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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $295 Large, illuminated, 3-level, brown stock car -- commonly called the "Chicken Sweeper Car." Earlier version from 1959-60 with metal trucks and tab couplers. Has the original gray man.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering plus it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

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

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

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; "period" writing). This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A recently-published guidebook had this to say about the 3444 gondola: "In the April 1957 of All Aboard at Lionel (an internal newsletter provided to employees and later major customers), the 3444 was heralded as one of the 'Stars of 1957.' It lived up to that early billing and was an immediate hit, as the never-ending action of the Cop & Hobo delighted audiences of all ages."

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A few years ago, a popular magazine rated the 3444 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3444 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 89 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 3444's provenance including its design, development and history.
Two different versions of the X3464 New York Central System Operating Boxcar:
X3464 N Y C
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 65 Tan-painted New York Central System boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering: version from early 1950 with steps on the frame plus black metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and small paint chips on the roof plus a few muted (but very readable letters) and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with 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 (tears; creases; tape).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; lots of tape inside). Some flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy! 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 longer-style box with interior coupler flaps to accommodate the steps.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box.
X3464 N Y C
Operating Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 55
SOLD
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!
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3472 Milk Car Stand:
Good

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

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

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

The 3472 is a very common car but it rarely shows up in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar Ex./OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from early 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few muted (but very readable) letters plus the white middle stripe is not as white as when new. The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

Price without the box: $ 95 plus shipping.
3656 Operating
Cattle Car
E++/OB Yes $110 Orange-painted stock car with the "ARMOUR" emblems from 1949 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has five original cows -- no corral or ramp, just the car and some cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp -- rust-free and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and near-perfect decals. Tested and the car works well (although the cows mosey through the car as they take their own sweet old time).
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue); this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The 3656 with the "ARMOUR" stickers is much harder to find than the common version.
6015 Sunoco
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $ 75 Single-dome tank car from 1954-55: has an unpainted yellow body with a two-color Sunoco logo plus black, rubber-stamped lettering. Has a metal frame and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One scratch on top of the body plus some box rub on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and sharp graphics -- plus the body is completely intact with no cracks!
Two "aerial" views.

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

Check your collection; guidebooks list the value of this piece as if it is a "common" car. However, it does not show up in collector-quality condition very often these days. This very photogenic tank car is nice!
6025 Gulf
1-dome
Tank Car
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E+++
Un-run
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Yes $ 60 A spectacular unpainted-orange single-dome tank car from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED: has a three-color rubber-stamped Gulf herald plus rubber-stamped lettering and a chemically-blackened frame with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous: all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice Gulf logos!
An "aerial" view.

We have very few orange 6025 Tank Cars over the years and this one is the nicest one we have ever seen! It has become a hard car to find in collector-quality condition.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $175 A burnt-orange tank car from 1957-58: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Two "aerial" views.
Minimal flaws! The dome platform and ladders are rust free and this prototypical-looking car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!

File photo comparing a 6315 Tank Car with a flat finish to one with a semi-gloss finish.

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

A very, very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock in a very presentable box!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6315
(-60)
Chemical
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 35 Unpainted-orange "LIONEL LINES" (not "GULF") tank car from 1964-66: has middle AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6315-60" but only "6315" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
The wire handrails have some oxidation plus there is a small discoloration mark on the top of the tank and that's about it for flaws! The car is all intact and very clean with strong lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

A good-looking freight car.
Two different versions of the 6356 New York Central Stock Car:
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E+/OB Yes $ 95 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1954: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with heat-stamped lettering and large "BUILT BY / LIONEL" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

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

A very nice, photogenic and prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock with a strong box. The 6356 Stock Car was sold in both 1954 and 1955 but the non-tab couplers help to date this car as a 1954 item.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E++/OB Yes $110 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1955: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with heat-stamped lettering and large "BUILT BY / LIONEL" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6356 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 96 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the NYC Stock Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
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6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $160 The ever-popular car carrier with four multi-colored, (premium) autos. The flat has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the number "6414" is on the right.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the car! It is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering. The metal superstructure is rust free and the graphics are sharp.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 autos (turquoise, red, white & yellow) are all original with only minor flaws. Each car is completely intact and very, very clean!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original ("Late Classic") box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; scrapes; some dirt; lots of tape inside; discolored). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very nice auto loader in a decent box. The box and the coupler rivets date this item as a 1956-57 car.
6415 Sunoco
Tank Car
VG Yes $ 25 Silver, 3-dome tank car: early version from 1953-54 with dark blue (almost black) lettering, silver brakestand, bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers plus "6600 GALS." and "6415" on tank sides.
Photo of the other side.
Frame has a hairline crack but there is no loss of plastic.
Two "aerial" views.
Common tarnishing of the metal railing plus the normal flaws associated with silver paint: a few small scratches, a couple of tiny stains and some box rub. The flaws are not severe and this car still looks good as it is clean with crisp lettering & nice graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
File photo showing the lettering on this car compared to another version of the 6415.

We have had very few 6415 tank cars with the "6600 GALS." over the years; it is much scarcer than the later variations. A very-realistic and presentable-looking piece of rolling stock!
6416 Boat Transport Car ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $475 The "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 that was NEVER USED! Has four ORIGINAL blue and white cabin cruiser-type boats. The red flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The black metal superstructure has white rubber-stamped lettering. This car shares the same design as the 6414 Auto Loader.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. The metal superstructure (rack) is equally as nice; it is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering and vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the carrier.
Each boat is in excellent plus or better condition with minimal flaws. Has the original (generic) wrapping paper (formed into sleeves) that Lionel provided to help protect the boats on the metal rack.
Photo of the boats and the wrapping paper.

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

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

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

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

A gorgeous car in a very presentable box!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $135
SOLD
A silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1956-58: has blue lettering, a black frame and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a little box rub plus some small, light moisture spots on top and that's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with bright silver paint, crisp lettering & sharp graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor creases). A SOLID, brick-like box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking prototypical car in the nicest 6425 box we have ever had! The 6425 is one of only two triple-dome tank cars made by Lionel in the postwar era; it is much harder to find than its 6415 (Sunoco) counterpart.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6425 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 104 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6425's provenance including its design, development and history.
6428 United States
Mail Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $125 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1965-66: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has late AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; minor stains; small scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
This box is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

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

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

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

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

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6430 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 80 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6430's provenance including its design, development and history.
6431 Flatcar with
Tractor
&
Trailers
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Load:
E+++

Truck:
E+++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $725
SOLD
This 1966-only item is one of the most unusual offerings by Lionel in the postwar era: a flatcar with all-original, unmarked YELLOW vans and an ORIGINAL red Midge Tractor all packaged in an oversized window box.
Photo of the car and trailers.
Flatcar is red with white, heat-stamped lettering; it is the correct (lighter-red) flat for the 6431 package with late AAR trucks riveted directly to the frame (mold #6511-2); it is the version without frame rail extensions.
Photo of the other side of the car and trailers.
Flat is very, very clean with crisp lettering, a rust-free metal rack and nice shiny, rust-free rivet heads.
An "aerial" view showing the roof of the tractor, the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.
The vans are sharp: completely intact and very, very clean. They are the correct ones for the 6431 set: the bottom of each one has the hole underneath to accommodate the Midge tractor and the sides have no sign slots.

Photo of the tractor.
The tractor has the Midge identification inside as follows: "MIDGE TOY / ROCKFORD ILL. / U.S.A. / PAT 2775847."
Another view of the tractor.
Minimal flaws on the tractor! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the back of the tractor and the Midge identification inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; window is a little wrinkled).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert for the tractor and this box is solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the insert and the front of the box.

Flatcar is numbered "6430" but with the inclusion of the tractor, Lionel changed the catalog number to "6431" -- which is stamped on the end flaps of the box.

A RARE and HIGH-QUALITY piece that is useful for the operator as well as the collector: additional "play value" is provided with the inclusion of the tractor and the clean flat and vans will look good on display. The box is extremely hard to find. Only the third 6431 we have ever had -- the last one was almost three years ago! This is the first time we have ever had the version with yellow vans!
6434 Poultry Car E+ Yes $ 60 Large, illuminated, stock car from 1958-59 also known as the "Chicken Car:" has a red-painted body with white lettering plus un-painted gray doors with black lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has repro doors plus some box rub in a few places plus some surface rust on the frame and door guides. It is a very clean car overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice inserts -- plus the lights do work!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car that always becomes an eye-catching item on layout!
6436
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 75 Red-painted LV open quad hopper from 1966: version without "NEW" date on the sides; has later AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6436-110" but only "6436" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the top edges, a small scratch inside by the spreader brace and a couple of weak numbers on one side. That's it for flaws; it is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

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

A sharp car with a very, very strong box! It is also only the second 6436-110 window box we have ever had for sale!
6446 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $160 Gray-painted N & W covered quad hopper from 1954-55 that was NEVER USED! Has black, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. The car is actually numbered "546446" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6446" in their service manuals. Has the original roof and hatch covers!
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering! Has the original inspection slip!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
An old price sticker provides a little history of this freight car: it was originally purchased from "Talbot's Toyland" -- a store that has been in business since 1953 and is located at 445 E. B Street, in San Mateo, California!

We have not had many gray "546446" N&W quad hoppers over the years and this one is sharp and it comes in one of the nicest 6446 boxes we have ever had! The car is a realistic-looking piece of rolling stock that will look great on a layout or on a display shelf!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 25 Maroon short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub and a couple of small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the inside.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6456 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 91 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6456's provenance including its design, development and history.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E+/OB Yes $ 55 A painted, DARK-tile red NYC long gondola with white lettering. Version from 1950-51 with the "N" in the second panel, brakewheels and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Comes with the correct original load of six (6) unstained large wooden drums.
An "aerial" view showing the drums and the inside of the car.
A few paint chips on the top edge of one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside). The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.
Another view of the box.

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

A very nice piece of rolling stock and the load is a major plus as it is often missing!
6464-75 Rock Island
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $225 A very nice early version of the Rock Island (type I) boxcar from 1953 that was NEVER USED: flat green body with gold lettering and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with vibrant paint and nice, crisp lettering! Has the original inspection slip.
Photo of the inspection slip and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears). What a box! It is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

One of the nicest early 6464-75 Rock Island boxcars we have ever had and in the nicest 6464-75 box we have ever seen!
6464-100 Western Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $325
SOLD
A silver-painted WP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has black lettering and a long yellow feather plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering, beautiful graphics and nice bright silver paint.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; scuffs; stains; tape inside). It is a solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

It is very, very hard to find silver cars in nice shape but this one is sharp and the box is presentable! We have had very, very few 6464-100 WP boxcars in collector-quality condition over the years and this one will be an upgrade for most collectors.
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar ======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $225
SOLD
A sharp "NYC Pacemaker" boxcar from 1954 that was NEVER USED! Version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. It has unpainted red, single-block doors, heat-stamped lettering without cedilla marks plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original inspection slip.
Photo of the inspection slip and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; "aged" look to the end flaps). This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
An old store price sticker on the box provides a little history of this set: it was originally sold by "Woodward & Lothrop" -- a department store chain headquartered in Washington, DC!

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 very attractive and prototypical-looking car in one of the nicest 6464-125 boxes we have ever had!
6464-325 B & O Sentinel
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $695
SOLD
The Baltimore & Ohio Sentinel boxcar from 1956 only: silver-painted body with an aqua-blue painted lower band; has both navy-blue & white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver roof. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with multi-block doors.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver, sharp graphics and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; stains; tears; creases; tape inside). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps plus it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

One of the nicest Sentinels we have ever had! The elusive B & O Sentinel is a one-year-only boxcar that is very, very difficult to find in collector-quality condition -- it is usually one of the last boxcars that a collector will acquire to complete the "6464 series."
6464-375 Central of Georgia
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $140 Maroon & silver boxcar (Type IV body) from 1966 only: has maroon & white lettering, interior roof ribs, no "built date" on the sides plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor factory imperfection in the catwalk from the molding process and that's it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant silver paint and nice graphics -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

A good-looking boxcar that is perfect for a layout.
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 85 A B & M boxcar from 1957-60: version with unpainted, medium-blue (type III) body with interior roof ribs, complete built date and unpainted black, multi-block doors. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock! It is also the first "Type III" Boston & Maine Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-500 Timken Boxcar ======
E++
Un-run
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Yes $160 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar that was NEVER USED! Later version from 1969 with a "type IV" body with a ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The body has a white-painted middle side band and black lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is stunning: very, very clean car with strong lettering and very nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

A sharp-looking car in a decent box.
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
VG Yes $ 90 D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58: version with "built date" plus metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted yellow body with silver painted roof and lower side bands with black heat-stamped lettering and black heat-stamped striping separating the yellow and silver.
Two views of the roof.
Both the roof and the sides have scratches and the usual discoloration associated with silver paint. The car is fairly clean overall with strong lettering and intact striping.

Not in collector-quality condition but this very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car is perfect for an operator. Note that the camera even gets fooled and the car is not quite as nice as the photos would indicate. It is the lowest-priced 6464-650 Rio Grande Boxcar we have ever offered for sale.
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $260 A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1961 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and middle AAR trucks.
Photo of the other side.
Has a tiny amount of box rub in spots and one small paint chip. That's it for flaws; it is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, sharp graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; stains; "period" writing). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! We have had very few 6464-700 "Picture" boxes over the years -- as they are much harder to find than the later window box from 1966!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, colorful piece of rolling stock in one of the nicest 6464-700 "Picture" boxes we have ever had!
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.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 95
SOLD
A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953-54 that was NEVER USED: 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.
Photo of the inspection slip and two "aerial" views of the car.
Some minor discoloration plus a little box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering & graphics, nice shiny silver and a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible! Has the original inspection slip.

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

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car is a very common item -- but not in this condition! It is a sharp-looking, prototypical car with a very nice box! It is also the first unused 6465 Sunoco Tank Car we have ever had for sale! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars in your collection.
6465 (-110) Cities Service
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $125 A green "CSOX" 2-dome tank car with white lettering from 1960: has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice lettering -- and it is all intact with no cracks or missing plastic!
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

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

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

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock for your layout and it is in a very strong box! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this hard-to-find car.
6468-25 New Haven
Automobile Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $195
SOLD
New Haven double-door boxcar from 1957-58: unpainted orange body with black and white lettering plus black doors. Version with half serif on large black "N" with white "H" below. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; minor scuffs). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! 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 brick-like box! The NH is much harder to find than its counterpart -- the blue 6468 B & O double-door boxcar.
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.
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
Load:
E+++

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

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

A sharp car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $150 REA Reefer from 1963 that was NEVER USED! It is the later (light-green) version with AAR trucks.
Photo of the other side.
Has dark-gold, heat-stamped lettering, functional "plug" doors and a silver control panel with simulated dials and a sliding cover.
A close-up of the unique control panel.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with very strong lettering, perfect decals and nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view.

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

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run

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

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

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

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The railroad boom in the late 1800's had a dramatic economic effect on virtually all of the existing industries -- from coaling, logging, oil and steel to retailing, construction, food, and farming. If it could be transported by horse-drawn wagon, it could be shipped quicker by the railroads. In later years, the railroads would become a favorite with the automotive industry and the military.

Lionel sold an extensive array of freight cars in the postwar era including the ever-popular boxcar, realistic stock cars, specialized refrigerator cars, all sorts of flat cars, dull (but practical) gondolas, useful hoppers, authentic-looking tank cars and the clever vat cars. Lionel's fantasy world offerings included the 3435 Aquarium Car, the 3376 Giraffe Car, the 6050 Savings Bank Car and the 6445 Mint Car.

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