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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: September 21, 2018

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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
2452 PENNSYLVANIA Gondola E++/OB Yes $ 45
SOLD
Black-painted, 8-inch "PRR" short gondola with white heat-stamped lettering. Version from 1947 with "closed plate" (staple-end) trucks with coil couplers. Has brakewheels and corner steps.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with beautiful lettering and a clean, rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car.
Version with a Type Ib body mold and large "G27" stamped on the sides. Note that Lionel did not furnish a load for the 1947 PRR gondolas.
File photo showing a comparison of Type Ia and Type Ib body molds.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; mildly distorted; two unoriginal inner flaps; lots of tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
The box has various flaws but it has the insert (small piece missing) plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It will protect the car is shipping and in storage.
Photo showing the area that has most of the tears.
It is also the correct box (without the "X" stamped on the end flaps) for this version of the 2452 gondola.
Photo of the box insert.

Check your collection -- this car is not an easy one to find! The box is rough but the car is a good-looking, prototypical freight car -- perfect for a layout with a coaling operation.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 2452 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 85 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 2452's provenance including its design, development and history.
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E+/OB Yes $125 The Wabash brakeman car from 1956:
Photo of the car showing the fearless Brakeman riding down the track.
Version with light-blue body and white man; has white doors, white heat-stamped lettering and graphics plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side showing the Brakeman after he "hit the deck."
Minimal flaws -- the car is very clean with strong lettering -- plus the car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view showing the roof of the car and the Brakeman back on his feet.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 8+ original "outer" box (small creases; some dirt; writing; store price stamping; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
A few flaws but the box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!

Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales with instruction sheet #3424-95 (dated 8/56) plus brand new reproduction "027" gauge & "O" gauge hardware for the poles.
Photo of the instruction sheet, telltales, hardware and component box.
Includes a grade 9+ original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has a small stain and a minor crease but that's about it for flaws! It is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the component box.

Nice car with nice boxes! It is a rather ingenious car that works very well and provides some action: the brakeman stands on the catwalk (facing the rear of the train) until warned of an upcoming tunnel or bridge by a telltale; he then falls to the roof of the car and afterwards stands up again when the car reaches the second telltale.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 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.
3428 Operating
United States
Mail Car
Ex./OB Yes $160 The U. S. Mail operating Boxcar! This 6464-style boxcar with early AAR trucks has a type IIb body on a gray mold. The very-colorful (and in my opinion, very under-rated) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar was sold from 1959-60.
Photo of the other side.
Has an original GRAY mailman with the correct (opposite color), repro BLUE mailbag.
Two views of the roof.
Some box rub, light scratches and small paint chips but nothing severe. The car is very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and it works perfectly!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures; tape inside; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, square & sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.
An old price sticker provides a little history of this freight car: it was originally purchased from "Taubman's" -- a store that was once located in Aberdeen, Maryland!

We have only had a handful of 3428 boxcars (in any condition) over the years. This very photogenic car is nice looking plus it comes in a very presentable box.
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $295 Large, illuminated, 3-level, brown stock car -- commonly called the "Chicken Sweeper Car." Earlier version from 1959-60 with metal trucks and tab couplers. Has the original gray man.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering plus it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; panel partially separated; "period" writing; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
Despite the imperfections, it is still one of the nicest 3434 boxes we have ever had as it is clean, fairly square and sturdy -- plus it is the correct "Perforated Panel" style box for this version of the 3434.
Photo of the front of the box.

One of the nicest earlier chicken sweeper cars we have ever had -- and the 3434 always adds interest to a layout! The earlier 3434 is much harder to find than the one with AAR trucks. In addition, any 3434 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition as it is far less common than the non-operating 6434 Poultry Car.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E+++/OB Yes $125 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from early 1957: has a molded-red body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice original figures plus it works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.
A great-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 terrific source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (wrinkled).

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; "period" writing). This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy!
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.
X3464 A. T. & S. F.
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 45
SOLD
Orange-painted Santa Fe boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering: version from 1950 with black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and a nice rust-free frame. Has the correct all-blue original (large) man -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 3464 A.T.S.F. boxcar: it is the shorter (8 1/2 inch) box (without interior coupler flaps) for the boxcar without steps thus enabling the trucks to be turned around!
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
The 3464 Santa Fe Boxcar was sold from 1949 to 1952 but the truck type, non- OPS Middle Classic box and the date of the instruction sheet all help to date this item as a 1950 car.

The 3464 Santa Fe Boxcar is relatively common but it is not easy to find nice ones any more. This one looks good and it's in a decent box!
3484-25 A. T. & S. F. Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $160 Orange-painted Santa Fe operating boxcar: version from 1954 with a "type I" body plus white heat-stamped lettering, single-block doors and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the plunger mechanism works perfectly. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands. It is the larger figure indicating that this car was made at the end of the 1954 production year.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (small tears; minor creases; scrapes; "period" writing). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3484-25 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp-looking car that works well -- and it comes in a very, very strong box!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar Ex./OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from early 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few muted (but very readable) letters plus the white middle stripe is not as white as when new. The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; a few stains; writing). A few imperfections but this box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very strong box!

Price without the box: $ 95 plus shipping.
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.
Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Two "aerial" views.
Minimal flaws! The dome platform and ladders are rust free and this prototypical-looking car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!

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 (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; minor writing). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very, very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
Two different versions of the 6356 New York Central Stock Car:
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E+/OB Yes $ 95 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1954: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with heat-stamped lettering and large "BUILT BY / LIONEL" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scuffs; writing; "aged" look). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very 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 non-tab couplers help to date this car as a 1954 item.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E++/OB Yes $110 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: 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 help to date 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.
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6416 Boat Transport Car ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $475 The "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 that was NEVER USED! Has 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 stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. The metal superstructure (rack) is equally as nice; it is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering and vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the carrier.
Each boat is in excellent plus or better condition with minimal flaws. Has the original (generic) wrapping paper (formed into sleeves) that Lionel provided to help protect the boats on the metal rack.
Photo of the boats and the wrapping paper.

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

This high-quality freight car is the first unused 6416 we have ever had and the first one with the original sleeves that we have ever had! The 6416 is a very difficult car to find complete and we have had very few for sale in collector-quality condition over the years!
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $110 A "Twin Auto Car:" black flatcar from 1958-59 with ORIGINAL "premium" automobiles (one yellow, one red). The flat (mold #6424-11 with "6424" on right) has white heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Autos: minimal flaws -- the autos are complete, all intact and very, very clean.
An "aerial" view of the flatcar and the roofs of the autos.
Flat: minimal flaws -- very, very clean with crisp lettering and a rust-free superstructure (black metal rack).
Photo showing the front and back of both cars.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; small tears; creases). A solid box: clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous car in a very presentable box!
6428 United States
Mail Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $125 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1965-66: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has late 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 (tears; minor stains; small scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
This box is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a solid 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.
6434 Poultry Car E+ Yes $ 60 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.
Has repro doors plus some box rub in a few places plus some surface rust on the frame and door guides. It is a very clean car overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice inserts -- plus the lights do work!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car that always becomes an eye-catching item on layout!
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 55 A black-painted LV open quad hopper: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of scratches plus a few rub marks and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two views of the interior.
The black 6436 LV hopper was catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the coupler style helps to date this car as an early 1955 item.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock!
X6454 Erie
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 65 A brown-painted, (9 1/4 inch) Erie boxcar with white, heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Version from 1952 with brown plastic doors and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Two views of the roof.
A few small paint chips on each side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.

A sharp, prototypical-looking boxcar that does not show up very often.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 45 A black LV short hopper from 1948-51: has white lettering, interior corner braces which are unique to the early version of this hopper plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- it is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Two views of the inside.

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car -- one of the nicest early-version black 6456s that we have ever had!
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.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 60 A black-painted (on a PINK mold) NYC gondola (type IIa) 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 stained wooden barrels.
Photo of the other side.
Has a few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with clean, crisp 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; two inner flaps are not original to this box; tears; creases). A few flaws but the box is clean, square & sturdy.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.

A sharp car with an original load! The 6462 black gondolas are common -- but not in this condition and not this version!
6464-350 M-K-T
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
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Yes $325
SOLD
Tuscan-red, painted "KATY" boxcar from 1956 only: version with unpainted maroon multi-block doors. Has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a few surface scratches and that's about it for flaws. Overall this car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The car was never run but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed it on a piece of track.
Two views of the roof.

It has been almost four years since we have had a 6464-350 KATY boxcar for sale! We do not get many "KATY" boxcars as this one-year-only freight car is not easy to find.
6464-500 Timken Boxcar ======
E++
Un-run
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Yes $160 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar that was NEVER USED! Later version from 1969 with a "type IV" body with a ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The body has a white-painted middle side band and black lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is stunning: very, very clean car with strong lettering and very nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

A very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car!
6464-525 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $185
On
HOLD
A first-production-run version, of the red and white M & St. L boxcar: made in early 1957, it has a type IIb body with bar-end, metal trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small scratches on the body and that's it for flaws! The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; a little wavy). The box is complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-525 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a decent box.
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
VG Yes $ 90
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.
Two views of the roof.
Both the roof and the sides have scratches and the usual discoloration associated with silver paint. The car is fairly clean overall with strong lettering and intact striping.

Not in collector-quality condition but this very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car is perfect for an operator. Note that the camera even gets fooled and the car is not quite as nice as the photos would indicate. It is the lowest-priced 6464-650 Rio Grande Boxcar we have ever offered for sale.
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $140 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.
Small chip on one end with a little white showing and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the end with the chip.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; scrapes; minor stains; mildly distorted). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The box is so-so but this car is sharp: very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic!
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 $ 85 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1949: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Has a Type Ib frame with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom (no number on tank sides) plus corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Has a couple of scuff marks and some paint loss on the frame and that's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with beautiful graphics, nice shiny silver and a nice rust-free frame that has all four steps intact and the "6465" clearly visible underneath!

Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; glue residue; tape inside). The box is still very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box.
It is the correct, long box to accommodate the steps; it is also a "Middle Classic 2-Cities" box without "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on it. It is also not an easy box to find!
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 6465 Sunoco Tank Car is relatively common but not this version and not this nice! It is a sharp prototypical piece of rolling stock and besides, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 30 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953: 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.
An "aerial" view of the car.
A few light scratches and some minor discoloration plus the silver is not as bright as when new but it is clean and even. The car has strong lettering & nice graphics plus a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape; glue residue; cut; "dig" marks). Lots of flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and fairly sturdy.! 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.

It is a good-looking, prototypical car! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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6465 (-110) Cities Service
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $125 A green "CSOX" 2-dome tank car with white lettering from 1960: has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice lettering -- and it is all intact with no cracks or missing plastic!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; scuffs; panel partially separated; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is complete, clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "6465-110" box for the Cities Service Tank Car!
Photo of the front of the box.
The 6465 Cities Service Tank Car was sold from 1960 to 1962 but the truck & coupler style plus the "Perforated Panel" box help to date this piece as a 1960 item!

Only the third boxed 6465 Cities Service Tank Car we have ever had for sale! Cities Service tank cars in collector-quality condition are not that easy to find anymore and the box rarely shows up as most of the Cities Service tank cars came unboxed in sets.

Our Archives Page has more information on 6465 Cities Service Tank Cars.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car E++/OB Yes $110 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some surface rust spots on the underside of the trucks and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering! Has the original truck supports, original stakes and original (intact) bulkhead ends!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (writing; tears; some dirt; glue residue; punctures).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo showing the side with writing.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock for your layout and it is in a very strong box! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this hard-to-find car.
6468 Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 85
On
HOLD
A B & O Automobile boxcar from 1954-55: glossy-blue painted with white, heat-stamped lettering; has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One end has a few small foreign paint flecks and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the end with the small paint flecks.
The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (minor tears; small scuffs; "aged" look). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock in a brick-like box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6468 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 63 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6468's provenance including its design, development and history.
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 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 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape). The box is solid: clean, complete, square 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 (this one -- with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6477 "Miscellaneous" Car
with Pipes
Load:
Repro

Car:
E++
Yes $ 60 A Bulkhead Car with the correct load of five (reproduction) silvery plastic pipes: the unpainted red flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering and it is the earlier version from 1957 with "6477" on the right plus metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with crisp lettering plus the stakes, bulkhead ends and truck supports are all ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

This car is not that easy to find and we have had very few over the years! It is a great prototypical piece of rolling stock!
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $275 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63: also known as the "Solid Fuel Motor Boat Transport Car," it was catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the other side of the car and boat.
Red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering carrying an ORIGINAL Boat with brown deck, white hull and jet nozzle. The flat has middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the packet of pellets and an "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the boat -- it is completely intact and very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield!
Two more views of the boat.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and a repro elastic tie-down band. Has the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; writing; dent).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
See Notes

Car:
VG
Yes $ 30 An item for an operator: a brick-red flatcar with five (5) original silver pipes -- earliest version from 1953 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The pipes are ugly with tape residue, cracks and dings. The car has some paint chips and box rub plus there is a small amount of foreign paint around the stake mounting holes. The car is clean overall with strong lettering. Has six repro stakes (seven are missing). Note that repro stakes and repro pipes are available in the marketplace.
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is harder to find than the later versions with stamped-steel truck plates and is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators as the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $150 REA Reefer from 1963 that was NEVER USED! It is the later (light-green) version with AAR trucks.
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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with very strong lettering, perfect decals and nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; punctures; scuffs; minor stains). A solid box: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Picture" box for this version of the 6572 reefer.
Another view of the box.

A very nice, prototypical-looking car in a nice box!
6646 Stock Car E+ Yes $ 60 A good-looking, small "LIONEL LINES" stock car from 1957 only: has an unpainted orange body with black heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Note that Lionel provided steps on the corners of the frame but did not furnish a brakewheel with this car.
Photo of the other side.
Minor surface rust on one door guide plus the "L" on one side has some chipping and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint and strong lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
Two "aerial" views.

The 6646 is essentially the non-operating version of the 3656 Cattle Car. It is not an easy car to find! Check your collection -- the car is very, very uncommon!
6825 Flatcar with
Trestle Bridge
======
Load:
E+++

Car:
E++
Un-run

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Yes $110 Red flatcar with arch trestle bridge from 1959-60: flat has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers and is the version with mold #6511-2 and "6825" on the left.
Photo of the other side.
A very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets -- and it was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view of the car and the top of the bridge.
ORIGINAL black bridge is completely intact and very, very clean! It has the 0110-18 Lionel part number on the underside. Comes with a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the lettering & part number on the underside of the bridge.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original (perforated panel) box (tears; creases; panel partially separated; some dirt; lots of tape; writing).
Another view of the box.
Various flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.

Both the car and the load are sharp! The 6825 was available for separate sale but it also came unboxed in the Alaskan Set -- Outfit #1611 from 1959! It is not a very common item.

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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.

Additional Freight Cars will boost the industrial capabilities of your railroad.

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