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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: December 9, 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
675 Steamer Corr 8+ $ 85 Photo of the open end of the box.
A box that does not show up very often: a Gair Bogota Corp. corrugated box (675-35 is the part number) with the insert for the 675 steamer sold from 1947-49!
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
Flaws: minor tears, small punctures, one small piece of un-original tape (possibly from a Christmas gift tag?), "aged" look.
Photo of the manufacturer's information.
Has the original insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square, sturdy and brick-like! In addition, the box has more than 90% of the original Lionel sealing tape still on it.
Photo of the box insert.

Only the third complete 675 corrugated box we have ever had available for separate sale! If you have a high-quality 675 steam engine from 1947-49, it deserves a box like this.
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!
2020W Tender
with
Whistle
Art Deco 7 $ 75 A box for the Lionel Lines early coal-style tender sold with a 2020 Turbine in 1946:
Photo.
Note that the 2020W tender was available in both 1946 and 1947; however this Art Deco box (without the Toy Manufacturers Association Logo on one long side of the box) identifies this box as the earlier one.
Another view.
Flaws: tears; some dirt; lots of tape inside; "aged" look.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy!

First 2020W box from 1946 we have ever offered for sale separately! It is not an easy one to find!
2031 Master Carton for:
Rock Island
Alco AAs
"OPS"
Corr
7+ $135 A box for the black and red Rock Island Alco Diesel units sold in 1952:
Photo.
Flaws: small tears, minor creases, stains.
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 preprinted Office of Price Stabilization information on one side of the box.
Close-up of the OPS information.
Has the year preprinted on one side of the box.
Photo of the side showing the manufacturer's identification and year.
Has ALL THREE INSERTS and 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 1952 that we have ever offered for sale separately!
2046 Steamer Corr 8 $150 A nice box for the 2046 steam engine sold in 1950:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Kraft Paper Co.
Photo of the sealed end.
Has the year preprinted on one side.
Photo of the manufacturer's data and the year identifying the box as a 1950 item.
Very few flaws -- just some tears & stains. Has the elaborate insert (liner) and this box is SOLID as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the elaborate insert.

A very difficult box to find! If you have a high-quality 2046 Steamer from 1950 without a box (or with the wrong box) -- or if you are looking to complete Set #1473WS or Set #1475WS, this the right box!
The following boxes are for the 2243 Santa Fe F3 (single-motor) AB units from 1955:
2243P Santa Fe F3
Power A unit
Corr 6 $ 45
SOLD
A box for the single-motor 2243 Santa Fe Power A unit sold in 1955:
Photo.
Flaws: top layer of an area measuring approximately 3 inches square is missing on one long side; tears; tape; tape residue; some dirt; writing.
Another view.
This corrugated box was 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 of the damaged area showing the part number and what's left of the manufacturer's identification.

Despite the imperfections, it is still a very useful box as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
2243C Santa Fe F3
Dummy B unit
Middle Classic 6 $ 75
SOLD
A box for the 2243 Santa Fe F3 dummy B unit that was sold in 1955:
Photo of the taped end.
Flaws: missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut, lots of tape inside, tape residue, tears, no insert. A decent box overall -- square and clean plus it has all of the flaps.
Another view.
"Late Classic" boxes were used for the 1956 & 1957 versions of the 2243 "B" units while this "Middle Classic" box is for the 1955 version.

This is the first 2243C box from 1955 that we have ever had for sale! It is not an easy box to find.
Special on both boxes described above: $ 95 plus shipping.
The Santa Fe diesels are around; the boxes are not often available for sale separately!
2245P Texas Special
F3 Power A unit
Corr 7 $110 A decent box for the 2245 Texas Special (M-K-T) F3 power A unit from 1954:
Photo of the open end.
Flaws: tears, creases, some stains, no insert.
Close-up of the flaps on the open end.
This St. Joe Paper Company box has the year indicated by "4" on one side.
Photo of the sealed end.
The box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the manufacturer's identification and year.

This is the first 2245 Texas Special we have ever offered for sale separately!
2344P New York Central F3
Power A unit
Corr 8 $110 A very presentable box for the 2344 NYC Power A unit from 1952:
Photo of the open 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 sealed end.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, stains.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Has a reproduction insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
If you have New York Central diesels from 1952, this is the right box for the power unit.
2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
C Perf 7 $ 60 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!
2432 Illuminated
Astra-Dome Car
Late Classic 6 $ 20 A box for the Clifton Vista Dome Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo.
Flaws: small parts of the box and nearby tuck on one end are damaged from insects and taped; tears; stains; writing; store price stamping.
Close-up of the damaged area.
Some imperfections but the box has both end flaps and all of the inner flaps plus is it square and sturdy.
Photo of the nicer end.
2434 Illuminated
Pullman Car
Middle Classic 8 $ 50
SOLD
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!
2465 Tank Car Early
Art Deco
Classic
7+ $ 35
SOLD
Earliest style postwar box for the Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car sold in 1946:
Photo.
Flaws: minor tears, creases, scrapes, some stains, "aged" look.
Another view.
Has the insert and this brick-like box is solid!
Photo of the box insert.
A very strong box: complete, fairly clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Boxes for the "Presidential" Series Cars:
2523 Pullman Car Window 7+ $ 65 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 $ 40 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: $90 plus shipping for the two 2523 "Presidential" Car boxes described above (a $15 discount).
Note that Lionel often packed sets with "mismatched" boxes.
2544 Illuminated
Pullman Car
Late Classic 6+ $ 60
SOLD
A scarce box for a scarce car: the maroon-striped Pennsylvania MOLLY PITCHER extruded-aluminum "Coach" from the 1956 Congressional Set:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape; stains, scrapes, writing). Some flaws but the box is still decent as it is complete, square and very sturdy!
Another view of the box.

This is the first Congressional-series box (of any number or any style) we have ever had for separate sale!
3662Operating
Milk Car
Picture 7 $ 60 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.
6162-110 New York Central Gondola Picture 7 $ 25 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!
6346 Alcoa Car Late Classic 6 $ 35
SOLD
A box for the silver Alcoa covered quad hopper that was sold in 1956 only:
Photo.
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps, tears, creases, lots of tape inside, erasure marks.
Another view.

A few imperfections but this box is clean, square & sturdy. It is also the first 6346 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6436-110 Quad Hopper Picture 6+ $ 20 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+ $ 95 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.
6636 Hopper Car Perf 7 $ 60
SOLD
A box for the Alaska Railroad open Quad Hopper sold in 1959 & 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, missing the "PUSH" tab, lots of tape inside.
Another view.
The box has some flaws but it has both end flaps, both interior coupler flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.

Not an easy box to find as a separate-sale item!
6800 Flatcar with Airplane Late Classic 6+ $ 60
SOLD
A box for the Flatcar with Airplane sold from 1957 to 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, tape residue, discoloration from tape removal.
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but the box is fairly clean, mostly square and rather sturdy!

Only the second 6800 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
6812 Track Maintenance Car Perf 8 $ 60 A very nice box for the Track Maintenance Car sold from 1959 to 1962:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, panel partially separated.
Another view.
Some imperfections but the box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

The 6812 was produced from 1959 to 1961 (and sold through 1962 using leftover inventory) but the "Perforated Panel" box is for a 6812 from 1959 or 1960. This is the first Perforated Panel 6812 box that we have ever had available for separate sale!
6823 Flat Car with Missile Perf 6 $ 35 A box for the Flatcar with I. R. B. M. Missiles sold in 1959 & 1960:
Photo.
Flaws: missing the front panel, creases, tears, tape, glue residue.
Another view.
A few flaws but the box has both end flaps & all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy. This is the first 6823 box that we have ever offered for sale separately as it is not an easy box to find!
A photo of the front of the box.

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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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