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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: February 24, 2017

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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 Component Boxes:
# DescriptionStyleGradePriceDetails
55 Tie Jector Late Classic 6 $ 25 Photo.
A box for the 55 Tie Jector sold from 1957-61:
Photo of the nicer sides.
Flaws: tears, scrapes, creases, tape, no insert. Some imperfections but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.

First 55 Tie Jector box we have ever had available for separate sale.
58 Great Northern
Snowplow
Perf. Panel 6+ $160 Photo.
A box for the 58 Great Northern Rotary Snowplow sold from 1959-61:
Another view of the box.
Flaws: tears, scrapes, creases, tape, tape residue, panel partially separated, missing the "PUSH" tab, repro insert.
Photo of the front panel.
Some imperfections but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy.
Photo of the repro insert.

First 58 GN Snowplow box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very difficult box to find!
214 Plate
Girder Bridge
Middle Classic 7+ $ 5 The earliest box for the black girder bridge sold from 1953 to 1955:
Photo.
Minor tears; a few stains; a little tape.
Another view.
The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
217P B & M
Power A

Unit
Corr 8 $ 75 A very obscure box for the Boston & Maine Alco Power A unit sold in 1959 only:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by Mead Containers, Inc.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data.
Flaws: minor tears, panel partially separated, punctures, missing the orange outer sleeve.
Another view.
The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the front.
A solid box -- one that we have never had available for separate sale before!
400 Budd Car Corr See Notes $ 35 A box for the motorized RDC Budd Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo of the sealed end.
This corrugated box was made by the Robert Gair Co. and it has the part number (400-31) on one side.
Photo of the open end.
Flaws: missing all of the flaps on one end, small amount of un-original tape plus some minor discoloration from tape removal.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data.
Has the original insert (missing a small piece of one tab) and this box is still very useful as it is fairly clean, square and very sturdy. With a little repair work, it will protect the unit.
Photo of the box insert.
675 Steamer Middle Classic 7+ $ 95 Here's a box AND INSERT for the 2-6-2 K4 Pacific-type 675 Steamer sold in 1952:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, scrapes, punctures, tape.
Another view.
Despite the imperfections, this box is still very useful as it has the insert (tears and lots of tape that may be factory). The box is clean and rather bricklike -- square and very sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
How often does a 675 box show up in any condition? It is the first Middle Classic 675 box we have ever had available for sale!
736W Whistling
(Streamlined)
Tender
Picture 7 $ 75 A box for the "PENNSYLVANIA" whistling "scoop" tender sold from 1960-1965:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, scuffs, creases, scrapes, glue residue, one side is wavy, tape inside.
Another view.
Various imperfections but the box is clean, complete and sturdy -- plus the 736W box is not an easy one to find!

Separate sale tender boxes are hard to come by; this is the first decent 736W box we have ever offered for sale separately.
1130 Locomotive Middle Classic 7+ $ 10 A decent box for the "Scout-type" steam locomotive sold in 1953 & 1954:
Photo.
Flaws: tears; creases; some dirt; no insert.
Another view.
The box is very presentable as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! This is the first 1130 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
1625 Steam
Switcher
Corr 7 $125 Here's a box that we have never had available for separate sale before: a Robert Gair Co. box (1625-10 is the part number) for the steam yard switcher sold in 1958 only:
Photo of the opened end.
Flaws: missing the tuck on the top flap on one end, creases, minor tears, small stain.
Photo of the sealed end.
A few imperfections but this RARE box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!

The 1625 headed up only one set -- outfit #1595 which consisted of three flatcars with military loads and a caboose. The set is rare, all of the components are scarce and the 1625 box is very, very difficult to find!
2031 Master Carton for:
Rock Island
Alco AAs
Corr 7 $125 A box for the black and red Rock Island Alco Diesel units sold in 1954:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, writing, stains, "aged" look.
Another view.
This St. Joe/Kraft corrugated box measures 12 7/8inches long by 6 3/4 inches wide by 4 3/8 inches high.
Photo of the top.
Has the year (designated as "4") preprinted on the bottom of the box.
Photo of the bottom showing the manufacturer's identification and year.
Has all three inserts and despite the imperfections, this box is solid as it is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the inserts.

This is the first 2031 Master Carton from 1954 that we have ever offered for sale separately!
2032 Master Carton for:
Erie
Alco AAs
Corr 7 $75 A box for the black and yellow Erie Alco Diesel units sold from 1952-54:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe/Kraft Company.
Another view.
The box measures 13 inches long by 6 5/8 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high
Photo of the top.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape, stains on the bottom, mildly distorted, no inserts.
Photo of the manufacturer's identification and year.
Even with the imperfections, the box is solid: clean and sturdy with nice printing.
Photo of the bottom.

Only the second 2032 Master Carton we have ever offered for sale separately!
2033 Master Carton for:
Union Pacific
Alco AAs
Corr 7 $45 A box for the silver U.P. Alco Diesel units sold from 1952-1954:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe/Kraft Company.
Another view.
The box measures 12 3/4 inches long by 7 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high
Photo of the top.
Flaws: tears, creases, corners separating, stains on the bottom, water spots, no inserts.
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.
Even with the imperfections, the box is decent as it is fairly clean and sturdy with nice printing -- plus no one has attempted to repair this box and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the bottom.

This is the first 2033 Master Carton we have ever offered for sale separately!
2242P New Haven
Power A
Corr 6 $135 A box for the 2242 New Haven F3 power A unit sold in 1958 and 1959:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the Star Corrugated Box Company (part #2242-15).
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: missing bottom end flap and both lower flaps on one end, tears, stains, creases, tape, tape residue.
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.
Even with those imperfections, this box is very useful as it is square and sturdy plus it can be repaired using cardboard from other more common Lionel boxes from that era.

This is a very scarce box that rarely shows up in the marketplace separately!
2345P Western Pacific F3
Power A unit
Corr 8+ $160
SOLD
A corrugated box for the double-motor 2345 WP Power A Diesel unit sold in 1952 only:
Photo of the open end.
The part number of this Densen Banner Co. Inc. box is 2345-21.
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: stains, tears.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Has the insert and this box is solid as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
This is the first 2345P box we have ever had for sale; it is not an easy one to find!
Photo of the box insert.

This is a rather scarce box that rarely shows up in the marketplace separately!
2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
C Perf 7 $ 85 Photo.
A box that rarely shows up in the marketplace -- a United Container Co. corrugated box for the Northern Pacific GP9 sold from 1959-60!
Photo of the sealed end.
Box: a few creases and the front panel is missing. What is there is clean, square and solid (a grade 8+) -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.
A few flaws but a cardboard panel can be cut and inserted -- or the engine can be displayed inside the box just the way Lionel intended!

This is the first 2349 United Container Co. box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2353P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 8 $ 95 A nice box (and insert) 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 showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.
Flaws: some discoloration, small stains, minor writing on one end.
Photo of the other end.
Has the insert (tears).
Another view.
A solid box: complete, fairly clean, square and sturdy plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
This is the first 2353 Santa Fe power unit box we have ever had available for separate sale!
The following three boxes are for the silver, blue-lettered "027" Passenger Cars from 1966 and can be purchased individually or as a package:
2408 Illuminated
Santa Fe
Vista-Dome Car
Window 8 $ 65 A box for the Santa Fe Vista Dome Car:
Photo.
Tape; tape residue; creases.
Another view.
This box is solid -- complete, clean and square.
Photo of the front.
2408 Illuminated
Santa Fe
Vista-Dome Car
Window 7 $ 45 A second 2408 box for a Santa Fe Vista Dome Car but which can serve as a placeholder until a 2409 box comes along:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, punctures, writing.
Another view.
This box is presentable as it is complete, fairly clean and square.
Photo of the front.
2410 Illuminated
Santa Fe
Observation Car
Window 6 $ 35 A so-so box for the Santa Fe Observation Car:
Photo.
Flaws: window is tattered, tears, creases, scuffs, small piece of tape on one end flap, glue residue, store price stickers, writing.
Another view.
Some flaws but the box can be improved significantly by replacing the window plus the box is fairly clean and square.
Photo of the front.
SPECIAL: $125 plus shipping for ALL THREE Santa Fe passenger car boxes described above.
2434 Illuminated
Pullman Car
Middle Classic 8 $ 60 A box for the red-lettered Newark Pullman sold in 1954 and 1955.
Photo.
Flaws: tears; creases; glue residue; "aged" look.
Another view.
The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is the nicest 2434 box we have ever offered for sale separately!
Boxes for the "Presidential" Series Cars:
2521 Observation Car Picture 7+ $ 60 An obscure box for an obscure car: the gold-striped "PRESIDENT McKINLEY" aluminum "Lounge" car from the "Presidential" series sold from 1962 to 1964:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, scuffs, creases, tape inside. A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and fairly sturdy.
Another view of the box.
A tough box to find -- only the third one that we have ever had for sale!
Photo of the front of the box.
2522 Vista-Dome Car Picture 8 $ 90 An obscure box for an obscure car: the gold-striped "PRESIDENT HARRISON" aluminum "Viewing" car from the "Presidential" series sold from 1962 to 1964:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside. The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
A very, very hard box to find -- this is the first one we have ever had for sale!
Photo of the front of the box.
2523 Pullman Car Window 7+ $ 85 A scarce box for a scarce car: the gold-striped "PRESIDENT GARFIELD" aluminum Coach from the "Presidential" series sold in 1966:
Photo.
Flaws: window is creased; writing; creases; mildly distorted. A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
A tough box to find -- and it is the nicest 2523 window box we have ever had!
Photo of the front of the box.
2523 Pullman Car "Overstamped"
Window
7 $ 65 Another variation of the box for the gold-striped "PRESIDENT GARFIELD" aluminum Coach car from the "Presidential" series sold in 1966:
Photo.
Flaws: window is torn & creased; writing; tears; creases. A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
A tough box to find!
Photo of the front of the box.
Special: $250 plus shipping for all four "Presidential" Car boxes described above (a $50 discount).
Note that Lionel often packed sets with "mismatched" boxes.
3364Log
Unloading Car
Picture 7 $ 40 A very, very unusual box for the Log Dump Unloading Car that was catalogued in 1964, 1965 & 1968:
Photo.
Flaws: missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut, tears, creases, scuffs, stains.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections, this scarce box is solid: as it is square and sturdy! We have never had this box available for separate sale before!

This unique box (which most collectors have never seen) provides a look at yet another Lionel oddity: Lionel never produced a car with the number "3364" on it but used that number to differentiate the unloading car with logs (actually called "poles" in the instruction sheet) from the one with helium tanks.
3464 S.F.
Box Car
Middle Classic 7 $ 10 A decent box for the later Santa Fe operating boxcar:
Photo.
Flaws: one end flap is faded, tears, creases, scrapes, tape inside, "period" writing.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!

Note: this is the shorter (9 inch) box from 1950-52 for the ATSF operating boxcar without steps!
3470Aerial Target
Launching Car
Picture 6 $ 35 A box for the Aerial Target Launching Car sold from 1962-64:
Photo.
Flaws: one end flap is discolored and missing its tuck & that end is taped shut, tears, stains, creases, tape inside, scrapes, one side is faded, "period" price stamping. Despite the laundry list of imperfections, this box is still quite useful as it is square & sturdy; it will protect your car in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the end that is taped shut.

First 3470 box we have ever offered for separate sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
3662Operating
Milk Car
Picture 7 $ 85 A box (and insert) for the "O" Gauge Milk Car AND platform (milk stand) offered by Lionel in 1964 & 1965:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, scrapes, lots of tape inside.
Another view.
Has the elaborate, original insert!
Photo of the front.
Not perfect but the box is complete, fairly clean, square & sturdy! First 3662 "Picture" Box we have ever offered for sale! It is a tough one to find! If you have a 3662 with AAR trucks, this is the correct box for that car.
Photo of the insert.
6026W Whistling (Square) Tender Middle Classic 6 $ 10
SOLD
A so-so box for the earlier "coffin" tender:
Photo.
Writing; tape residue; tears; creases; "aged" look; no insert.
Another view.
Even with the flaws, this box is very useful as it has all of the flaps plus it is square. In addition, separate sale tender boxes are very hard to come by.

Note: the 6026W was made by Lionel from 1953 to 1959; this box is for the tender available from 1953 to 1955 as it is larger than the later box which had interior coupler flaps but no insert.
6057 Lionel Lines
Caboose
Perf. Panel 6 $20
SOLD
A box for the Lionel Lines (SP-type) caboose sold in 1959 & 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, scrapes, creases, lots of tape (mostly inside), glue residue, writing, "aged" look, missing the "PUSH" tab.
Another view.
Lots of imperfections but this box is still very useful as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It will protect your caboose in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the front panel.
We have never had a 6057 box available for separate sale before as the box is much harder to find than the caboose!
6119-75 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
Late Classic 8 $60 A nice box for the D. L. & W. Work Caboose with gray cab, gray tool bin and gray frame sold in 1957 only:
Photo.
Flaws: small tears, mild creases, minor stains, no insert. A strong box: clean, square and sturdy plus it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view.

The box is much harder to find than the caboose; it is the first 6119-75 box we have ever had available for separate sale.
6162-110 New York Central Gondola Picture 7 $ 40 A very RARE box for a very rare car: a picture box for the RED 6162 New York Central long gondola sold from 1961-64:
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! This one is only the second preprinted 6162-110 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6357 Caboose Late Classic 6 $ 12 A box for the Lionel caboose with bar-end (metal) trucks sold from 1957-58:
Photo.
Flaws: missing the tuck (and a small piece) on one end flap and that end is taped shut, two un-original inner flaps on the same end, tears, creases, amateur repairs, lots of tape. The box has lots of imperfections but it is clean, square and fairly sturdy. It will protect your caboose in shipping and in storage.
Another view.
Not an easy box to find!
6436-110 Quad Hopper Picture 6+ $ 30 A box for the red 6436 Lehigh Valley open Quad Hopper sold from 1961 to 1965.
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap; minor bumps; small tears; writing; discoloration. A few imperfections but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view.
This is the first 6436-110 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6464-510 New York Central
Boxcar
Overstamped
Late Classic
8+ $175 Here's an interesting item -- and a rare one at that: it is an original box for the NYC Pacemaker boxcar from the Girls' Set sold in 1957 & 1958 that was overstamped by Lionel for the "6464-475" Boston & Maine boxcar!!!
Photo.
Why would Lionel do this? To save money! Since the Girls' Set was not selling well, Lionel re-purposed existing inventory, including the boxes! This item was found in Set #2509WS with a Boston & Maine Boxcar inside.
Another view.
The next photo provides additional proof that this box (part #6464-520) was originally created for the 6464-510 Boxcar
Photo of one end flap clearly showing the "510" under the overstamping & a close-up of the part number tuck.
Flaws: minor tears and some "dig" marks -- probably from track pins. This brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

The 6464-510 boxcar is not easy to locate to begin with but the box is very, very hard to find! This is only the second 6464-510 box we have ever offered for sale separately.
6544 Missile Firing
Trail Car
Perf 6 $ 20 A box for the Missile Firing Car which was sold from 1960 to 1964:
Photo.
Flaws: missing the tuck on one end flap & a piece of one nearby side and that end is taped shut, missing a small piece of the other end flap, tears, creases, lots of tape, panel partially separated, "period" writing.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections this box is fairly decent: it's very clean, square and sturdy!
A photo of the front panel.

Not an easy box to find -- it is the first 6544 box we have ever had for sale separately!

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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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