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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 18, 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
X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 90
On
HOLD
A PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1946-47: has brown-painted metal doors, corner steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus it has a nice rust-free frame with all four corner steps intact!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Art Deco" box (tears; creases; punctures; minor stains; glue residue; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: -- fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also a tough box to find.
Photo of the box insert.

These early boxcars are getting harder and harder to find nice. The 2454 Baby Ruth is considered to be a "common item" but we have had very few 2454s in collector quality condition in recent years! This one is sharp and it is in a very presentable box.
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 N Y C
Operating Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 55 Tan-painted New York Central System boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering: version from 1950 with black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few minor paint chips and a small amount of paint loss on the frame underside and that's about it for flaws. the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly! Has the correct, all-blue original man.
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box -- brace yourself; it is not the nicest-looking box on the planet.
Grade 6 original box (one end flap is missing part of the top layer; tears; creases; stains; tape inside; glue residue). One end is a little ugly but this box is still useful as it is square and sturdy -- it will protect the car in shipping and in storage. It is also the correct box for this version and vintage of the X3464 NYC: it is a "Middle Classic" box without "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on the sides and it is the smaller-style box without interior coupler flaps thus allowing the steps to be turned around inside.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A sharp-looking car! The X3464 boxcars are very common but they are very hard to find this nice!
3472 Milk Car Stand:
Good

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $120 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car! An off-white reefer from 1950: has black lettering, steps on the frame and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the original milkman and original doors.
Photo of the milk cans and the loading/unloading side of the car.
Comes with the seven (7) clean, original, correct, magnetized milk cans.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Light stain on one door and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice lettering!
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
The car works perfectly -- yes, the milkman delivers!
Photo of the car's roof.

Photo of the platform.
Has the original milk stand (scratches, paint chips and the usual tarnishing of the deck).
Another view of the platform.
Correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Close-up of the platform's base underside showing Lionel's markings.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3472-11, dated 6/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; glue residue; corner dented).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

The 3472 is a very common car but it rarely shows up in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!
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.
3494-550 Monon
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $595
SOLD
A maroon & white Hoosier Line operating boxcar (with maroon body mold) from 1957-58: has white & maroon, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small stains by the "T" on one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice lettering. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

Note that this car represents the only instance of the Monon road name being used by Lionel in the postwar era as there is no "6464" counterpart. We have had very few Monon boxcars over the years; it is a very scarce piece that is very difficult to find -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Soo) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
3494-625 Soo Line
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $525
SOLD
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.

Note that this car represents the only instance of the Soo Line road name being used by Lionel in the postwar era as there is no "6464" counterpart. 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 $110 Orange-painted stock car with the "ARMOUR" emblems from 1949 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has five original cows -- no corral or ramp, just the car and some cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp -- rust-free and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and near-perfect decals. Tested and the car works well (although the cows mosey through the car as they take their own sweet old time).
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue); this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
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.
6015 Sunoco
Tank Car
E++ Yes $ 55
SOLD
Single-dome tank car from 1954-55: has an unpainted yellow body with a two-color Sunoco logo plus black, rubber-stamped lettering. Has a metal frame and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little print loss in one letter plus a few paint chips in the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and sharp graphics -- plus the body is completely intact with no cracks! The chassis is also very clean with a nice rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Check your collection; guidebooks list the value of this piece as if it is a "common" car. However, it does not show up in collector-quality condition very often these days. This very photogenic tank car is nice!
6315
(-60)
Chemical
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 35 Unpainted-orange "LIONEL LINES" (not "GULF") tank car from 1964-66: has middle AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6315-60" but only "6315" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
The wire handrails have some oxidation plus there is a small discoloration mark on the top of the tank and that's about it for flaws! The car is all intact and very clean with strong lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

A good-looking freight car.
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.
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
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 75 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.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E+/OB Yes $ 55 A painted, DARK-tile red NYC long gondola with white lettering. Version from 1950-51 with the "N" in the second panel, brakewheels 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.
An "aerial" view showing the drums and the inside of the car.
A few paint chips on the top edge of one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside). The box is clean, complete, 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.

Red 6462 gondolas were made from 1950-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "RED" on the end flaps but without a suffix) plus the body mold, deluxe features, placement of the "N" in the 2nd panel, trucks and the load all help to date this car as a 1950-51 item.

A very nice piece of rolling stock and the load is a major plus as it is often missing!
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $275 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.
A little box plus one paint chip on the roof 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; writing; glue residue; "aged" look). A few imperfections but the box is 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 a very presentable box.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
Ex. Yes $115 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.
Minor box rub on the roof plus a few light scratches and a couple of paint chips and that's it for flaws! It is a very clean car 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!
6464-375 Central of Georgia
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $140 Maroon & silver boxcar (Type IV body) from 1966 only: has maroon & white lettering, interior roof ribs, no "built date" on the sides plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor factory imperfection in the catwalk from the molding process and that's it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant silver paint and nice graphics -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a few creases).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy with a clear window that has no tears -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the window.

A great-looking, colorful car -- and in the nicest "6464-375" window box we have ever seen!
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
See Notes Yes $75 A B & O Time-Saver boxcar from 1956: unpainted royal-blue body (type IIb) with an orange-painted center slanted band, "BLT 5-54 / BY LIONEL" on the sides plus a silver-painted roof. Has metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Roof has various scratches, paint chips and box rub plus the usual imperfections in the roof associated with silver paint (Good). The sides are very presentable -- just a couple of scratches. (Ex.) Overall the car is clean with very strong lettering and sharp graphics.
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking boxcar that is perfect for a layout.
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!
6464-525 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $185 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 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.
6464-825 Alaska Railroad
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $375
SOLD
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.
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.
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.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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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!
6636 Alaska Railroad
Hopper
VG Yes $ 45 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.
Some scratches on the sides plus some rust on the truck supports; the car is completely intact and clean overall with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has a repro spreader brace.
Two "aerial" views showing the inside.

A prototypical-looking car that is perfect for an operator!

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.
6801
(-50)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $160 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (yellow) Boat: flat has early AAR trucks and mold #6511-2 with "6801" on left. Boat: off-white deck with a deep yellow hull. Catalogued by Lionel as 6801-50 but only "6801" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: one small stain on the decking and that's about it for flaws. It is completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking plus the interior of the boat with the Lionel identification.
Boat: one small scuff plus the usual factory glue residue on the hull and that's about it for flaws. It is completely intact and very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks! Has the original elastic tie-down band.
Another "aerial" view showing the car's decking plus the boat's hull.

Photo of the box and the insert.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; minor creases; tape inside; glue residue). Has the insert and this box is solid: very clean, square and sturdy -- plus it is not an easy box to find!
Another view of the box.

Nice all-original piece with the correct "-50" box with the rare insert that is usually lost! The yellow boat is the hardest of the three colors to find. The yellow boat is also the most attractive of the three colors but I may be biased as yellow is my favorite color.

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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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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
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