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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: July 17, 2019

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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
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+ $ 60 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!
The following boxes (and original instruction sheet) are for the 249 Steamer and 250T Pennsylvania Tender from 1958 only and are being sold as a package:
249 Steam Engine Corr 9 |
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A "National Container Corporation" corrugated box for the 2-4-2 Scout locomotive:
Photo.
Flaws: tears and a few light stains.
Another view.
This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.
Comes with the original instruction sheet #249-8, dated 9/58 (stains & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.
250T Streamlined Tender Late Classic 7+ |
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A good-looking box for the 250T small streamlined tender:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and a small crease.
Another view.
This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Price: $65 plus shipping for both boxes & instruction sheet described above.

We have never had these items available for separate sale before! If you have the 249/250T loco/tender combination in nice shape but missing these items, here is an opportunity to bring those train pieces up to collector value!
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!
2333TSanta Fe F3
Dummy A unit
Early Classic 7+ $125 Photo.
A box from 1948-49 for the 2333 Santa Fe F3 dummy A unit:
Another view.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.

Only the second 2333T box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very, very difficult box to find!
2343P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 7+ $ 25 A VERY UNUSUAL box for the 2343 F3 power A unit from 1952: note the "2344P-10" (New York Central) part number in the last photo and the Santa Fe roadname elsewhere. Possible printing error but more likely an example of Lionel making use of an oversupply of boxes meant for the NYC. This box came to us with a 2343 Santa Fe Power A unit inside.
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, writing, some dirt, puncture, "aged" look, no insert. A few imperfections but the box is square and sturdy!
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification & technical data AND the "2344P-10" part number.

You have to love the mysteries surrounding Lionel's postwar era -- I do. Comments or clarification welcome!
2353P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 6 $ 35 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!
2367P Wabash F3
Power A unit
Corr 5 $ 40 A corrugated box for the double-motor 2367 Wabash Power A unit sold only in 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: large (oil?) stain with a 2-inch by 2-inch crumbling area in the middle, punctures from track pins, tears, creases, writing, original corner tape is deteriorating, box is open on both ends.
Another view.
The part number of this Express Container Corp box is 2367-15.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Despite the flaws, this box is still very presentable as it is square and sturdy and the box can be improved with the use of reinforced gummed tape.
Two views of the damaged areas.
Only the second time we have ever had a 2367P box for sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
2423 Illuminated
Observation Car
Middle Classic 6 $ 15 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.
3520 Searchlight Car Middle Classic 6 $ 25 A box for the Operating Searchlight Car sold in 1953:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap and a small amount of the nearby top layer of the box, tears, creases, lots of tape, no insert.
Another view.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy.

Only the second 3520 box we have ever had for sale!
6162-110 New York Central Gondola Picture 7 $ 15 A picture box for the blue 6162 New York Central long gondola sold from 1961-65:
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!
6361 Timber Car Hagers 6+ $ 85 A very, very unusual "Hagerstown" box for the unmarked "Timber Transport" Car that was sold in 1968 & 1969:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, price sticker residue. The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view.

This is the first 6361 Hagerstown box we have ever had available for separate sale -- it is a very rare box for a very rare car!
6414 Automobile Car
(from 1955)
Middle Classic 6 $ 40 A box for the Evans Auto Loader sold in 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: one inner flap is not original to this box, tears; creases; glue residue, scrapes from tape removal; tape inside. Various imperfections but this box is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view.

The 6414 Auto Loader was sold from 1955 to 1966 but this 1955-only box is for the very first 6414; it is only the second 6414 "Middle Classic" box we have ever had available for separate sale! The "Late Classic" box for the 6414 sold from 1956 to 1958 is very common, the "Middle Classic" 6414 box is not.
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.
6464-400Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
Late Classic 6 $ 25 Correct box for the early version of the 6464-400 B & O boxcar sold in 1956 & 1957:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, amateur repairs with lots of tape, store price stamping.
Another view.

Has various imperfections but the box is 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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