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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: October 15, 2017

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel freight cars. Included here are boxcars, refrigerator cars, stock cars, certain flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, tank cars and vat cars. Specialty cars from the "Space & Military" Series are located on our Space & Military Cars web page while crane cars, searchlight cars and other work train pieces of rolling stock are located on our Railroad Work Cars web page and cabooses and work cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page.

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Postwar Lionel Freight Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
3376 Operating
Giraffe Car
E+/OB Yes $125 The "BRONX ZOO" Stock Car from 1960: has a good-looking spotted giraffe who ducks inside the car when approaching a bridge or tunnel and then reappears afterwards.
Photo of the car with the giraffe making an appearance.
The car has an unpainted blue body with white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side with the giraffe hiding.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with sharp lettering and a nice rust-free frame.
Close-up of the handsome giraffe.
The original giraffe is completely intact and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.
Complete! Has the original envelope #3376-119 (tears, creases, tape) containing the original (correct, DARK-orange) pole, rod & all twelve tell-tales plus the metal pole base & camplate and the original instruction sheet #3376-117, dated 6-60.
Photo of the instruction sheet, envelope, tell-tale parts & camplate.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.
The blue 3376 Giraffe Car with white lettering was made from 1960 to 1965 but the box and the couplers date this novelty item as 1960 production.

A clever car that works well! -- plus it comes in a very presentable box.
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E-/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
The Wabash brakeman car from 1957:
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."
Has the common catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car. The flaws appears as "melt" marks on the roof. That's it for flaws as the car is very clean with crisp 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; stains; tape; tape residue; "period" writing; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
The box has both end flaps and all of the interior flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!

Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales with original "027" gauge & "O" gauge hardware for the poles. The "O" gauge hardware has some rust (does not affect the operation) but the "027" gauge hardware is close to like new.
Photo of the component box.
Includes a grade 8 original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has some stains, creases and tape but it is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the component box.

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

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
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!
3482 Milk Car Car: E+

Stand: Fair
Yes $ 85 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car from 1954-55:
Photo of the car.
An off-white reefer with black, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has steps on the frame which are all intact.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some dirt around the lettering in spots and that's about it for flaws. The car is fairy clean with very strong lettering. The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body! The milk man is original and the car works great!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the platform (milk stand).
Includes the original 3462P milk stand. It is the correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Another view of the platform.
The decking is tarnished plus the base has some paint flaking and scratches. It will not win any beauty contests but it is original (and repros are available).
An "aerial" view of the platform.

Comes with the five (5) original, magnetized milk cans -- the correct number that came with the 3482. The cans are very clean and they are the correct ones for this car.

The 3482 is the last of the smaller "3400" milk car series and we have had very few of them over the years as they are harder to find than the 3462 & 3472 versions.
3494-150 Missouri Pacific
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $275 A sharp M. P. boxcar from 1956 only: 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.
Some box rub on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (tears & stains).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; writing; store price stampings; a little wavy). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

An attractive, very colorful car with a decent box! 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!
3494-625 Soo Line
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $575 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.

We have had very few Soo Line boxcars over the years; it is a scarce piece that is rather difficult to find in nice shape -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Monon) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
Our Archives Page: more information on 3494-625 Soo Line Boxcars.
3656 Operating
Cattle Car
E++/OB Yes $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.
3662 Milk Car Car:
E+

Stand:
E-

OB
Yes $195
SOLD
The large, operating milk car: version from 1957 to 1960 with metal trucks and tab couplers (and with the "built date" on the sides).
Photo of the car.
This "O-gauge" reefer has an unpainted white body with black heat-stamped lettering plus a flat-brown roof and matching flat-brown doors! Note that the brown color of the roof and doors is a documented variation as listed in the guidebooks. However, this may have been caused by exposure to light as the underside of the roof and the backs of the doors are maroon.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some surface rust on the door guides and the frame underside plus the body is not as white as others that we have had. The car is very clean overall with very strong lettering.
Close-up of the hard-working milk man.
Has the correct original milk man (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
Photo of the car's roof.
Comes with seven (7) clean, original, correct, non-magnetized milk cans plus the correct, original envelope #3662-80 and the correct original instruction sheet #3662-81, dated 2/57.
Photo of the envelope, cans and instruction sheet.

Photo of the platform.
Has the original milk stand.
Photo of the back of the platform.
The platform has the usual tarnishing of the deck plus a few paint chips but it is still nicer than most of the platforms available in the marketplace.
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 the part number & Lionel identification.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 3662.
Photo of the insert.

The 3662 Milk Car with metal trucks was sold from 1955 to 1960 but the "Late Classic" box, envelope, instruction sheet and couplers all help to date this car as having been sold from 1957 to 1960.

A nice car in the nicest 3662 box we have ever had! 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!
6025 Gulf
1-dome
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 45 Orange single-dome tank car from 1957-58: has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small stains and some light scratches plus a few muted (but very readable) letters. The car is nice overall: all intact, no cracks plus it is clean with nice Gulf logos!
Two "aerial" views.
We have not had an orange 6025 Tank Car for sale in years -- it has become a hard car to find.
(6111) Flatcar with Logs VG- Yes $ 90 Stamped-steel (8-inch) Flatcar from 1957: very scarce version with a dark-red (almost maroon) frame and white rubber-stamped, serif lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as 6111 but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
The car has lots of paint chips but it is clean overall with strong lettering. Comes with three reproduction stained logs.
Photo of the logs and an "aerial" view of the car showing the decking.

Not a very exciting car but if you like unusual items, this item will certainly be a plus to your collection. The dark-red 6111 is the second hardest car of that series to find.
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E/E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 40
SOLD
A special car designed to be used with the Culvert Loader or Culvert Unloader: the unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a black, metal holding ramp inside. Earlier version from 1956-58: molded in medium red, has the "built date" on the sides plus it has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Includes seven ORIGINAL culvert pipes.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the top edge of the metal tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering with a nice rust-free frame. The pipes have some tarnishing and scratches but they are ORIGINAL! Note that if you intend to use the pipes with one of the accessories, original pipes work much better than any of the repros that have been made over the years.
Photo of the culvert pipes and an "aerial" view of the car showing the inside.

We have not had a 6342 available for separate sale in years! It can be used with the 342, 345, 346 & 348 Culvert Accessories or it can be an additional item of rolling stock for your layout.
6346 Alcoa Hopper E++/OB Yes $185
SOLD
Silver-painted covered quad hopper from 1956 only: has blue, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Car is actually numbered "634656" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6346."
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! Has just the usual imperfections associated with silver paint: a few light scratches and some minor stains.
Close-up of the Alcoa emblem and some of the lettering on one side.
Has the original cover and hatch lids and this car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver paint plus crisp lettering and near-perfect Alcoa emblems!
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6414 Auto Loader with the correct box! The car is somewhat unusual but the box is really hard to find -- especially this nice! Note that this item is complete as Lionel eliminated the paperboard carriers before 1958.
6428 United States
Mail Car
E++/OB Yes $125 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1960: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small scratch in the white on one side and that's about it for flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1957 only with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flat is the uncommon version with the number on right and AAR trucks mounted on truck supports.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The flat has a few tiny foreign paint flecks on the metal rack and that is it for flaws; it is very, very clean with nice, white lettering. The vans have a few light scratches (nothing major) -- they are clean overall and completely intact with no significant flaws.
An "aerial" showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; mildly distorted; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is still presentable as it is fairly clean, complete and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a decent box!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6430 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 80 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6430's provenance including its design, development and history.
6434 Poultry Car E+ Yes $ 75 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.
Some box rub in a few places plus some surface rust on the frame and door guides. It is a very clean car overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice inserts -- plus the lights do work!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car that always becomes an eye-catching item on layout!
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
A black-painted LV open quad hopper from early 1955: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; glue residue). A few imperfections but this box is still solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
The black 6436 LV hopper was catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the coupler pins and the "Middle Classic" box help to date this car as a 1955 item.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock in a very presentable box!
6436-25 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E-/OB Yes $ 85 Maroon-painted LV open quad hopper from late 1955: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches on the interior walls plus some box rub on the sides; there is also some minor surface rust on the truck plates.
A view of the interior of the car.
The car is completely intact and very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and gorgeous lettering. Has the original spreader brace.
Another view of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; minor stains; some discoloration; lots of tape inside and one small piece of tape outside). Despite the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.
The maroon 6436-25 hopper was made from 1955-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "6436-25" on the four long sides) and the couplers date this car as a late 1955 item.

A prototypical-looking car in a very presentable box.
6436
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 85 Red-painted LV open quad hopper from 1966: version without "NEW" date on the sides; has later AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6436-110" but only "6436" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the top edges, a small scratch inside by the spreader brace and a couple of weak numbers on one side. That's it for flaws; it is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy! Hard to imagine finding a nicer window box!
Photo of the front of the box.
The red 6436 LV quad hopper was sold from 1963 to 1968 but the "Window" box and the later AAR trucks (with open journal boxes) help to date this car as a 1966 item.

A sharp car with a very, very strong box! It is also only the second 6436-110 window box we have ever had for sale!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 25 Maroon short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub and a couple of small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the inside.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6456 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 91 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6456's provenance including its design, development and history.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

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

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

The cars from the late '40s are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition and in particular, the painted-black 6462 with steps is not an easy one to locate!
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 gorgeous car -- very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; missing a small piece and the inner flap on one side and the end is taped shut; tears; creases; scrapes).
Another view of the box.
Not a great box but it has both end flaps and the box is clean, square and sturdy! It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.

It is one of the nicest painted gondolas we have ever had! The load is a major plus as it is often missing.
6462
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
VG+ Yes $ 35 A green NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering: 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.
Photo of the other side.
Has some box rub/paint chips on a few ribs and on the top edges of the sides. The car is clean overall with nice lettering. Has the correct load of six stained small barrels.
View of the inside of the car and a close-up of the barrels.
The green 6462 gondola was made from 1954-57; however, the body mold, placement of the "N" in the 3rd 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.
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar Ex. Yes $135 A NYC Pacemaker boxcar from 1954: version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides plus unpainted red multi-block doors. Has rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some scuffs, paint chips and rub marks flaws but nothing severe. The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

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

A good-looking car!
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $275 A nice W.P. boxcar from 1966 only: has an orange-painted body on a type IV gray mold. Version with blue rubber-stamped feather plus white heat-stamped lettering and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Two views of the roof.

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

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is one of the nicest 6464-250 boxcars we have ever had for sale!
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 85 A B & M boxcar from 1957-60: version with unpainted, medium-blue (type III) body with interior roof ribs, complete built date and unpainted black, multi-block doors. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

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

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

A good-looking, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very unusual box! We have had the "Classic" box, overstamped "Picture" box and the "Hagerstown" box for the Timken Boxcar in the past but this is the first 6464-500 "Hillside" box we have ever had!
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $235
On
HOLD
A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub in a couple of spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

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

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

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
Two different versions of the 6465 Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car:
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
E/OB Yes $ 40 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1948-49: version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few weak letters plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (rub marks and moisture spots). It is a very clean car overall with a nice rust-free frame that has all four steps intact and the "6465" clearly visible underneath!
Two "aerial" views.

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

A nice prototypical piece of rolling stock; you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 45 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953-54: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
A few small (light) scratches plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering & graphics and a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; discoloration; tape; amateur repairs). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct, (short) "Middle Classic" box (with "6465" printed on every side) for this version of the 6465 Sunoco tank car.
Another view of the box.

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

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

These tank cars were once plentiful but for years they were ignored by collectors. Now they are very hard to find in collector quality condition! This one is nice and it has the correct "-60" box that is very, very hard to find!
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car E++/OB Yes $110 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some surface rust spots on the underside of the trucks and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering! Has the original truck supports, original stakes and original (intact) bulkhead ends!
An "aerial" view.

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

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

Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 40
SOLD
A B & O Automobile boxcar from 1953-55: glossy-blue painted version with white, heat-stamped lettering; has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One very, very light surface scratch plus the lettering is not as white as when new. That's about it for flaws; the car is very clean with strong lettering overall 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.

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.
Two different versions of the 6472 Refrigerator Car:
6472 Refrigerator Car E+ Yes $ 35 All-original off-white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1950 -- the frame has corner steps plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small scratches and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean car with strong lettering and a 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.

The 6472 is the non-operating version of the 3472 milk car. Note that the 1950 version of this car is much harder to find than the later 6472 reefers that came without frame steps.
6472 Refrigerator Car E+/OB Yes $ 30 A white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1951 without steps on the frame but with staple-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little dirt around some of the lettering and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with very strong lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Two views of the roof.

Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside; glue residue). Despite the flaws, this box is still fairly strong as it is complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box.
Correct box from 1951: it is the shorter style (measuring 8 1/2 inches long) which requires the trucks to be turned around in order for the car to fit inside the box.
Another view of the box.
Has an old "Madison Hardware" label on the side of the box thus giving us a little history of this car.

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

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

Excluding truck and coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). In addition, a fifth version (with a DEEP or CADMIUM yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
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6476 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 40 An unusual LV short hopper from 1957-58: has black lettering on a gray "Type V" body plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. It is very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

A fairly common car but not in this condition -- and it has a SOLID (and very uncommon) box!
6477 "Miscellaneous" Car
with Pipes
Load:
Fair

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $ 85 A Bulkhead Car with the correct load of five original silvery plastic pipes: the unpainted red flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering and it is the earlier version from 1957 with "6477" on the right plus metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The pipes all have various issues: cracks, creases, distorted, discoloration, etc.
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with strong lettering plus the stakes, bulkhead ends and truck supports are all ORIGINAL!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (small crease; minor dirt; "period" price stampings on one end flap). A SOLID box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $325 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 early 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 on one side 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 a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; scuffs). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

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

Car:
E-
Yes $ 60
SOLD
A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: earliest version from 1953-54 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One pipe has a hairline crack (no loss of plastic); the other four pipes are close to like new. The car has some paint chips and box rub but it is very, very clean with nice lettering!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is harder to find than the later versions with stamped-steel truck plate and is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators as the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6536 M & St L
Hopper
Ex. Yes $110 Red-painted Minneapolis & St. Louis open quad hopper with white heat-stamped lettering: version from 1959 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a repro spreader brace plus a hairline crack (no loss of plastic) by the spreader brace hole on one side. That's about it for flaws; the car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

A very attractive piece of rolling stock -- one does not appear in the market place very often any more.
6636 Alaska Railroad
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $150 Black-painted ARR open quad hopper from 1959-60: has gold lettering, heat-stamped plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light rub marks on one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two "aerial" views showing the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
The box has some flaws but it has both end flaps, both interior coupler flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.

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

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6636 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 94 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6636's provenance including its design, development and history.
Two different versions of the 6656 Stock Car:
6656 Stock Car E+/OB Yes $ 35 A small painted lemon-yellow stock car with black heat-stamped lettering from early 1951: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with nice, vibrant paint, crisp, near-perfect lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the shorter (non-"OPS") box, the absence of frame steps and the staple-end trucks all help to date this car as a 1951 item.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains). A few flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.
Has an old "Madison Hardware" label on the side of the box thus giving us a little history of this car.

The 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 small painted dark-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor paint loss on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the absence of frame steps and the bar-end trucks 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 nice.
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