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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 28, 2017

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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
3370 ===============
Western & Atlantic

Animated
Stock Car
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E+ Yes $ 50 Operating Sheriff & Outlaw ("WELLS FARGO") stock car from 1961-64:
Photo of the other side with the Sheriff taking aim.
Has a dark-green body with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
The outlaw has some paint chips on his right arm and his hat. The sheriff has fared better in shootouts over the years and only has a few paint chips on his hat. Minimal flaws on the car; it is very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame -- and the mechanism works perfectly!

One of the most interesting cars ever made by Lionel -- attractive, action packed and generally, problem free. If you like the "Old West" or if your layout has a western theme, this car will be a great addition to your collection.
Our Archives Page: more on 3370 Sheriff & Outlaw Cars.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3370 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 101 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 3370's provenance including its design, development and history.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E++/OB Yes $125 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from 1957-59: has a molded-red body with white heat-stamped plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust on the switch lever and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with gorgeous lettering and nice original figures plus it works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.
A good-looking car with some "play value!" This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It is a great source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (discolored; tears; wrinkles).

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a little dirt). This box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 3444 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

A recently-published guidebook had this to say about the 3444 gondola: "In the April 1957 of All Aboard at Lionel (an internal newsletter provided to employees and later major customers), the 3444 was heralded as one of the 'Stars of 1957.' It lived up to that early billing and was an immediate hit, as the never-ending action of the Cop & Hobo delighted audiences of all ages."

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A few years ago, a popular magazine rated the 3444 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3444 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 89 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 3444's provenance including its design, development and history.
3482 Milk Car Car: E+

Stand: Fair
Yes $ 85 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.
3494-625 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.
3656 Operating
Cattle Car
E+/OB Yes $ 95 Orange-painted stock car with the "ARMOUR" emblems from 1949 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. No corral, ramp or cows -- just the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp -- rust-free and very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and near-perfect decals. Tested with some original cows and the car works well!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; stains; some dirt; tape inside); a few imperfections but the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The 3656 with the "ARMOUR" stickers is much harder to find than the common version.
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E/E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 40 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.
6346 Alcoa Hopper E++/OB Yes $185 Silver-painted covered quad hopper from 1956 only: has blue, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Car is actually numbered "634656" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6346."
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! Has just the usual imperfections associated with silver paint: a few light scratches and some minor stains.
Close-up of the Alcoa emblem and some of the lettering on one side.
Has the original cover and hatch lids and this car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver paint plus crisp lettering and near-perfect Alcoa emblems!
Two "aerial" views.

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

Nice prototypical-looking car in one of the nicest 6346 boxes we have ever had! The Alcoa Hopper is very difficult to find in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6346 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 93 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Alcoa Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 85 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1955: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with heat-stamped lettering and large "BUILT BY / LIONEL" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor paint loss on the roof plus a few small scratches and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; some discoloration in spots from tape removal; tape inside; "period" writing). Even with the imperfections, the box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A nice, photogenic and prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock with a strong box. The 6356 Stock Car was sold in both 1954 and 1955 but the tab couplers date help to this item as a 1955 car.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6356 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 96 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the NYC Stock Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6411 Flatcar with Logs VG+ Yes $ 40 Light-gray, die-cast flatcar from 1948-50: black, serif lettering on the frame plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a load of three large, unstained logs (incorrect for this car as the load should be three large, stained logs).
Photo of the logs and the car's decking.
Some paint loss/oxidation in the ribbing of the car's decking. Overall, the car is fairly clean with nice lettering plus all four corner steps are intact!

A realistic-looking piece of rolling stock! The 6411 is much harder to find than the earlier 2411 flatcar (with coil couplers).
Two different unusual versions of the 6414 Auto Loader:
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $295 The ever-popular Automobile Transport Car with four multi-colored, (premium) autos from 1959-60: the flat has the 6424-11 frame with "6414" on the left plus early AAR trucks with metal knuckles.
Photo of the other side of the car and autos.
Minimal flaws on the autos! All 4 autos (turquoise, red, white & yellow) are ALL ORIGINAL and each one is clean and completely intact!
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
Minimal flaws on the car as both the flat and the metal superstructure are completely intact and very clean with sharp lettering.
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (minor creases; a couple of stains on one end flap; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
It is also the correct box for the flat with AAR trucks.
Photo of the front of the box.

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6414 Auto Loader with the correct box! The car is somewhat unusual but the box is really hard to find -- especially this nice! Note that this item is complete as Lionel eliminated the paperboard carriers before 1958.
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E+++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $275 A car carrier from 1956-57 with four multi-colored (turquoise, red, white & yellow), (premium) autos plus the original RARE paperboard liners!
Photo of the car and autos.
The flat has the frame mold #6511-2 with "6414" on the right plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car and autos.
Both the flat and the metal superstructure are very, very clean with sharp lettering. There is no rust and nothing is cracked or broken.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 autos (turquoise, red, white & yellow) are gorgeous (virtually like new) as each one is all original, completely intact and very, very clean with chrome that just sparkles! They are the nicest original autos that we have ever had!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.
Both sleeves are about a grade 7 with tears and creases on the bottom on from removing the cars but the tops are in remarkably good shape and still display nicely.
Photo of the top and bottom of both paperboard sleeves.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! The "Late Classic" box and the couplers date this item as a 1956/57 car.
Another view of the box.

Only the third time we have ever had a 6414 with the inside packaging! The piece is nice and it is in one of the nicest 6414 boxes we have ever had!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6414 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 78 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6414's provenance including its design, development and history.
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6416 Boat Transport Car Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $350
SOLD
The scarce "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 with four ORIGINAL blue and white cabin cruiser-type boats. The red flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The black metal superstructure has white rubber-stamped lettering. This car shares the same design as the 6414 Auto Loader.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. The metal superstructure (rack) has a few light scuff marks and that's about it for flaws; it is rust free and very clean with nice lettering and vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and tops of the boats.
Each boat is in excellent plus, plus or better condition with only minor flaws.
Photo of the boats.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; lots of tape). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The 6416 is a rather difficult car to find these days and we have had very few for sale over the years!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $125 A silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1956-58: has blue lettering, a black frame and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor flaws: a couple of light scratches and some box rub plus the common issues associated with silver paint and the usual tarnishing of the metal handrails. Overall, it is a very, very clean car with bright silver paint, crisp lettering & sharp graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; small stains). A brick-like box! It is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking prototypical car in a SOLID box! The 6425 is one of only two triple-dome tank cars made by Lionel in the postwar era and it is much harder to find than its 6415 (Sunoco) counterpart.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6425 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 104 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6425's provenance including its design, development and history.
6428 United States
Mail Car
E++/OB Yes $125 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.
Small scratch in the white on one side and that's about it for flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape inside; small stains; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

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

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 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" showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.

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!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6430 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 80 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6430's provenance including its design, development and history.
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 60 A black-painted LV open quad hopper from early 1955: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock!
6436-25 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $140 Maroon-painted LV open quad hopper from 1955: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips inside plus a small amount of box rub on the sides and that's it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and gorgeous lettering. Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (creases; "period" writing). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! The maroon 6436-25 hopper was made from 1955-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "6436-25" on the four long sides) and the couplers date this car as a 1955 item.
Another view of the box.

A prototypical-looking car in one of the nicest 6436-25 boxes we have ever had!
6436
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 85 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!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 25 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!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6456 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 91 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6456's provenance including its design, development and history.
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $110 A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6456-25" but only "6456" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (both end flap tucks are un-original to this box; tears; creases; tape; glue residue; "aged" look). Some flaws but it is the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The gray hopper is much harder to find than the similar maroon or black ones of the same era.
Our Archives Page has more about gray 6456 LV Hoppers.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

Car:
Ex.
OB
Yes $ 30 A painted-black NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering: version from late 1949 with a type I body containing three lines of weight data and a complete built date plus metal frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Comes with the correct ORIGINAL load of six (6) unstained large wooden drums; the drums have two hoops plus top and bottom rims.
Photo of the drums and an "aerial" view of the car.
Some box rub and paint chips on the high spots of the body plus the lettering is not as white as when new. Overall the car is clean with very readable lettering and a nice rust-free frame.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps plus the tuck on one end flap and a small piece of the box nearby and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; store stampings). A presentable box even with the imperfections as it is clean, square and study. It is also the correct larger box (with no suffix) for this version of the 6462 black gondola with steps.
Another view of the box.
the store stampings on the box provide a little history of this gondola: at some point it was sold by the "Rosewood Hobby Shop" -- a store located at 115 N. Wood Ave., in Linden, New Jersey!

The cars from the late '40s are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition and in particular, the painted-black 6462 with steps is not an easy one to locate!
6464(-75) Rock Island
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $160 A sharp R.I. boxcar from 1969 that was NEVER USED! Later (type IV) version with ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The car is green with gold heat-stamped lettering plus it has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is absolutely stunning -- very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and with lettering that just sparkles! The car is much nicer than what the photos show.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original (HAGERSTOWN) box (end flap tuck tears; creases; small puncture; discoloration from a price sticker).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-75.
Photo of one of the long sides of the box.

Just a gorgeous car in a very strong box. It is the nicest 6464-75 boxcar we have ever seen!
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar Ex. Yes $135 A NYC Pacemaker boxcar from 1954: version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides plus unpainted red multi-block doors. Has rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some scuffs, paint chips and rub marks flaws but nothing severe. The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

The 6464-125 NYC boxcar was produced from 1954 to 1956 but the paint scheme and couplers help to date this car as a 1954 item.

A good-looking car!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $175 A good-looking M. P. boxcar from 1957: version with an unpainted gray (Type IIb) body 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, solid-yellow (multi-block) doors and no grooves in roof. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub in spots and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; glue residue; tape inside; minor stains). A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150! This car will be an upgrade for most collectors.
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $325 A good-looking Tuscan-painted PRR boxcar: earliest version from 1954 with a "Type I" body, white, heat-stamped lettering and "NEW 5-53" on the sides plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws: the car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; minor writing; small amount of discoloration on one end flap). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Classic") box for the early 6464-200 boxcar.
Another view of the box.

The 6464-200 Pennsylvania is one of the harder 6464 boxcars to find and the box is very hard to find in collector-quality condition! The earlier (type I & type IIa) versions of the 6464-200 are much harder to find than the later (type IV) version from 1969. This one is nice and it is in one of the nicest early 6464-200 boxes we have ever had!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $275 A nice W.P. boxcar from 1966 only: has an orange-painted body on a type IV gray mold. Version with blue rubber-stamped feather plus white heat-stamped lettering and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; price sticker residue; window is wrinkled).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this Hillside-window box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the window.

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is one of the nicest 6464-250 boxcars we have ever had for sale!
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $175 Unpainted royal-blue "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" boxcar with white-painted center bands and red-painted lower side bands plus rubber stamped lettering. Version from early 1955 with a "Type IIa" body (with side grooves) plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers and multi-block, unpainted ivory doors with red- and blue-painted stripes.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with gorgeous lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy -- plus it is the correct ("Middle Classic") box for a 6464-275 from 1955.
Another view of the box.

Nice colorful car in a very presentable box! It is also the second hardest 6464-275 variation to find.
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 85 A B & M boxcar from 1957-60: version with unpainted, medium-blue (type III) body with interior roof ribs, complete built date and unpainted black, multi-block doors. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock! It is also the first "Type III" Boston & Maine Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-500 Timken
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $250 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar that was NEVER USED: later "type IV" version from 1969: has a ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus metal trucks with tab couplers. The body has a white-painted middle side band and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and beautiful graphics.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original ("HILLSIDE") box (tears; small bumps; minor crease; glue residue). This brick-like box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this version of the Timken boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very unusual box! We have had the "Classic" box, overstamped "Picture" box and the "Hagerstown" box for the Timken Boxcar in the past but this is the first 6464-500 "Hillside" box we have ever had!
6464-525 Minneapolis
& St. Louis
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $150 A first-production-run version, red and white M & St. L boxcar: made in early 1957, it has a type IIb body with bar-end, metal trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint loss on the frame underside (can only be seen by turning the car upside down) plus a couple of small paint chips on the body and that's it for flaws!
Photo of the roof.
The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; crease; one stain; "aged" look). It is a SOLID box: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a box that would be a significant upgrade for most collectors!
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $185 D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58: version with "built date" plus bar-end, 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.
One light scratch on the roof plus the silver around the technical data on each side shows the usual evidence of handling. That's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with sharp striping and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (wavy; mildly distorted; small stains). A decent box overall as it is clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for the early version of this car.
Another view of the box.

A very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6464-650 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 68 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Rio Grande Boxcar's provenance including its design, development and history.
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $235 A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub in a couple of spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9+ original box (minimal flaws)!
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A very, very attractive car and it is in the nicest 6464-700 window box we have ever seen!
6464-825 Alaska Railroad
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $425 Yes, the ALASKA! A "type III" ALASKA boxcar from 1959-60: blue-painted on a gray mold with dark-yellow lettering and graphics. Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip on one of the roof hatch handles plus a little box rub on one door handle and that is about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, beautiful graphics and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck piece on one end and that end is taped shut; un-original tuck piece on the other end flap; missing a small piece of each end flap; amateur repairs with lots of tape inside; creases; tears; panel partially separated; missing the perforated push tab).
Another view of the box.
Finding a 6464-825 box in any condition is a challenge and even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.

A very nice car with a good-looking Eskimo on both sides and in a very tough box to find! The elusive Alaska boxcar is rather difficult to find in nice condition and it is usually one of the last boxcars that a collector will acquire to complete the "6464 series."
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $175 A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963-64: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, jade-green multi-block doors plus red, white & black heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains, tape). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
Two different versions of the 6465 Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car:
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E/OB Yes $ 45 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1948-49: version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few weak letters plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (rub marks and moisture spots). It is a very clean car overall with a nice rust-free frame that has all four steps intact and the "6465" clearly visible underneath!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; some dirt & stains). The box is still very presentable as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy --- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct, long box to accommodate the steps; it is also an "Early Classic 3-Cities" box with "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on it.

A nice prototypical piece of rolling stock; you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
VG+/OB Yes $ 25 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.
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6465
(-60)
Gulf
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $ 85 A painted-gray 2-dome tank car from 1958 only: has blue rubber-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6465-60" but only "6465" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint plus the tank and catwalks are all intact with no cracks! Has a nice rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (one un-original inner flap; tears; tape inside; glue residue; writing; "aged" look). Even with the imperfections, this box is very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

These tank cars were once plentiful but for years they were ignored by collectors. Now they are very hard to find in collector quality condition! This one is nice and it has the correct "-60" box that is very, very hard to find!
6472 Refrigerator Car E+/OB Yes $ 30 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.
A little dirt around some of the lettering and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with very strong lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Two views of the roof.

Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside; glue residue). Despite the flaws, this box is still fairly strong as it is complete, square and sturdy.
Photo 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.
Another view of the box.
Has an old "Madison Hardware" label on the side of the box thus giving us a little history of this car.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car.
6473 Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $ 95 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1962-63: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the light yellow version with red lettering. Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dented; tape; mildly distorted). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Excluding truck and 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 (with a DEEP or CADMIUM yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6476 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 40 An unusual LV short hopper from 1957-58: has black lettering on a gray "Type V" body plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. It is very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Only the second gray 6476 hopper we have ever had available for sale!
(6476-135) Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+++/OB Yes $ 60 Yellow short hopper from 1964-66 and 1968: has black heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with dual operating couplers. A bit of an oddity: catalogued by Lionel as "6476-135" but the number "6176" actually appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A gorgeous car: very, very clean with crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (scuffs). This brick-like box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "6476-135" box for this version of the LV hopper.
Another view of the box.

A fairly common car but not in this condition -- and it has a SOLID (and very uncommon) box!
6536 M & St L
Hopper
Ex. Yes $110 Red-painted Minneapolis & St. Louis open quad hopper with white heat-stamped lettering: version from 1959 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a repro spreader brace plus a hairline crack (no loss of plastic) by the spreader brace hole on one side. That's about it for flaws; the car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

A very attractive piece of rolling stock -- one does not appear in the market place very often any more.
6562
(-1)
New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 A gray NYC long gondola from 1956-58: has red lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct original load: four red canisters with white lettering. Catalogued by Lionel as "6562-1" but the car is actually numbered "6562" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Car: minimal flaws -- it is very, very clean with very strong lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Canisters: a few light scratches and that's it for flaws; they are nice overall and completely intact with nice lettering!
Close-up of the lettered side of the canisters.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (one un-original tuck; tears; glue residue; tape). A very presentable box: clean, square and sturdy -- it is also the correct "-1" box for the gray gondola.
Another view of the box.

A very good-looking car in a very hard-to-find box!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6562 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 88 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6562's provenance including its design, development and history.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
E+++/OB Yes $260 REA Reefer from 1958-59: it is the harder-to-find early version with a dark-green body plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has dark-gold, heat-stamped lettering, functional "plug" doors and a silver control panel with simulated dials and a sliding cover.
A close-up of the unique control panel and the lettering around it.
A very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice graphics!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; tape; tape residue; amateur repairs; store price stamping; small "dent"). A solid box even with the flaws as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct, ("Late Classic") box for this version of the 6572.
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous, prototypical car in a very, very hard-to-find box! It has been over two years since we have had a 6572 for sale and this car is sharp -- one of the nicest early 6572 reefers we have ever had! This reefer is much harder to find than the light-green 1963 reissue with AAR trucks that came in a later-style picture box.
6636 Alaska Railroad
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $150 Black-painted ARR open quad hopper from 1959-60: has gold lettering, heat-stamped plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light rub marks on one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two "aerial" views showing the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
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.

Sharp, prototypical-looking car in a very presentable box.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6636 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 94 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6636's provenance including its design, development and history.
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 35 A small painted dark-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips on the roof and that's it for flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap and the top layer of one corner of the box; tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside). Various 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.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the shorter (non-"OPS") box, the absence of frame steps and the bar-end trucks all help to date this car as a 1953 item.

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car -- but not easy to find this nice.
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.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6672 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 97 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6672's provenance including its design, development and history.
6821 Flatcar with
Crates
Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $110 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white heat-stamped lettering from 1959-60: has early AAR trucks with operating couplers and comes with the correct ORIGINAL load: a tan molded cargo piece simulating crates. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
One scratch on the load and one light scuff on the car's decking and that's it for flaws; the car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck support rivets.
An "aerial" view showing the tops of the crates and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains; mildly distorted; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere. It is also a very, very hard box to find!
Photo of the front panel.

Nice car in a decent box! How often do you see this car? How often do you see the box?
6826 Flatcar with
Christmas Trees
Load:
Ex.

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1959-60 with Christmas Trees: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct ORIGINAL load: a small bundle of scrawny-looking simulated Christmas trees that reportedly came from weeds growing near the original Lionel factory in New Jersey. The original rubber bands are still around the bundle and the trees are in decent shape although they should be handled with care as they tend to deteriorate easily. We have placed the trees in a plastic sleeve to help preserve the load but it makes the photos a little ugly.
Photo of the trees and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
The flat has some surface rust on one of the truck rivets and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering. Has the original stakes.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; mildly distorted; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy.
Photo of the front panel.

This odd car was available for separate sale in 1959 and also came in one catalogued set (Outfit #1613S). In 1960, the 6826 came in one catalogued set (Outfit #1635WS) and in one promotional set (Outfit #X-502NA). We have had very few complete 6826's over the years as this car is mostly found without its load and/or without its box. Finding original trees is very, very hard and finding a decent original 6826 box is extremely difficult!

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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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