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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
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E++/OB Yes $ 90 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."
Just the common (small) catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with nice 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 7+ original "outer" box (tears; creases; mildly distorted; tape residue; stains; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
A few flaws but the box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy.

Photo of the component box.
Grade 8 original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has some small tears and an "aged" look but that's about it for flaws! It is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the telltales and hardware.
Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales plus the original bases and "O" gauge hardware (some discoloration) for the poles. The "027" gauge hardware prices are reproduction items.
Another view of the component box.

Gorgeous car with very strong 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.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E++/OB Yes $110 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from 1957-59: 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 one magnetic coupler and one tab coupler. It is the later (more reliable) version with two roller contacts.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with sharp 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 (creases).

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; glue residue; store price stamping).
Photo showing the scrapes on one side of the box.
A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, 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."
X3464 A.T. & S.F.
Operating Boxcar
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Orange-painted Santa Fe boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering: version from early 1950 with steps on the frame, black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some box rub and a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus all four corner steps are intact. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands plus the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; puncture; stains; tape inside; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box.
It is the correct, longer-style box to accommodate the steps; it is also a "Middle Classic" box from 1950 (with "3464-26" printed on one tuck flap).
Another view of the box.
An old store advertising sticker on the box provides a little history of this hopper: it was originally sold by "Madison Hardware" -- the most famous retailer of Lionel trains whose establishment was located at 105 E. 23rd St., in New York City!
A third view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 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.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing in pencil). A few imperfections but this box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6014 Bosco
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 30 Red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from 1958 only: has the correct chassis with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scuffs plus rust spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with very strong lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Just a nice piece of rolling stock -- one that we don't get in very often.
6014 Frisco Boxcar ======
E-
Un-run
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Yes $ 15 White SL-SF 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar from the 60's that was NEVER USED: has black heat-stamped lettering on a "type III" body plus late AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Stains in two of the roof panels plus a few weak letters and that's about it for flaws. The car is all intact and very clean overall.
Photo of the roof.

Only the second type III Frisco boxcar we have ever had.
6014
(-85)
Frisco
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
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Yes $ 65 Orange Frisco 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar from 1969 that was NEVER USED: has dark-blue heat-stamped lettering on a "type III" body plus late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler. Designated by Lionel as "6014-85" but only "6014" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws. The body is very, very clean with spectacular lettering!
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking piece of rolling stock that represents one of the last items manufactured by Lionel in the postwar era! Only the second orange Frisco boxcar from 1969 we have ever had -- it is one of the harder-to-find plugged-door boxcars.
Two different versions of the X6014 Baby Ruth Boxcar:
X6014 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $ 45 A gorgeous white PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with black lettering from 1953: has metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean and the body is pure white with crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; writing; tape inside; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The X6014 Baby Ruth boxcar was made from 1951-1956 but the combination of the "Middle Classic" box and the couplers help to date this car as a 1953 item. It is a very common car but in very uncommon condition -- and with a decent box!
X6014 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 22 A nice red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from 1955: has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with strong lettering and a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

The X6014 Baby Ruth boxcar was made from 1951-1956 but the trucks and the couplers help to date this car as a 1955 item. It is a good-looking, inexpensive piece of rolling stock.
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6112 Canister Car E++ Yes $ 20 A blue "LIONEL" short gondola with white lettering from 1958 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6112-85" but only "6112" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets.
A view of the inside.
The 6112 blue Gondola was available in both 1957 & 1958 but the axle type indicates 1958 production.

Nice car!
6404Flatcar with Auto Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Yes $175 General-style flatcar from 1960 only with its correct load: an ORIGINAL yellow auto with gray bumpers.
Photo of the other side.
The unpainted black flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus truss rods and arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.
The truss rods have a little rust and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets!
Photo of the front & back of the auto.
The auto has some surface scratches and a little glue residue on the bottom; it is very clean with a very clear windshield and very clear windows all around plus it is completely intact.
Photo of the bottom of the auto.

Only the second 6404 flat we have ever had! It is a very scarce item!
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E++

Car:
E/E+
OB
Yes $ 95 The ever-popular car carrier with four premium, multi-colored, (turquoise, red, white & yellow) autos. The flat has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the number "6414" is on the right.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust spots on the sides of the superstructure and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering on both the flat and the metal superstructure.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
Minimal flaws on the four cars! They are all original and each car is in excellent plus-plus (or better) condition as they are completely intact and very, very clean!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5+ original ("Late Classic") box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape; scuffs; mildly distorted; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car loader with four of the nicest autos we have ever had! The box and the coupler rivets date this item as a 1956-57 car.
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
Ex.

Car:
E++
Yes $160 A RARE "Twin Auto Car" from 1959: black flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering plus two ORIGINAL "premium" automobiles (one red, one white).
Photo of the other side.
Minor paint loss on the flat's metal rack (superstructure) and that's about it for flaws; it is very clean with nice lettering and the superstructure is rust free.
An "aerial" view of the flatcar and the roofs of the autos.
The bumpers on both autos are discolored and the white car has some glue showing. Overall, the autos are very clean and all intact -- and all original!
Photo showing the front and back of both cars.
Why is this a rare car? The flat has late AAR trucks mounted directly on the frame which is a harder variation than the 6424 with metal trucks but more importantly, it was produced using mold #6424-11 and the number "6424" is on the left -- but even more importantly, it has the "6805" slots in the middle of the car but without the 6805 stops!
File Photo of the bottom of the flat showing the 6805 slots and the 6424-11 mold number.

Only the third time we have ever had this version of the 6424 for sale! It is nice, unusual piece -- one that is often overlooked and one that many collectors don't even know about!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 85 A silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1957-58. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small blemishes on top and the metal handrails are tarnished in places; that's it for flaws; overall it is a clean car: bright silver, crisp lettering & nice graphics! Overflow pipes are intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue; minor writing).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!

Nice prototypical car in a decent box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $110 Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering (and mold #6511-2) from 1957 only that was NEVER USED! Has a load of two white Cooper-Jarrett vans.
Photo of the other side.
Flat is the very uncommon version with "6430" on right and early AAR trucks mounted on truck supports.
An "aerial" showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with nice, white lettering and a rust-free metal rack!
Photo of the fronts of the vans.
One van has a small chip in one of the side ribs and both vans have the factory glue showing near the roof line and areas where the plastic has yellowed slightly with age.
Photo of the backs of the vans.
The vans are clean overall and all-original.
Photo of the undersides of the vans.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; glue residue; minor writing; "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a very nice box!
6445 Mint Car E+/OB Yes $195 A "FORT KNOX GOLD RESERVE" savings bank car from 1961-63: silver painted body with black heat stamped lettering plus four large windows exposing the load of simulated gold bullion being transported.
Photo of the other side.
Has a coin slot in the roof plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo showing both ends of the car.
Some discoloration and light surface scratches plus the usual box rub on the high spots of the roof; the frame has some rust. The car is very clean overall with nice even silver, crisp lettering and very clear windows!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; small scrapes; glue residue; price stamping on one end flap).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

We have not had a 6445 Mint Car in over six years as they are hard to find nice. This one looks good and it's in a very presentable box!
X6454 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 75 Tuscan-painted (9 1/4 inch) boxcar with white letters: 1950-51 version with plastic doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean car with strong lettering!
Two views of the roof.
A sharp, prototypical-looking car.
6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper E+++/OB Yes $ 40 A gorgeous black LV short hopper with white, heat-stamped lettering: version from 1952-53 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Two views of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; stains).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is square and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.

The box is rough but this realistic-looking car is sharp!
Two different versions of the maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper:
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E/E+ Yes $ 45 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 plus some minor paint loss inside and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two views of the interior.

A nice, prototypical freight car!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+++/OB Yes $ 55 A gorgeous maroon-painted short hopper from 1950-51: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape; tape residue; glue residue). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct box (with "RED HOPPER CAR" on the end flaps) for the maroon-painted LV hopper -- only Lionel knows why. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the maroon hopper.

The maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley was sold from 1948 to 1955 but the body type (without corner braces) plus staple-end trucks and the box all help to date this car as 1950-51 production.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
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6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 30 An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering: version from 1951-53 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 large original unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and a rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; writing; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.
Another view of the box.

The black 6462 NYC gondola was sold from 1949 to 1956 but the lettering, frame type, trucks, couplers (with plain knuckle tops and with black pins) plus the "Middle Classic" box all help to date this car as 1951-1953 production.

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car with a load that is often missing.
6462
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
A green NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and the correct load of six stained small barrels.
Photo of the other side.
Harder-to-find version from 1954 with the "N" in the 2nd panel plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6462-25" but only "6462" appears on the car.
View of the inside of the car and a close-up of the barrels.
A couple of paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original "-25" box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look). This hard-to-find box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "-25" Middle Classic box for this version of the green 6462 Gondola.
Another view of the box.
The green 6462 gondola was made from 1954-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "6462-25" on the four long sides) plus the body mold, placement of the "N" in the 2nd panel, couplers and the load all help to date this car as a 1954 item.

We have had plenty of black gondolas and plenty of red gondolas but very few green gondolas over the years. This one is sharp and it's in a decent box!
6464
(-75)
Rock Island
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 A sharp R.I. boxcar from 1969: 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 (incorrect earlier style) with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One very light scratch on one side and that's it for flaws on the body! The car is 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 7 original (HAGERSTOWN) box (tears; creases; tape inside; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
The box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-75!

A good-looking car in a very strong box!
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $375 A superb W.P. boxcar from 1966 only that was NEVER USED: 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.
Just gorgeous! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Photo of the roof.

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

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is the nicest 6464-250 boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
See Notes Yes $ 75 An early example of the "Green Mountain Gateway" boxcar: unpainted yellow body (Type IIa) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from 1955 with "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the roof plus some minor rust spots on the truck plates. The sides are in E+ condition and the car is a very clean overall with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

The 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar was sold in 1955 and 1956 but the trucks and the placement of the lettering help to identify this piece as a 1955 item.
File Photo showing both the 1955 & 1956 versions of the 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar.

A very photogenic and prototypical-looking boxcar!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+++ Yes $110 A sharp GN boxcar from 1966: has an olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs plus an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes with yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering. Has late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Photo of the roof.

A great-looking and very photogenic car -- one of the nicest Great Northern boxcars we have ever had!
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $110 A B & M boxcar from early 1957: unpainted medium-blue (type IIb) body with complete built date. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering and unpainted black, multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car!
6464-725 New Haven
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $125 A sharp NH boxcar from 1962: version with medium-orange body and black, heat-stamped high-gloss lettering plus unpainted black, multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; a little faded; writing; glue residue). A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Note that this is the correct box for the orange 6464-725 New Haven boxcar as Lionel had erroneously printed all boxes as "6464-735" for this car and never corrected the mistake.
Photo of the front of the box.

A very nice-looking boxcar -- and in a very presentable box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $160 A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus the white background of the graphics is not as white as when new and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and strong graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; minor stains; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct (dark-orange) box for this version of the 6464-900 NYC boxcar!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking, photogenic boxcar with a decent box.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
Three 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 1950: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Has a Type II frame with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom (no number on tank sides) plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Some box rub plus the usual light stains associated with silver paint and that's about it for flaws. It is a very, very clean car with nice silver plus crisp lettering and sharp graphics! The frame is rust-free with the "6465" number rubber stamped on the bottom.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct, (shorter-style allowing the trucks to be turned around) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side.
Another view of the box.

A very nice car in a very nice box!
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 40 Silver 2-dome tank car from 1955: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" on the tank sides plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Close-up of the lettering showing the "6465" on the side.
Some box rub on the high spots plus some light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; tape residue; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct, (shorter-style allowing the trucks to be turned around) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side.
Another view of the box.

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car was sold from 1948 to 1956 but the lettering, frame type, bar-end trucks, couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) and box style all help to date this car as 1953 production.

An uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car!
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 30 A very nice 2-dome tank car from 1953: version with grayish (dull-silver) paint and "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and some moisture spots in the paint and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with strong lettering, sharp graphics and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; one end slightly crushed; tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete and sturdy. It is also the correct, (shorter) "Middle Classic" box which requires the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car was sold from 1948 to 1956 but the frame type, bar-end trucks, couplers (without engraved knuckle tops) and box style all help to date this car as 1953 production.

A nice realistic-looking tank car in a very presentable box! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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6468 Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 75 A B & O Automobile boxcar from 1954: flat-blue painted with white, heat-stamped lettering; has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip in one bottom ladder rung and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; amateur repairs with tape on the outside and lots of tape inside; "period" writing).
Photo showing the repairs made to the outside of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The 6468 B & O Boxcar was sold from 1953 to 1955 but the couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) help to date this car as 1954 production.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock in a presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.
6472 Refrigerator Car E+/OB Yes $ 30 A good-looking, all-original white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: version from 1953 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with strong lettering plus it has a nice rust-free frame! 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 6 original box (missing a small piece of one inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The 6472 is the non-operating version of the 3472 milk car. The 6472 Refrigerator Car was made from 1950 to 1953 but the combination of the "Middle Classic" box, the frame without corner steps, the bar-end trucks and the couplers (without engraved knuckle tops) all help to date this car as a 1953 piece.
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
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Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $295 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63 that was NEVER USED! 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 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 other side of the car and boat.
The boat has a little of the usual factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield and completely intact!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo the bottom of the boat.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp high-quality car in a very, very nice box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6646 Stock Car E++ Yes $ 75 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with vibrant paint and sharp lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
An "aerial" view.

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!
Two different versions of the 6656 Stock Car:
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 30 A small painted lemon-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 and that's it for flaws! The car is 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 (tears; creases; minor writing; stains; lots of tape but mostly inside; glue residue). Various flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, 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.
6656 Stock Car E+ Yes $ 25 A lemon-yellow stock car with black lettering from 1950-51: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One small scuff on the roof plus some minor paint chips 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.

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car but they are not that easy to find nice.
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6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 95 Flatcar with ORIGINAL (brown) Boat from 1957 only: red flat has white heat-stamped lettering with "6801" on right, mold #6511-2 and metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Boat: brown deck and a white hull.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: minimal flaws! It is a sharp car: very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
Boat: the hull has some very minor discoloration. The boat is very nice overall: very clean with a very clear windshield plus there is very, very little factory glue showing below the deck! Has a repro elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape residue; glue residue; tape inside; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version (metal trucks, brown boat) of the 6801.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking piece in a decent box.

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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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