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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: May 13, 2021

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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 $ 75 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.
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.
60 Trolley Corr 7+ $ 25 A corrugated box for the 60 Trolley sold in 1956:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, writing, "aged" look, no pole insert.
Another view.
The box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the bottom showing the manufacturer's data & identification.
This St. Joe Paper Company box has the year (indicated by "6") printed on the bottom.

Only the second 60 Trolley box we have ever had available for separate sale -- and this is the first corrugated version for the Trolley that we have had for sale!
154 Highway Signal Window 6 $ 15 A box from 1966 for the Highway Crossing Signal:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, writing, mildly distorted, window partially separated, no insert.
Another view.
Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus there is no tape anywhere.
Photo of the front.

This is the first 154 window box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is not an easy one to find!
249 Steam Engine Corr 7+ $ 30 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!
The following two boxes are for the 746 Norfolk & Western "J" & 746W Tender sold from 1957-60 and are being sold as a package:
746 Norfolk & Western
"J"
Steamer
Corr 7+ |
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Photo.
An Express Container Corp. box for the legendary Norfolk & Western class "J" steamer.
Another view.
Flaws: a few tears, small creases, tape residue, mildly distorted.
Photo of the manufacturer's data.
The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
746W Norfolk & Western
Whistling Tender
Late Classic 7 |
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A very presentable box for the N & W streamlined (scoop) tender sold from 1957 to 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases; puncture; lots of tape inside, glue residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square & sturdy.
A third view.
$375 for both boxes described above.
Here's a chance to enhance your 746 (or a set headed up by a 746)! The boxes are not often available for sale separately!
If you have a 746 Steamer (or a set containing the 746) in collector-quality condition, it really should have the boxes.
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: $75 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!
Two different versions of the Original Box used for the 2037 Steam Engine:
2037 Locomotive with Smoke Chamber Middle Classic 6 $ 35 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!
2037 Steamer Corr 8+ $ 45 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: creases, a few stains, "aged" look. The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy with no writing or un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's data and identification.

Only the third 2037 St. Joe / Kraft box we have ever had available for separate sale -- and it's a nice one!
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2065 Steamer Corr 7 $ 60 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 $135 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!
2243P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 8+ $ 75 A corrugated box for the single-motor 2243 Santa Fe Power A unit sold in 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: light stains.
Another view.
Made by the Express Container Corp. (part #2243-15) which dates this item as a 1955 box. (Lionel used Allcraft Container Corp. boxes for the 1956 version of the single-motor Santa Fe.)
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere.
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 1951 to 1955:
Photo.
Note: although this box will accommodate any NYC "B" unit sold from 1950-1955, technically this item is the correct box for the New York Central "B" unit sold from 1951 through 1955.
Photo of the box showing where the top layer is missing.
Flaws: tears, creases, top layer of an area measuring approximately 3 inches by 1 inch is missing on one long side, amateur repairs with lots of tape inside, glue residue, "period" price sticker.
Photo of the box insert.
Despite the flaws, this box is still decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

"B" unit boxes don't show up for separate sale very often and this is only the second time we have had a 2344C box available for separate sale!
2344P New York Central F3 Power A unit Corr 8+ $110 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+ $125 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+ $ 45 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!
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! It is much harder to find than the Middle Classic 2436 box!
3451 Automatic
Lumber Car
Art Deco
Classic
6+ $ 30 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!
3530 GM
Generator Car
Late Classic 6 $ 25
SOLD
A box for the 3530 operating GM Generator Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape residue, scrapes from tape removal, "period" price stamping, no insert.
Another view.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
A third view showing the worst of the flaws.

Only the third 3530 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6357 Caboose Middle Classic 7 $ 15 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!
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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