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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
2193W Set Box Corr 7 $135 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.
2221WS Set Box Corr 7+ $175 Photo of the set box.
A corrugated box for a 7-piece freight set sold in 1954: the outfit was headed up by a 646 Steam Engine and was sold with "O" gauge track.
Photo of the other two sides.
The box was made by the National Container Corporation and it measures 7 1/4 inches high by 14 inches wide by 14 inches deep.
Photo of the top.
Has the usual tears and creases on the top flaps from the initial opening of the box plus a few minor flaws on the sides and the bottom. There is also some residue on one of the top flaps from an old label. The box is very clean overall plus it is complete and very sturdy! In addition, it is largely square and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the bottom.
An old store price sticker on one end provides a little history about this box and its contents: the set was originally sold by "FARMERS SUPPLY" -- a Lancaster, Pennsylvania based business initially located at 137 E. King Street. Sadly, they closed their doors in 2016 after 82 years of business!

The original contents included the following: 646 Steam Engine & 2046W "Lionel Lines" whistling Tender, 6468 Baltimore & Ohio double-door Boxcar, 3620 Searchlight Car, 3469 operating Ore Car, 6456-25 gray Lehigh Valley short Hopper and a 6417-25 Lionel Lines N5c (porthole) Caboose.

Overall this carton is very solid and the set that it goes to is a fairly easy one to build as all of the pieces can be found in collector-quality condition with a little hunting; this box would be the hardest item to find nice!

This is the first 2221WS set box we have ever had for sale and it is one of the nicest set boxes we have ever had!
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.
231P Rock Island
Power A

Unit
Corr 7+ $ 35 A very obscure box for the Rock Island Alco A unit sold from 1961-63:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, remnants where original tape was removed, writing.
Another view.
This Mead Containers box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the side with the manufacturer's identification.

A 231P box is rather scarce as most of the 231 Alcos produced came unboxed in uncatalogued sets! This is the first 231P box we have ever had available for separate sale!
602 Seaboard
Diesel Switcher
Late Classic 6 $ 75
SOLD
A seldom seen box for the Seaboard NW2 Diesel Yard Switcher sold in 1957 & 1958:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, stains, no coupler inserts.
Another view.
Despite the imperfections, this box is still very presentable as it is has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square & sturdy.
Two more views.
Check your collection! This box is very difficult to find -- as are all of these later 600-series switcher boxes! This is the first 602 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 $ 35 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.
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.
2328 Burlington
GP7
Road Switcher
Corr 8+ $ 95 A nice box for the Burlington GP7 Road Switcher sold in 1955 & 1956:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, writing, light stain, tape.
Photo of the sealed end.
The box was made by the Kieckhefer Container Co.
Photo of the side with the manufacturer's data & identification.

A solid box that is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the first 2328 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2353P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 6 $ 25 A box for the 2353 Santa Fe Power A unit sold in 1953:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. (part #2353-25) and has the year (designated as "3") preprinted on one of the long sides of the box.
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: box was used to store a smaller item and was deliberately creased on one end, amateur repairs using tape were made to that end, some dirt, no insert.
Close-up showing the damaged end.
Despite the imperfections, this box is still useful as it is has all of the flaps plus it is fairly clean and sturdy; an insert (even a repro one) will square this box up nicely.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.

Only the second 2353 Santa Fe power unit box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2423 Illuminated
Observation Car
Middle Classic 6 $ 15
SOLD
A box for the silver Hillside tail car sold from 1950-53:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and the two nearby inner flaps are not original to this box, a small part of the top layer of one end flap is missing, tears, creases, punctures, tape, glue residue.
Another view.
Lots of imperfections but the box is clean, square & sturdy. It is also only the second 2423 box we have ever had available for sale separately.
3362Helium Tank
Unloading Car
Picture 6 $ 50 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.
6119-50 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
Late Classic 8 $45
SOLD
A very presentable box for the D. L. & W. Work Caboose with brown cab, brown tool bin and brown frame sold in 1956 only:
Photo.
Flaws: small tears, creases, glue residue, writing, no insert.
Another view.
The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! Only the second 6119-50 box we have ever had available for separate sale! The box is much harder to find than the caboose.
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 $ 45 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!
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.
It is the 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 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 car.
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!
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!

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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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