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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 23, 2020

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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
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $160 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 6 original box (tears; creases; tape; punctures).
Another view of the box.
Despite the imperfections, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, 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.
3456 N & W
Operating
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 60 Special Norfolk & Western short hopper: black-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering plus spring-loaded and magnetically-operated bottom hatches. Version from 1954-55 with extra rivet detail on the sides plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few moisture spots in the paint inside and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the dumping mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; discolored; glue residue; lots of tape inside; mildly distorted). A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical-looking car -- perfect for a layout! Designed to work in concert with the 456 Coal Ramp but also available as a separate sale item.
3494-150 Missouri Pacific
Operating Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $275
On
HOLD
A sharp M. P. boxcar from 1956 only that was NEVER USED! has an unpainted gray body with royal-blue painted bands and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the car and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (tears & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; writing; some dirt; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

An attractive, very colorful car with a decent box! Only the third unused Missouri Pacific Operating Boxcar we have ever had! The 3494-150 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition and one guidebook suggests that it is almost as hard to find as the Monon and Soo operating boxcars. We have had very few 3494-150 Boxcars over the years as it was only available as a separate-sale item and never came in a set!
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 residues; "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!
3494-550 Monon
Operating Boxcar
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Ex.
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $425 A maroon & white Hoosier Line operating boxcar (with maroon body mold) from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! Has white & maroon, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers and it is the version with the built date on both sides!
Photo of the other side.
Has a small chip in one of the hatch railings on the roof, a couple of light surface scratches plus some discoloration on one side near the bottom and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice lettering -- plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the car and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; glue reside; dirt on the back -- the non-logo side; price stamping). The box is solid: fairly clean overall, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

This is only the third boxed Monon Boxcar we have ever had for sale!

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 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
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E+
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $550 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! Has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a small chip in one corner of the roof plus a few thin scratches and that's about it for flaws. The car is sharp: very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the plunger mechanism and it works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; light scuffs; writing on one end flap;). It is a SOLID, brick-like box -- clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Only the second unused Soo Lines Boxcar we have ever had!

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 $ 60 Small, orange-painted stock car with white lettering from 1954-55: has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with nine (9) ORIGINAL cows. No corral or ramp -- just the car and cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice lettering and bright orange paint! Note that original cows work much better than the repros that have been made over the years!
Photo of the roof and the cows.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The cattle car is rather common but since it offered some interesting "play value" for kids, few have survived in nice condition. This one did and it will probably be an upgrade for most collectors! It is a great-looking car that works well and it comes in a very presentable box.
3662 Milk Car
with
Milk Stand
Car:
E/E+

Stand:
VG
Yes $ 65 The large, operating milk car: version from 1956-57 with metal trucks and tab couplers (and with the "built date" on the sides). This "O-gauge" reefer has an unpainted white body with black heat-stamped lettering plus a brown roof and brown doors.
Photo of the loading/unloading side of the car.
Comes with the seven (7) clean, original, correct, non-magnetized milk cans.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct original milkman (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
Some surface rust on the metal door guides plus a scratch on one side and that's about it for flaws -- the car is completely intact and fairly clean with strong lettering.
Photo of the car's roof.

Photo of the milk cans and the platform.
Has the original milk stand (a few paint chips plus some rust and tarnishing of the deck). Has the usual flaws but it is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint.
Another view of the platform.
It is the 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 the part number & Lionel identification.

The 3662 Milk Car with metal trucks was sold from 1955 to 1960 but the couplers help to date this car as having been sold in either 1956 or 1957.

One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- and this good-looking example is ready for service on a layout as it works perfectly!
3672 Bosco Car
with
Special Unloading Platform
Car:
E++

Stand:
E-
Yes $295 The Corn Products operating "Bosco" car from 1959-60: has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. This large "O-gauge" unpainted-yellow reefer has brown heat-stamped lettering plus a brown roof and brown doors.
Photo of the car.
Comes with the correct, ORIGINAL seven (7) non-magnetized yellow BOSCO syrup cans.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct original milkman (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
Some surface rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is gorgeous; very, very clean with beautiful lettering and perfect decals!
Photo of the car's roof.
Has the correct, unique, original stand (platform) which is painted brown and dark yellow.
Photo of the BOSCO cans and the platform.
Has the common tarnishing of the metal tray plus some scuffs on the base. It is very clean overall -- one of the nicest Bosco car stands we have ever had!
Another view of the platform.

A sharp, photogenic, "action" car that works perfectly -- one that we do not get in very often!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3672 Bosco Cars.
6025 Gulf
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 40 Unpainted black single-dome tank car from 1957: version with the logo having "GULF" in navy over white on an orange background. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a couple of light scratches on one side and a tiny chip on one catwalk edge; that's it for flaws! It is very clean with superb lettering and nice graphics! The frame is rust free!
Two "aerial" views.
The 6025 Gulf Tank Car was sold in both 1956 and 1957 but the coupler drawbar style helps to date this item as a 1957 car.

A very nice, realistic-looking tank car! Once common, these tank cars are getting harder and harder to find -- especially in nice shape!
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+++/OB Yes $160 A sharp burnt-orange tank car from 1956: 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 flat finish on the broad orange bands.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice graphics.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor writing in pencil). The box is SOLID: complete, clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
An old store advertising sticker on the box provides a little history of this item: 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!
Photo showing the Madison Hardware sticker.

A very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock -- one of the nicest Chemical Tank Cars we have ever had and in one of the nicest 6315 boxes we have ever had!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6352-1 Union Pacific
&
Southern Pacific
Ice Car
E/E+ Yes $110 Unique, operating "Pacific Fruit Express" Reefer from 1955-57: this special 6464-type boxcar was made to be used in concert with the 352 Ice Depot. Interesting car with both "UNION PACIFIC" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" logos on it.
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted orange body with black, rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. It is the version with four lines of data on the ice compartment door.
Close-up of the unloading door and the ice cubes.
The unloading door has some scratches affecting some of the lettering and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with strong lettering overall and sharp graphics! The mechanism works perfectly. Comes with five reproduction ice cubes.
Two views of the roof.

The 6352 Ice Car does not show up for sale separately very often. If you have an Ice Depot in need of a car or if you just want an unusual piece of rolling stock, this one will fill the need.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E++/OB Yes $ 75 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.
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.
(6415) Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 45 Silver, 3-dome tank car from 1953 with dark blue (almost black) lettering, silver brakestand and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with a second circle around the circled "L" of the Lionel logo plus "8000 GALS." & "TANK" (but without "6415") on the tank sides.
File photo showing the lettering on this car compared to another version of the 6415.
Common tarnishing of the metal railing plus some box rub on top. The flaws are minor and this car is very, very clean with bright silver, crisp lettering & nice graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; lots of tape; "period" writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car in a decent box!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $135 A very nice silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1957-58. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of scratches by the ladders plus a few light stains and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice silver paint! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (small tears; creases; minor dirt). This box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car and in a very, very strong 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!
6446-25 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E+/OB Yes $375 The 1963 reissue of the N & W covered quad hopper: scarce variation with an unpainted gray body and spreader-brace holes plus middle AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has black, heat-stamped lettering plus matching unpainted cover and unpainted hatch lids.
Photo of the other side.
A small section of the plastic drip rail in one corner is slightly separated and is loose and that's about it for flaws! It is an all-original and very clean car with nice crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views with the flaw indicated.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; one inner flap & one end flap tuck are not original to this box; tears; creases; tape; glue residue; minor stains; mildly distorted).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
A few flaws but this box is clean, fairly square and sturdy! It is also the correct 1963 dark-orange "Picture" box for this version of the gray 6446 N&W quad hopper!
Photo of the front of the box.

Check your collection! This is only the second unpainted 6446 gray N&W hopper we have ever had for sale! The car is very, very hard to find and the box is even more difficult to locate! The common version of this car has metal bar-end trucks plus a painted body with matching painted cover and painted hatch lids -- and no spreader-brace holes. The common version also came in a "Middle Classic" or "Late Classic" original box.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 30 Maroon short hopper from 1954-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!
Photo of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; small stains). Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it has both end flaps plus it is clean, 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, bar-end trucks, magnetic couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) and the box all help to date this car as 1954-55 production.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 85 A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6456-25" but only "6456" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few rub marks and some paint imperfections and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; glue residue). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper and it is a difficult one to find!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The gray hopper is much harder to find than the similar maroon or black ones of the same era.
Our Archives Page has more about gray 6456 LV Hoppers.
6464-25 Great Northern Boxcar E+/OB Yes $135 G.N. boxcar from 1953: has a flat-orange body with white, heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and 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 sharp graphics!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; small amount of writing on one side; glue residue).
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 side of the box with writing.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $225 Tuscan-painted (type IV) PRR boxcar from 1969 only that was NEVER USED! Later version with multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- one of the nicest 6464-200 boxcars we have ever had!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original (HAGERSTOWN) box (tears; creases; tape; price sticker residue). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-200 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp prototypical-looking boxcar in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $225 A black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (missing one small piece of one interior coupler flap; small tears; creases). The box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

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

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 Royal-blue "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" boxcar with white-painted center bands, red-painted lower side bands, heat stamped lettering and multi-block, unpainted blue doors with red- and white-painted stripes. Version from 1957-58 with a "Type IIb" body plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub on the doors plus the "OF" lettering on one door is not as white as when new. That's about it for flaws! The car is clean with strong lettering overall and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; glue residue; some dirt). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for a 6464-275 from 1957-58.
Another view of the box.

Nice colorful and very attractive car with a very presentable box.
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E- Yes $110 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. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip on one lower step plus some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws -- it is a very clean car with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.
Comes with a brand new repro box.
Photo of the box.

A good-looking freight car!
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $185 A sharp B & O Time-Saver boxcar that was NEVER USED! Version from 1969: a type IV with no "built date" information. Has an unpainted dark-blue body with a painted orange center band and a painted silver roof plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with sharp graphics, crisp lettering and nice, vibrant silver paint on the roof!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original (Hillside) box (small tears; some dirt). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very nice, photogenic car in a brick-like box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E++/OB Yes $175 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.
A couple of light scratches and that's about it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; writing).
Another view of the box.
A few imperfections but this box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus the window is clean and intact! It is also the correct "Window" box for this version of the 6464-450 Great Northern boxcar.
Photo of the window.

A great-looking and very photogenic car in a very presentable box.
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $175
SOLD
A sharp 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, very clean with beautiful graphics and nice, crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor creases; small scuffs; "aged" look to one end flap). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very, very nice car in a brick-like box!
Two different versions of the 6464-500 Timken Boxcar:
6464-500 Timken
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $210
SOLD
A very, very nice unpainted yellow Timken boxcar from 1957: has a type IIb body with the complete "built date" ("BLT 3-57 / BY LIONEL") on the sides. Has white-painted middle side bands and black lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is sharp: beautiful graphics, nice lettering and very, very clean!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (writing; tears; creases; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but this box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box!
6464-500 Timken Boxcar E++/OB Yes $195 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar: 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.
A couple of small paint chips plus one muted (but readable) letter and that's it for flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with very strong lettering and very nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original ("HAGERSTOWN") box (creases; tears; glue residue; stains). The box is solid: complete, fairly clean, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for the later version of this car.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very strong box!
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6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $195 A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub in a couple of spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

A very, very attractive car and it is in one of the nicest 6464-700 window boxes we have ever seen!
Two different versions of the 6464-900 New York Central Boxcar:
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
VG/OB Yes $295 Dark jade-green painted (type IV) NYC boxcar: unusual version from 1963 with BLACK doors. Has red, white & black heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few scratches plus one of the decals has a small burr. In addition, one of the doors has two small melt marks in one of the blocks. The car is very, very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but the box is complete, clean, square & sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.
It is also the correct 1963 (dark-orange) box for the 6464-900 Boxcar with black doors.
File photo showing the dark-orange 1963 box and a light-orange 1964-65 box.

A few notes on the 6464-900 black-door NYC boxcar: this car has the correct chassis (with a dimpled frame and AAR trucks with closed journals); however, the oxide-red tinted couplers were replaced -- a common practice to fix couplers that no longer open). Additional research has led knowledgeable collectors to conclude that the black-door version only came with a body that has the second "0" in "6464900" closer to the interior edge of the perimeter of the graphics. Unfortunately, this has not yet been documented in any of the guidebooks. This car has those "correct" graphics!
File photo showing the graphics on a 6464-900 with black doors & the graphics on the common version.

An-often overlooked variation!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $185 A gorgeous jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1964-65: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very small amount of box rub and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Two views of the roof.
The car was NEVER USED but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed the car on a piece of track.

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

One of the nicest 6464-900 boxcars we have ever had -- and it comes in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
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6465 Cities Service
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 65
On
HOLD
A painted-green 2-dome tank car from 1960-61: has white lettering plus early-AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp car -- clean with nice lettering and all intact -- no cracks!
An "aerial" view.
These tank cars were once easy to find as they were ignored by collectors for a long time. Now they are very hard to find in collector quality condition!

Our Archives Page has more information on 6465 Cities Service Tank Cars.
6465 Gulf Tank Car E+ Yes $ 95
On
HOLD
Black-painted 2-dome tank car from 1958 only: has white rubber-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint fading & discoloration on the metal frame and that's about it for flaws. The tank is very clean with nice lettering and sharp graphics! Nothing is cracked and no plastic is missing.
Two "aerial" views.

Check your collection -- this very attractive and very prototypical tank car rarely shows up for sale anymore and it is not an easy item to find this nice!
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 30 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 tab couplers.
Close-up of the lettering showing the "6465" on the side.
A few scratches, some minor box rub and the railing is a little loose on one side at one end. The car is very, very clean overall with nice bright silver, beautiful lettering & sharp graphics; the frame has some very small paint chips but it is very, very clean and rust free.
Two "aerial" views.

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car was sold from 1948 to 1956 but the bar-end trucks, tab couplers, black coupler pins and the lettering (with "6565" on the sides) all help to date this car as 1955 production.

Check your collection -- this is a very uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car ======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $ 85 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only that was NEVER USED: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal 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 (scrape on one end flap, probably from removing a price sticker; writing; small tears; minor creases; scuffs). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this one-year-only car.
6468 Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
VG Yes $ 35 A B & O Automobile boxcar from 1954: has a blue-painted with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus three ladder rungs are chipped and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with intact catwalks, strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two "aerial" views.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.
6468 (X) ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
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Ex./OB Yes $375 The Tuscan version of the B & O Automobile boxcar from 1955 only: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6468X" but only "6468" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Chip by the ladder on the bottom of one side plus a few small paint chips. That's about it for flaws -- it is a sharp car: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape; some dirt; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "X" box for the Tuscan version of this car.
Another view of the box.

The 6468X Tuscan Boxcar was an occasional component of only one set -- outfit #1535W from 1955. It is a good-looking boxcar and a rather scarce piece.
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 -- and the mystery surrounding the Tuscan version.
6468-25 New Haven
Automobile Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $140 New Haven double-door boxcar from 1956-57: has an unpainted orange body with black and white lettering plus black doors. Version with full serif on large black "N" with white "H" below. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; tape inside; glue residue; stains; both end flaps are discolored; "period" writing). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "-25" box for the New Haven version of the 6468 boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A nice prototypical-looking car in a very presentable box! The NH is much harder to find than its counterpart -- the blue 6468 B & O double-door boxcar.
6473 (-60)Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $ 90 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1969: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with dual operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct Hagerstown Checkerboard box for this version of the Rodeo Car! This is the first time we have ever had this scarce box!
Another view of the box.

A very attractive and very photogenic car in a very, very hard box to find!

Note: including body variations, body colors, lettering colors and coupler combinations, there are seven versions of the Rodeo Car. This is the last version made by Lionel in the postwar era.
Two different versions of the 6475 Vat Car:
6475Libby's Vat Car ======
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
======
Yes $160 A nice example of the uncatalogued "CRUSHED PINEAPPLE" Vat Car: unpainted blue body with white, heat-stamped lettering. Earliest version from 1963 with early AAR trucks and dual fixed couplers. This one has all four steps intact and it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Small scuff on one side of the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp, white lettering; the frame is also very clean with no rust. The graphics on the vat decals are sharp.
An "aerial" view.

Only the third time we have ever had this version of the Libby's Vat Car! Note that Lionel NEVER MADE a component box for this car!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6475 Pineapple Vat Cars.
6475 Pickles Vat Car ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $135 A good-looking Pickle Car that was NEVER USED! Has a tan body with green heat-stamped lettering and a brown painted roof; it is the version from 1960-61 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers. The vats are yellow with red lettering plus black rubber-stamped simulated staves and hoops.
Photo of the other side.
The vats have the common factory imperfections in the graphics making them look realistic. The lettering is nice overall and all four vats are completely intact.
An "aerial" view.
A small amount of box rub in two of the roof corners and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus all four steps are intact and the frame is rust free!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; minor scuffs; panel partially separated; glue residue; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Perforated Panel") box for the 1960-61 car.
Photo of the front of the box.

Sharp car in one of the nicest 6475 "Perforated Panel" boxes we have ever had!
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(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
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.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 90
SOLD
A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: early version from 1954 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the car's sides and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering! Minimal flaws on the pipes! They are clean and intact! Has the original stakes and this car is one of the nicest 6511 Pipe Cars we have ever had!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but this box is clean, square and very sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators. It is harder to find than the later red versions and the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6556 M-K-T
Stock Car
E+ Yes $340
SOLD
The "KATY" -- a large, 2-level stock car from 1958 only: has a painted red body with white doo5s plus white, heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some surface rust on the frame; minimal flaws on the body! The car is very clean with nice vibrant red paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

One of the nicest KATY stock cars we have ever had.

This item is the hardest postwar stock car to find and it has been over four years since we have had a 6556 KATY Stock Car -- in any condition!
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.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $325 The earliest production ATSF reefer from 1954 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Has off-white sides with blue, heat-stamped lettering, brown doors, brown roof & bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers -- and it is the scarce version with three lines of data to the right of the door.
Close-up of the three lines of data.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel box cars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel.
The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice lettering. Has the original inspection slip.
Photo of the inspection slip and an "aerial" view of the roof.

File photo showing both the scarce version with three lines of data and the common version.

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

A very, very nice prototypical car in a very strong box! This is the first 6672 Reefer with three lines of data that we have ever had! It is an extremely difficult car to find!
6800 Flatcar
with Airplane
Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $ 75 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (dark-yellow over black) Airplane (with dark-yellow upper wing surfaces and black prop). Flat has white heat-stamped lettering, early AAR trucks and mold #6424-11 with "6800" on left and is the unusual version with 17 open deck holes.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with nice (rust-free) truck rivets and clean, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the flat and the top of the plane.

Photo of the plane.
Very small chip on one wing plus a small piece of one tab is missing. However that does not affect the assembly or disassembly of the plane. Overall it is very clean and it has the 6800-60 Lionel part number on the bottom identification plate.
Photo of the identification plate on the bottom of the plane.

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

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6800 flat! It is a sharp car with a nice original load and a very presentable box!
Two different versions of the 6801 Boat Car:
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.
6801
(-50)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $145 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (yellow) Boat: flat has early AAR trucks and mold #6511-2 with "6801" on left. Catalogued by Lionel as 6801-50 but only "6801" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Boat: white deck with a deep-yellow hull.
Close-up of the Lionel identification inside the boat.
Flat: minimal flaws; it is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets!
An "aerial" view of the boat and the car's decking.
Boat: the decking is a little yellowed with age and that's about it for flaws; it is completely intact with no factory glue showing and very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks! Has an original elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; glue residue; a little wavy; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Nice all-original piece with the correct (and very-difficult-to-locate) "-50" box; 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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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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