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This Web Page Last Updated: May 24, 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.
* * * 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.
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!
282 Portal Gantry Crane Corr 6 $ 75 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 $ 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.
2037 Steamer Corr 7+ $ 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: 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 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!
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.
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!
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!
Two different versions of the Original Box used for the 2430 Teal-blue Pullman Car:
2430 Pullman Car Art Deco
Toy Logo
8+ $ 75 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 we have ever had available for separate sale! It is not an easy box to find!
2430 Pullman Car Art Deco 5+ $ 30 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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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!
3530 GM
Generator Car
Late Classic 6+ $ 35 A box for the 3530 operating GM Generator Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, store price sticker, "aged" look, no insert.
Another view.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

Only the second 3530 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
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 $ 35 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 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!
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!

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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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