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This Web Page Last Updated: October 19, 2020

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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.
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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!
621 Jersey Central Diesel Switcher Late Classic 6+ $ 75
SOLD
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.
The following boxes (and original instruction sheet) are for the 2016 Steamer and 6026W Square Tender from 1955
and are being sold as a package:
2016 Steamer Corr 8 |
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A red-lettered corrugated box AND the original instruction sheet for the obscure 2-6-4 Prairie-type Steamer sold in 1955 and 1956!
Photo of the box.
Flaws: tears, creases, minor stains.
Another view of the box.
The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the side with the manufacturer's information.
A very hard box to find for a seldom-seen engine! Only the second 2016 box that we have ever had available for separate sale!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
The very specific instruction sheet (#2016-6, dated 4/55) has some tears, creases, stains and is discolored.
6026W Whistling
(Square)
Tender
Middle Classic 8 |
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A nice box for the earlier "coffin" tender:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases.
Another view.
The box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Middle Classic" box (with interior coupler flaps and no insert) for a tender from 1955.
Price: $95 plus shipping for both boxes & instruction sheet described above.

If you have the 2016/6026W loco/tender combination in nice shape but missing these items, here is an opportunity to bring those train pieces up to collector value!
2037 Locomotive with Smoke Chamber Middle Classic 6 $ 45 Photo.
The earliest original box that Lionel used for the 2307 steam engine sold from 1953 to 1955:
Another view.
Flaws: stains; tears; scrapes; tape residue; a little wavy; "aged" look.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the insert (liner) and this very-hard-to-find box is very useful even with the flaws as it complete & square plus there is no un-original tape anywhere.

This is the first Middle Classic 2037 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2046W P.R.R.
Whistling
Tender
Middle Classic 6+ $ 40
On
HOLD
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
SOLD
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.
2065 Steamer Corr 7 $ 75 A box for the 2065 "Santa Fe" type Hudson Steam Engine that was sold in 1956:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, stains, mildly distorted.
Another view.
The box is fairly clean, complete and sturdy plus there is no un-original tape anywhere.
Photo of the manufacturer's data.

Only the second corrugated 2065 steam engine box we have ever offered for sale separately!
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+ $150 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!
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!
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!
2531 Observation Car Middle Classic 5+ $ 40 A box for the illuminated Silver Dawn extruded-aluminum "Lounge" Car sold in 1953 and 1954:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, lots of tape, tape residue, glue residue, amateur repairs.
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and despite the flaws, this box is useful as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

Note: this is the earlier- (longer-) style box which measures 17 and 1/2 inches long. Only the second 2531 Middle Classic box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2532 Vista Dome Middle Classic 6+ $ 55 A box for the illuminated Silver Range extruded-aluminum Vista Dome Passenger Car sold in 1953 and 1954:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, "aged" look, "period" writing.
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and despite the flaws, this box is useful as it is fairly clean, complete; square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

Note: this is the earlier (longer) style box which measures 17 3/4 inches long.
2533 Pullman Car "OPS" Classic 6+ $ 65 A box for the illuminated Silver Cloud extruded-aluminum Pullman Car sold in 1952:
Photo.
Flaws: missing the top layer of one small section of the box, tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, amateur repairs.
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and despite the flaws, this box is useful as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

This is the first 2533 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2534 Pullman Car Middle Classic 7+ $ 75 A box for the illuminated Silver Bluff extruded-aluminum Pullman Car sold in 1953 and 1954:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, stains, some discoloration, tape inside, glue residue, some writing.
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and rather brick-like.
Photo of the box insert.
Note: this is the earlier (longer) style box which measures 17 3/4 inches long.
Photo of the front of the box.

Only the second 2534 Middle Classic box we have ever had available for separate sale! The Silver Bluff is the hardest car of the 253X extruded-aluminum series to find!
3428 Operating
United States
Mail Car
Perf. Panel 7+ $ 75 A box for the U. S. Mail operating Boxcar sold in 1959 & 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs.
Another view.
This box is solid: complete, clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front.

Only the second 3428 box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very difficult box to find in nice condition!
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.
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.
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!
6557 Smoke Caboose Late Classic 6 $ 75 A box for the illuminated, Tuscan-painted "LIONEL" SP-type smoking caboose from 1958-59:
Photo.
Flaws: two inner flaps are not original to this box, tears, slits, writing, creases, tape, scuffs). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view.

First 6557 box we have ever had for sale as it is much harder to find than the caboose itself!
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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