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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: September 27, 2016

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel freight cars. Included here are boxcars, refrigerator cars, stock cars, certain flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, tank cars and vat cars. Specialty cars from the "Space & Military" Series are located on our Space & Military Cars web page while crane cars, searchlight cars and other work train pieces of rolling stock are located on our Railroad Work Cars web page and cabooses and work cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page.

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Postwar Lionel Freight Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
2452X Pennsylvania
Gondola
E+ Yes $ 40 Black, 8-inch "PRR" short gondola with white heat-stamped lettering: catalogued by Lionel as "2452X" and "2452X" is stamped on the bottom of the frame but only "2452" is on the car's sides.
Photo of the other side.
Version from 1947 with closed-base type staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car.
Some minor rust on the frame plus a couple of scratches inside and that's about it for flaws! It is sharp car: very clean with very nice lettering.

Has a Type Ib body mold and small "G27" stamped on the sides.
File photo showing a comparison of Type Ia and Type Ib body molds.

A good-looking, prototypical freight car -- perfect for a layout with a coaling operation.
X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
VG- Yes $ 35 A PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1946-47: has brown-painted metal doors, corner steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Scratches, paint chips and rub marks plus the door guides have some rust. A few flaws but the car is still decent looking as it is fairy clean overall with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint; the car is completely intact (including the catwalk ends) plus it has a clean, rust-free frame with all four corner steps present.
An aerial view.

A prototypical-looking boxcar that is perfect for a layout!
3370 ===============
Western & Atlantic

Animated
Stock Car
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E++/OB Yes $160 Operating Sheriff & Outlaw ("WELLS FARGO") stock car from 1961-64:
Photo of the other side.
Has a dark-green body with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo showing the exchange of gunfire between the bandit and the lawman.
A few paint chips on each figure (mostly on the hats) and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #3370-17, dated 6-61 (a little discolored from age).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

One of the most interesting cars ever made by Lionel -- attractive, action packed and generally, problem free. This one is sharp and it is in a very strong box! If you like the "Old West" or if your layout has a western theme, this car will be a great addition to your collection.

Note that this car is the early-production (and more desirable) version since it has all of the simulated plastic rivets around the doors. Lionel had a problem with the 3370 mold in later years and many (most?) of the 3370s have one rivet missing.
Our Archives Page: more on 3370 Sheriff & Outlaw Cars.
3482 Milk Car Car: E+

Stand: Fair
Yes $110 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car from 1954-55:
Photo of the car.
An off-white reefer with black, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has steps on the frame which are all intact.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some dirt around the lettering in spots and that's about it for flaws. The car is fairy clean with very strong lettering. The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body! The milk man is original and the car works great!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the platform (milk stand).
Includes the original 3462P milk stand. It is the correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Another view of the platform.
The decking is tarnished plus the base has some paint flaking and scratches. It will not win any beauty contests but it is original (and repros are available).
An "aerial" view of the platform.

Comes with the five (5) original, magnetized milk cans -- the correct number that came with the 3482. The cans are very clean and they are the correct ones for this car.

The 3482 is the last of the smaller "3400" milk car series and we have had very few of them over the years as they are harder to find than the 3462 & 3472 versions.
3494-1 New York Central
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $110 Red and gray NYC boxcar with white lettering from 1955: version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Has rubber-stamped lettering and unpainted red, single-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub and some minor surface rust on one door guide and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.

A sharp, one-year-only car that works well!
3494-550 Monon
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $575 A maroon & white Hoosier Line operating boxcar (with maroon body mold) from 1957-58: has white & maroon, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp car: very clean with very strong lettering. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

Only the third Monon boxcar we have ever had for sale and this one is nice! Note that this car represents the only instance of the Monon road name being used by Lionel in the postwar era as there is no "6464" counterpart. It is a very scarce piece that is very difficult to find -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Soo) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
3494-625 Soo Line
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $575 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.

We have had very few Soo Line boxcars over the years; it is a scarce piece that is rather difficult to find in nice shape -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Monon) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
Our Archives Page: more information on 3494-625 Soo Line Boxcars.
3662 Milk Car
(no platform)
E+ Yes $125 A very unusual item: the large, operating milk car from 1956 -- but it is the version with a painted white body! This "O-gauge" reefer has black heat-stamped lettering (with the "built date" on the sides), a brown roof and brown doors plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Comes with the seven (7) clean, original, correct, non-magnetized milk cans.
Close-up of the hard-working milk man about to offload a milk can.
Some scratches and that's it for flaws! The car is clean with very nice lettering -- plus the car works great! Has the correct original milk man (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
Photo of the milk cans and the car's roof.
Note that the painted 3662 has a body with a flat white finish while the common, unpainted 3662 has a semi-gloss white body.

The 3662 Milk Car with metal trucks was sold from 1955 to 1960 but the painted body and couplers help to date this car as having been sold in 1956.

One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- and this scarce and good-looking example is ready for service on a layout! This is the first painted 3662 we have ever offered for sale.
6014 Frisco Boxcar Ex. Yes $ 15 White SL-SF 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar (with a Type I body) from 1957: has black lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just a hint of yellowing from age plus some dirt around the lettering and that's about it for flaws. The car is completely intact and clean overall with sharp lettering plus a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

An inexpensive piece of rolling stock that is ready for a layout.
(6121) Flatcar with Pipes Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+
Yes $ 40 Metal (8-inch stamped-steel) dark-gray flatcar from 1956-57 with white, heat-stamped serif lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the correct load of three original silver pipes. Catalogued by Lionel as "6121" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
One pipe has a 3-inch split on one end (but no loss of plastic) plus some "ding" marks, a second pipe has some dirt and some "ding" marks plus it is mildly distorted on one end, the third pipe has some small dimples and a little discoloration. Some flaws but all three are in fairly good shape and they are ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the car -- it is very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!

Not an easy car to find this nice. First dark-gray 6121 flatcar we have ever offered for sale; the dark-gray metal flats are far less common than the red ones.
(6151) Flatcar with
Range Patrol Truck
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $195 Metal flatcar with ORIGINAL black & white Range Patrol Truck from 1958 only: version with yellowish-orange frame. Has black, rubber-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6151" but no number appears on the car!
Photo of the other side.
Load: the plastic "LIONEL RANCH" truck is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and it is completely intact. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo showing an "aerial" view of the truck and the flat's decking.
Flat: a few paint chips on the end rails and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust free, very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Close-up of the truck.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; minor creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also one of the nicest 6151 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

The 6151 is an interesting piece of rolling stock that would fit a western theme on a layout. We have had very few 6151s with the yellowish-orange frame over the years and this one is nice -- and it comes in a very, very strong box!
Our Archives Page: more information on 6151 Range Patrol Cars.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+++/OB Yes $160 A burnt-orange tank car from 1957-58: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Harder-to-find version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Minimal flaws! The dome platform and ladders are rust free and this prototypical-looking car is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice graphics. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
An "aerial" view.

File photo comparing a 6315 Tank Car with a flat finish to one with a semi-gloss finish.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scrapes; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock in a very presentable box!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E/E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 85 A special car designed to be used with the Culvert Loader or Culvert Unloader: the unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a black, metal holding ramp inside. Earlier version from 1956-58: molded in medium red, has the "built date" on the sides plus it has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Includes seven ORIGINAL culvert pipes.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the top edge of the metal tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering with a nice rust-free frame. The pipes have some tarnishing and scratches but they are ORIGINAL! Note that if you intend to use the pipes with one of the accessories, original pipes work much better than any of the repros that have been made over the years.
Photo of the culvert pipes and an "aerial" view of the car showing the inside.

We have not had a 6342 available for separate sale in years! It can be used with the 342, 345, 346 & 348 Culvert Accessories or it can be an additional item of rolling stock for your layout.
6352-1 UP & SP
Ice Car
E++ Yes $110 Unique, operating "Pacific Fruit Express" Ice Car from 1955-57: this special 6464-type boxcar was made to be used in concert with the 352 Ice Depot. It has an unpainted orange body with black, rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. It is the version with four lines of data on the ice compartment door.
Photo of the other side.
Interesting car with both "UNION PACIFIC" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" logos on it.
Close-up of the unloading door and the ice cubes.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice crisp lettering and sharp graphics! The mechanism works perfectly. Comes with five free (repro) ice cubes.
Photo of the roof.

The 6352 Ice Car does not show up for sale separately very often. If you have a clean Ice Depot in need of a sharp car or if you just want an unusual piece of rolling stock, this one will fill the need.
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
New

Car:
VG
Yes $ 60 The ever-popular car carrier with four multi-colored, (premium) autos: the flat has an unpainted-red body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black metal superstructure with white rubber-stamped lettering. Version from 1956-57 with the number "6414" on right plus metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The autos (yellow, turquoise, red & white) are brand new after-market reproductions.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The car has some rust spots on the trucks plus there are some rust spots on the metal superstructure but it is fairly clean with strong lettering. The flat is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering.
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Have your own 6414? Special price for just the four reproduction autos: $30 plus shipping.

Perfect for an operator: it is a realistic-looking car that is really photogenic!
6428 United States
Mail Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1960: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (a few tears; minor creases; small stains; tape inside; front panel partially separated; slit in front panel).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a very, very strong box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $135 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1957 only with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flat is the uncommon version with the number on right and AAR trucks mounted on truck supports.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The flat has a few tiny foreign paint flecks on the metal rack and that is it for flaws; it is very, very clean with nice, white lettering. The vans have a few light scratches (nothing major) -- they are clean overall and completely intact with no significant flaws.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; mildly distorted; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is still presentable as it is fairly clean, complete and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a decent box!
6434 Poultry Car E+/OB Yes $ 75 Large, illuminated, stock car from 1958-59 also known as the "Chicken Car." Has a red-painted body with white lettering plus un-painted gray doors with black lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of nicks on the roof plus a few small spots of surface rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice inserts!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (one end flap is faded; tears; creases; lots of tape; minor stains). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car -- and the lights do work!
6436
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 95 Red-painted LV open quad hopper from 1966: version without "NEW" date on the sides; has later AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6436-110" but only "6436" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the top edges, a small scratch inside by the spreader brace and a couple of weak numbers on one side. That's it for flaws; it is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy! Hard to imagine finding a nicer window box!
Photo of the front of the box.
The red 6436 LV quad hopper was sold from 1963 to 1968 but the "Window" box and the later AAR trucks (with open journal boxes) help to date this car as a 1966 item.

A sharp car with a very, very strong box! It is also only the second 6436-110 window box we have ever had for sale!
6446 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E++/OB Yes $135 Gray-painted N & W covered quad hopper from 1954-55: has black, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. The car is actually numbered "546446" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6446" in their service manuals. Has the original roof and hatch covers!
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor creases). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

We have not had many gray "546446" N&W quad hoppers over the years and this one is sharp and it comes in one of the nicest 6446 boxes we have ever had! The car is a realistic-looking piece of rolling stock that will look great on a layout or on a display shelf!
X6454 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+ Yes $125 Reddish-brown painted (9 1/4 inch) SP boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering and early SP herald (with the break in the outer circle between the "R" & "N" letters): version from 1949 only with corner frame steps, painted metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- this car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

A scarce, prototypical-looking car in nice condition! It is also one of the harder cars from the "X6454 Series" to find.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 50 A black LV short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; tape inside; "aged" look). The box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

This realistic-looking car is one of the nicest black LV hoppers we have ever had!
Two different versions of the maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper:
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 55 A maroon LV short hopper from 1948-51: has white lettering, interior corner braces (which are unique to the early version of this hopper) and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 35 Maroon short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub and a couple of small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the inside.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car!
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6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $ 35 A very nice, black-painted NYC gondola (type IIa body) with white, heat-stamped lettering: version from 1954 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six original stained wooden barrels.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with the gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint! In addition, the frame is rust free and the metal tabs were never bent.
Photo of the barrels and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; scrapes; small stains). A few flaws but the box is still decent as it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.

A very sharp car with an original load!
6464
(-50)
Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $110 A Tuscan-painted M & St. L boxcar from 1953-54: has a "type I" body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6464-50" but only "6464" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 8 original box (scrapes; minor tears; "aged" look). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car in a very, very strong box!
6464
(-75)
Rock Island
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $135 An early version of the Rock Island boxcar from 1953-54: flat green (type I) body with gold, heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with vibrant paint and nice, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps & small piece of the outer box; tears; creases; minor dirt; tape inside). Even with the imperfections, this box is still decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking boxcar in the correct ("Middle Classic") box!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++ Yes $135
SOLD
A gorgeous M. P. boxcar from 1957: version with unpainted gray body (Type IIb) with royal-blue painted bands. Has the "Eagle" on left, leading "E" is 1/2 inch high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on each side and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

A sharp car that would be an upgrade for most collectors!
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $185 A black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; small scrapes; slit; "period" writing). The box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! Note that the 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcar was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box and the magnetic couplers help to date this piece as a 1954 car.

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $350 The "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" (State of Maine) boxcar (type IIa) with unpainted solid-RED doors from 1955 only: has an unpainted white (ivory) body (with grooves) and with blue-painted roof, ends and upper side band plus a red-painted lower side band. Has rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few rust spots on one of the door guides and a small amount of box rub; that is about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with nice lettering and vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; "aged" look). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Middle Classic" box for this car.
Another view of the box.

Only the third time we have ever had this boxcar; it is a very photogenic (and uncommon) car!
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $235 D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED: version with "built date" plus metal trucks with tab couplers. Has an unpainted yellow body with silver painted roof and lower side bands with black heat-stamped lettering and black heat-stamped striping separating the yellow and silver.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice silver, sharp striping and crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dented; mildly distorted; tape inside). A decent box overall as it is clean, complete, fairly square & sturdy! It is also the correct box for the early version of this car.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car! It is also first unrun early-version Rio Grande Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
E+ Yes $135
SOLD
D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58: version with "built date" plus metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted yellow body with silver painted roof and lower side bands with black heat-stamped lettering and black heat-stamped striping separating the yellow and silver.
Photo of the roof.
The corner end ribbing on one side has a small chip and there is one very, very light surface scratch on the side that the camera doesn't pick up. That's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with beautiful silver, sharp striping and crisp lettering.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car!
6465 Cities Service
Tank Car
See Notes Yes $ 35 A painted-green 2-dome tank car with white lettering from 1960-62:
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips plus a little discoloration from a tiny repair in the catwalk.
Two "aerial" views with an indication of the area affected by the repair.
Incorrect chassis from 1963 that has later AAR trucks and one operating coupler plus one fixed coupler. Guidebooks indicate that it should have early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.

Even with the imperfections, this car still looks good as it is very, very clean with beautiful lettering, nice vibrant paint and a rust-free frame!

Our Archives Page has more information on 6465 Cities Service Tank Cars.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
VG/OB Yes $ 35 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953-54: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
Some box rub and a few light scratches on the tank plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is clean overall with sharp lettering & graphics and a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; cuts; scrapes; mildly distorted; tape inside; glue residue). Not a wonderful box but it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage. It is also the correct, (short) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side for this version of the 6465 Sunoco tank car.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car that is perfect for an operator! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
Two different versions of the 6472 Refrigerator Car:
6472 Refrigerator Car E++/OB Yes $ 75 All-original white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: transitional variation from 1951 -- the frame has corner steps plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very clean with nice crisp lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (glue residue inside). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box -- the longer style (measuring 10 1/4 inches) which is needed to accommodate the steps as the trucks cannot be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car. This one is rather unusual and it comes in the nicest 6472 box we have ever had!
6472 Refrigerator Car E-/OB Yes $ 25 A white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1951 without steps on the frame but with staple-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some dirt around the lettering and that's about it for flaws! The car is fairly clean with strong lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape; glue residue). Despite the flaws, this box is still useful as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
Correct box from 1951: it is the shorter style (measuring 8 1/2 inches long) which requires the trucks to be turned around in order for the car to fit inside the box.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car.
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6473 Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $ 95 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1964-65: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; scuffs; scrape from a price sticker removal). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Note: excluding coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). In addition, a fifth version (this one -- with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125 A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: Earliest version from 1953-54 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One pipe has a couple of dings but it is completely intact; the other four pipes are in excellent plus or better condition. A couple of paint chips on the car's decking and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrape from removing a price sticker; heavily taped). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square and very sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators. It is harder to find than the later red versions and the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6656 Stock Car VG/OB Yes $ 25 A dark-yellow stock car with black lettering: version from 1952-53 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and some box rub plus one corner has a very, very small chip near the roof. The car is clean overall with crisp lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing a small part of one inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes; tape; some dirt). A few flaws but the box is square and sturdy. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.

An inexpensive and clean piece of rolling stock; the 6656 came in many early sets.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E++/OB Yes $135 The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1956: white sides with brown doors, brown roof & bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has blue lettering and two lines of data to the right of the door on each side.
Photo of the other side.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel box cars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean, rust-free car with crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; creases; glue residue; minor dirt; a few "bumps"). A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also a very, very difficult box to find and this one represents the first "Late Classic" 6672 box we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

The 6672 Santa Fe Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954-56 but the (scarce) "Late Classic" box and couplers help to date this car as having been sold in 1956.

First 6672 from 1956 that we have ever had! It is a good-looking prototypical car in a very strong box! This reefer is also an important historical model: the SFRD was a railroad refrigerator car line established as a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1884 to carry perishable commodities. The line competed with the Pacific Fruit Express.
6800 Flatcar with Airplane Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $225 Red flatcar from 1957 (mold #6424-11 & "6800" on right) with an ORIGINAL (yellow over black) Airplane:
Photo of the other side.
Flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking and the top of the plane.
The flat is very clean with rust-free truck supports and crisp white lettering. Has a repro tie-down band.
Photo of the plane.
The Beechcraft "Bonanza" plane has a few scratches on the side windows but it is very clean overall with all tabs intact!
Another view of the plane.
The plane has the 6800-60 Lionel part number on the bottom identification plate.
Photo of the identification on the bottom of the plane.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; tears; some dirt). The box is very presentable as it is complete, fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #6800-62 dated 11/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Sharp car, nice original load, strong box -- plus a seldom-seen instruction sheet.

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The railroad boom in the late 1800's had a dramatic economic effect on virtually all of the existing industries -- from coaling, logging, oil and steel to retailing, construction, food, and farming. If it could be transported by horse-drawn wagon, it could be shipped quicker by the railroads. In later years, the railroads would become a favorite with the automotive industry and the military.

Lionel sold an extensive array of freight cars in the postwar era including the ever-popular boxcar, realistic stock cars, specialized refrigerator cars, all sorts of flat cars, dull (but practical) gondolas, useful hoppers, authentic-looking tank cars and the clever vat cars. Lionel's fantasy world offerings included the 3435 Aquarium Car, the 3376 Giraffe Car, the 6050 Savings Bank Car and the 6445 Mint Car.

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