flaws but the box is clean overall, fairly square and very sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the inside.
Only the third 282 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
621 Jersey Central Diesel Switcher Late Classic 6+ $ 75 A scarce box for the Jersey Central NW2 Diesel Yard Switcher sold in 1956 & 1957:
Photo.
Flaws: one inner flap is not original to this box, tears, creases, tape inside, tape & glue residue, no coupler inserts.
Another view.
Despite the shortcomings, this box is very presentable as it is has both end flaps plus it is clean, square & sturdy.
Two more views.
Check your collection as this box will probably be an upgrade for most collectors! The 621 box is rather hard to find -- as are all of these later 600-series switcher boxes! This is only the second 621 box we have ever had available for separate sale -- and the last time was over ten years ago!
665 Locomotive with Smoke Chamber Middle Classic 5 $ 25 Photo.
The earliest original box that Lionel used for the 665 steam engine sold in 1954 & 1955:
Another view.
Flaws: tears, creases, stains, scrapes, tape, tape residue, amateur repairs, mildly distorted, "aged" look.
Photo of the box insert.

This box will not win any beauty contests but it has the insert (missing a small piece) and both end flaps plus all four inner flaps; it is fairly square and sturdy and even with the flaws, this box is still useful. Only the second time we have ever had this very-hard-to-find 665 box available for separate sale.
746W Norfolk & Western
Whistling Tender
Late Classic 5 $ 40
SOLD
A box for the N & W streamlined (scoop) tender sold from 1957 to 1960:
Photo -- brace yourself; it will not win any awards.
Flaws: missing part of one end flap and the brown tape used to repair that end of the box is showing, missing a small piece of one interior coupler flap, one tuck is from a 6026W box, one inner flap is not original to this box, tears, creases, lots of tape inside, nicks, glue residue, some dirt.
Photo of the "nicer" end.
Lots of imperfections but it is a 746W box -- one that does not come on the market for sale separately very often in any condition! Despite the issues, this box is certainly useful as it is square and sturdy.
2037 Steamer Corr 7+ $ 35 Photo.
A St. Joe / Kraft corrugated box (2037-13 is the part number) for the 2037 Prairie-type steam engine sold in 1957 and later years.
Another view.
Flaws: moisture spots, small tears, minor creases. The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy with no writing or un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's data and identification.

This is the first 2037 St. Joe / Kraft box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2046W P.R.R.
Whistling
Tender
Middle Classic 6+ $ 40 A very presentable box for the 8-wheel, Pennsylvania streamlined tender (catalogued by Lionel as 2046W-50) that was produced from 1952 to 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue, some dirt, "aged" look.
Another view.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
2046W Whistling
(Streamlined)
Tender
Late Classic 6 $ 35 A box for the "LIONEL LINES" whistling scoop tender sold from 1956 to 1958:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, one inner flap is not original to this box, missing a small piece of the top layer by one end, tears, creases, scrapes, lots of tape inside, glue residue.
Another view.
The imperfections sound worse than they are and this box is decent as it is clean, square and square.
2240C Wabash
F3 "B" unit
Late Classic 6 $160 A box for the Wabash F3 dummy "B" unit sold in 1956 only:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, tape reside; glue residue, writing, scrapes, punctures, some dirt, no insert.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections, the box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy but adding an insert (a repro or one from the more common 2243C Santa Fe box) will make this box more useful and presentable.

This is a very, very difficult box to find and it represents the first 2240C Wabash box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2344C New York Central
F3 "B" unit
Middle Classic 6 $ 95 A box (with the original INSERT) for the New York Central F3 dummy "B" unit sold from 1950-1954:
Photo.
Although this box will accommodate any NYC "B" unit, technically this item is the correct box for the New York Central "B" unit for the ones sold from late 1950 through 1954 as it is the longer-style box measuring approximately 3 inches wide by 4 1/4 high by 15 inches long.
Another view.
Flaws: missing the top layer of a small area, tears, creases, tape, glue residue, store price sticker.
A third view of the box.
A few issues but thanks to the presence of the insert, this box is very useful as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the insert.

Need more than just the box for a New York Central F3 "B" unit? We have a very, very nice NYC F3 "B" unit from 1953-55 (with louvered ventilators) for sale!
Click here to go to our Diesels Web Page to read about a gorgeous, NYC "B" unit from 1953-55 that was NEVER USED!

Special: combine this box with the "B" unit and pay $465 plus shipping -- a discount of $25.
2344P New York Central F3 Power A unit Corr 8+ $140 A very nice box for the 2344 NYC Power A unit from 1952:
Photo of the sealed 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 open end.
Flaws: tears, creases, minor stains.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
If you have New York Central diesels from 1952, this is the right box for the power unit.
2354P New York Central
F3 Power A unit
Corr 8+ $175 A very nice box for the 2354 NYC F3 Power A unit from 1953:
Photo of the open end.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. (part #2354-25) and has the year (designated as "3") preprinted on one of the long sides of the box.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.
Flaws: tears, creases, punctures, minor stains.
Photo of the sealed end.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
Nicest 2354P box we have ever had!
2383P Santa Fe
F3 Power A unit
Corr 6+ $ 60 A box for the 2383 Santa Fe F3 Power A unit from 1959:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the Star Corrugated Box Company and the part number is 2383-11. (1959 was the only year that Lionel used the Star Company box for the Santa Fe F3s.)
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Flaws: amateur repairs made to one end, tears, creases, tape, "aged" look. Overall, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
This is the first 2383P Santa Fe box from 1959 we have ever had available for separate sale!
Two different versions of the Original Box used for the 2430 Teal-blue Pullman Car:
2430 Pullman Car Art Deco
Toy Logo
8+ $ 60 A scarce box for the teal-blue metal sleeper car with white heat-stamped lettering and with closed base trucks sold in 1947:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, "aged" look.
Another view.
Has both coupler spacer inserts and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the rare inserts and the front of the box.

This is first 2430 box from 1947 we have ever had available for separate sale! It is not an easy box to find!
2430 Pullman Car Art Deco 5+ $ 25 A uncommon box for the teal-blue metal sleeper car with silver rubber-stamped lettering and with open "flying-shoe" trucks sold in 1946:
Photo.
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps, missing a small piece of one corner, missing the top layer of two small sections, tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, amateur repairs, "aged" look.
Another view.
Lots of issues but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square & sturdy.
A third photo showing the damaged areas of the box.

This is first 2430 box from 1946 we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very hard box to find!
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2432 Illuminated
Vista-Dome Car
Late Classic 6 $ 20 A box for the Clifton Vista Dome Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, stains, scrapes, mildly distorted.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box is complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
2436 Illuminated
Observation Car
Late Classic 7 $ 30 A very presentable box for EITHER the Summit Observation Car from 1956 or the Mooseheart Observation Car from 1957-58:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, some dirt, minor stains, scuffs, "aged" look. Some imperfections but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view.
Only the second Late Classic 2436 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2458Automobile Boxcar Art Deco 6 $ 40 A box for the metal, double-door Pennsylvania boxcar sold in 1946:
Photo.
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps, tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue, mildly distorted, minor dirt, "aged" look.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy!

This is the first 2458 box from 1946 we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very hard box to find!
2466W Whistling
(early Coal style)
Tender
Art Deco
Classic
6 $ 45 Earliest style postwar box for the "LIONEL LINES" whistling tender that was sold in 1945 and 1946.
Photo.
Flaws: one end flap (although original) is not original to this box, tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
Only the second 2466W box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is not an easy box to find!
2466WX Whistling
(early Coal style)
Tender
Art Deco
Toy Logo
6+ $ 65 A box for the "LIONEL LINES" whistling tender that was sold in 1947.
Photo.
Whereas the 2466WX box from 1946 and 1948 specified whether the tender came in an "O" gauge set or an "027" set, the 1947 box is non-committal as to gauge and has 'No. 2466WX / WHISTLE TENDER / FOR GAUGE TRACK' printed on the end flaps.
Another view.
Flaws: tears, creases, lots of tape inside, glue residue. Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

This is the first 2466WX box from 1947 we have ever available for sale -- it is not an easy box to find!
3362Helium Tank
Unloading Car
Picture 6 $ 30 A decent box for the Helium Tank Unloading Car sold from 1961-63:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, tape, glue residue, scuffs, writing, old price sticker.
Another view.
Despite the imperfections, this box is presentable -- and it is a very, very tough box to find! It is the only 3362 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
Photo of the front.
3451 Automatic
Lumber Car
Art Deco
Classic
6+ $ 40 A box for the operating Lumber Car: this is the larger (10 1/4 by 4 1/2 by 3 5/8 inch) box indicating that the piece was a separate sale item that also came with a #160 unloading bin.
Photo.
Version from 1946 without the Toy Logo. (The 3451 Log Dump Car sold in 1947 and 1948 utilized the Art Deco box with the Toy Logo on it.)
Another view.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, scrapes.
Photo of the insert.
Has the elaborate insert and this box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the insert.
Not an easy box to find!
3562-50 Operating
Barrel Car
Late Classic 6+ $ 60 A box for the operating (yellow) Barrel Car that was sold in 1956:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, glue residue, no insert.
Another view.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy! It is also one of the nicest 3562-50 boxes we have ever had available for separate sale.
6119-100 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
BOLD Classic 7 $40 Photo.
A box for the D. L. & W. Work Caboose with a red cab and a gray tool bin. This is the correct box for a 6119 caboose from 1958.
Another view.
Flaws: tears, creases, dents in one corner, no insert. This box is very presentable: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!

The 6119-100 box is scarce and it is much harder to find than the caboose; only the third time we have ever had this box available for separate sale!
6346 Alcoa Car Late Classic 7 $ 30
SOLD
A box for the silver Alcoa covered quad hopper that was sold in 1956 only:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, writing, stains, scrapes, small puncture, "aged" look. The box is solid: complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view.

Only the second 6346 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6357 Caboose Middle Classic 7 $ 20 A box for the illuminated SP-type caboose sold from 1949-55:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, tape inside, minor dirt. Some imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view.

This is the first 6357 "Middle Classic" box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6415 Tank Car Middle Classic 6 $ 15 A box for the Sunoco 3-dome Tank Car sold from 1953-55:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, writing, lots of tape inside, tape residue, glue residue.
Another view.
Various imperfections but the box is complete and fairly clean.
6419-25 Wrecking Car Middle Classic 7 $ 35 A box for the D. L. & W. Work Caboose sold in 1954 & 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, stains, scrapes, "aged" look, no insert.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

Only the third 6419-25 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6437 Caboose Window 9 $ 30 A very nice box for the Pennsylvania porthole caboose sold from 1966-68:
Photo.
Flaws: just some minor tears & scuffs.
Another view.
A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front.
Nicest 6437 box we have ever seen -- and the first 6437 box we have ever had available for separate sale.
6464-150Missouri Pacific Boxcar Middle Classic 7 $ 60
SOLD
A 1954-55 box for the Missouri Pacific boxcar
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, scrapes, stamping with some Spanish (?) words.
Another view.
Has an old "Madison Hardware" label on the side of the box thus giving us a little history of this item.
Photo of one of the long sides showing the Madison Hardware sticker.
A nice box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is only the second 6464-150 Middle Classic box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6464-525Minneapolis & St. Louis Boxcar Picture 6 $ 25
SOLD
A rather hard-to-find box for the later version of the 6464-525 M & St. L boxcar.
Photo.
Flaws: one inner flap is not original to this box, creases, tears, scrapes, minor stains, tape inside, tape residue, glue residue.
Another view.
Lots of imperfections but the box is very useful as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front.

Only the second 6464-525 Picture box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6465 Tank Car Early Classic 6+ $ 20 A "Three Cities" box for the Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car from 1948-49:
Photo.
This is the longer-style box for the earlier tank car with corner steps.
Another view.
Flaws: missing one inside coupler flap, tears; creases, minor stains, tape inside, glue residue.

The box is still presentable even with the imperfections as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
6555 Tank Car Middle Classic 7 $ 25 A box for the single-dome "S.U.N.X." Tank Car sold from 1949-50.
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, writing, some discoloration, one corner is dented.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections this box is solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
6572 Railway Express Car Picture 7 $ 30 A box for the light-green (later version) REA Refrigerator Car from 1963:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, minor stains, tape inside, glue residue.
Another view.

A solid box even with the imperfections as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
6672 Refrigerator Car Middle Classic 5+ $ 12
SOLD
A box for the white Santa Fe Reefer from 1954-55:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, scrapes, amateur repairs with loads of tape, minor stains, writing.
Another view.

The box is not much to look at but it is still very useful as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy! It is also not an easy one to find and this is the first 6672 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Late Classic 6+ $ 85
SOLD
A box for the Radioactive Waste Car sold in 1958 & 1959:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, glue residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy! This is only the third 6805 box that we have ever offered for sale separately.

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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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