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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: November 19, 2019

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

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Postwar Lionel Freight Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $195 Large, illuminated, 3-level, brown stock car -- commonly called the "Chicken Sweeper Car." Earlier version from 1959-60 with metal trucks and tab couplers. Has the original gray man.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering plus it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; tape; punctures).
Another view of the box.
Despite the imperfections, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus it is the correct "Perforated Panel" style box for this version of the 3434.
Photo of the front of the box.

One of the nicest earlier chicken sweeper cars we have ever had -- and the 3434 always adds interest to a layout! The earlier 3434 is much harder to find than the one with AAR trucks. In addition, any 3434 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition as it is far less common than the non-operating 6434 Poultry Car.
3456 N & W
Operating
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 85 Special Norfolk & Western short hopper: black-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering plus spring-loaded and magnetically-operated bottom hatches. Version from 1954-55 with extra rivet detail on the sides plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few moisture spots in the paint inside and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the dumping mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

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

A sharp, prototypical-looking car -- perfect for a layout! Designed to work in concert with the 456 Coal Ramp but also available as a separate sale item.
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

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

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3656 Operating
Cattle Car
E+/OB Yes $ 95 Small, orange-painted stock car with white lettering from 1954-55: has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with nine (9) ORIGINAL cows. No corral or ramp -- just the car and cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice lettering and bright orange paint! Note that original cows work much better than the repros that have been made over the years!
Photo of the roof and the cows.

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

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

Stand:
VG
Yes $ 85 The large, operating milk car: version from 1956-57 with metal trucks and tab couplers (and with the "built date" on the sides). This "O-gauge" reefer has an unpainted white body with black heat-stamped lettering plus a brown roof and brown doors.
Photo of the loading/unloading side of the car.
Comes with the seven (7) clean, original, correct, non-magnetized milk cans.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct original milkman (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
Some surface rust on the metal door guides plus a scratch on one side and that's about it for flaws -- the car is completely intact and fairly clean with strong lettering.
Photo of the car's roof.

Photo of the milk cans and the platform.
Has the original milk stand (a few paint chips plus some rust and tarnishing of the deck). Has the usual flaws but it is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint.
Another view of the platform.
It is the correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Close-up of the platform's base underside showing the part number & Lionel identification.

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

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

Stand:
E-
Yes $325 The Corn Products operating "Bosco" car from 1959-60: has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. This large "O-gauge" unpainted-yellow reefer has brown heat-stamped lettering plus a brown roof and brown doors.
Photo of the car.
Comes with the correct, ORIGINAL seven (7) non-magnetized yellow BOSCO syrup cans.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct original milkman (with peach flesh-color painted face and hands).
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
Some surface rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is gorgeous; very, very clean with beautiful lettering and perfect decals!
Photo of the car's roof.
Has the correct, unique, original stand (platform) which is painted brown and dark yellow.
Photo of the BOSCO cans and the platform.
Has the common tarnishing of the metal tray plus some scuffs on the base. It is very clean overall -- one of the nicest Bosco car stands we have ever had!
Another view of the platform.

A sharp, photogenic, "action" car that works perfectly -- one that we do not get in very often!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3672 Bosco Cars.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $160
SOLD
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; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; minor writing). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy.
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.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E++/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.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

Car:
E/E+
OB
Yes $125 The ever-popular car carrier with four premium, multi-colored, (turquoise, red, white & yellow) autos. The flat has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the number "6414" is on the right.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust spots on the sides of the superstructure and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering on both the flat and the metal superstructure.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
Minimal flaws on the four cars! They are all original and each car is in excellent plus-plus (or better) condition as they are completely intact and very, very clean!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

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

A good-looking car loader with four of the nicest autos we have ever had! The box and the coupler rivets date this item as a 1956-57 car.
Two different versions of the 6415 Sunoco 3-dome Tank Car:
6415 Sunoco
Tank Car
======
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $125 A gorgeous silver, 3-dome tank car from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has blue lettering plus a black brakestand and late AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with five lines of data plus "6415" and "6600 GALS." on tank sides.
Photo of the other side.
Just spectacular: very, very clean with nice brilliant silver, crisp lettering and beautiful graphics! Nothing is cracked or broken: the overflow pipes and the steps on the frame are completely intact.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (scuffs; creases; writing).
Another view of the box.
The box is clean, complete, square & sturdy with a clean, clear window -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is the nicest 6415 Window Box we have ever had! It is also the correct box for this version of the 6415 Tank Car!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp, prototypical-looking tank car. It is an uncommon variation in an unusual box that is not easy to find.
(6415) Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 65 Silver, 3-dome tank car from 1953 with dark blue (almost black) lettering, silver brakestand and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with a second circle around the circled "L" of the Lionel logo plus "8000 GALS." & "TANK" (but without "6415") on the tank sides.
File photo showing the lettering on this car compared to another version of the 6415.
Common tarnishing of the metal railing plus some box rub on top. The flaws are minor and this car is very, very clean with bright silver, crisp lettering & nice graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $135 Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering (and mold #6511-2) from 1957 only that was NEVER USED! Has a load of two white Cooper-Jarrett vans.
Photo of the other side.
Flat is the very uncommon version with "6430" on right and early AAR trucks mounted on truck supports.
An "aerial" showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with nice, white lettering and a rust-free metal rack!
Photo of the fronts of the vans.
One van has a small chip in one of the side ribs and both vans have the factory glue showing near the roof line and areas where the plastic has yellowed slightly with age.
Photo of the backs of the vans.
The vans are clean overall and all-original.
Photo of the undersides of the vans.

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

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a very nice box!
6440 Flatcar
with
Piggy-Back
Vans
======
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $185 Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1961-63 with the correct load of two UNMARKED, GRAY VANS with SINGLE rear wheels, which are unique to this car! The flat has middle AAR trucks with dual operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of this car.
The flat is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp white lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck support rivets -- plus the car was NEVER ON TRACK! The vans are equally as nice: all original, very, very clean and completely intact!
Photo of the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor tears; creases; small scuffs). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is the nicest 6440 box we have ever seen!
Another view of the box.

Essentially a cost-reduced version of the 6430 as the 6440 does not have the metal retaining rack and Lionel did not even furnish elastic bands for the load so the intended retention was via gravity. In addition, the vans are rather austere -- single rear wheels and no signs or decorations whatsoever. However, it is a very unusual and good-looking car that we rarely have available -- and the box is extremely hard to find!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E- Yes $ 25 A black LV short hopper from 1952-53: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a couple of thin scratches on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two "aerial" views.

A realistic-looking freight car.
Two different versions of the maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper:
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 45 Maroon short hopper from 1954-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!
Photo of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; small stains). Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it has both end flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct box (with "RED HOPPER CAR" on the end flaps) for the maroon-painted LV hopper -- only Lionel knows why. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the maroon hopper.

The maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley was sold from 1948 to 1955 but the body type without corner braces, bar-end trucks, magnetic couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) and the box all help to date this car as 1954-55 production.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 45
SOLD
Maroon LV short hopper from 1952-53: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small scuffs plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue; tape inside; small section was "skinned"). Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct box (with "RED HOPPER CAR" on the end flaps) for the maroon-painted LV hopper -- only Lionel knows why. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the maroon hopper.

The maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley was sold from 1948 to 1955 but the body type without corner braces, bar-end trucks, magnetic couplers (without engraved knuckle tops) and all help to date this car as 1952-53 production. It is the correct car for a 1952 set or a 1953 separate sale item.

A very nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
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6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $110 A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6456-25" but only "6456" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few rub marks and some paint imperfections and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two "aerial" views.

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

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The gray hopper is much harder to find than the similar maroon or black ones of the same era.
Our Archives Page has more about gray 6456 LV Hoppers.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 45
SOLD
An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering. Version from 1951-53 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six large unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a gorgeous car: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and a rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside). A solid box: 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.

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car with a strong box and with the load that is often missing. The 6462 gondolas are common -- but not in this condition.
6464-100 Western Pacific
Boxcar
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $395
SOLD
A silver-painted WP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954 that was NEVER USED! Has black lettering and a long yellow feather plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One light scratch, a small amount of box rub plus a few very minor stains and that's it for flaws! This car is sharp -- very, very clean with crisp lettering, beautiful graphics and brilliant silver 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; stains). It is a SOLID box: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

Gorgeous car in a very, very strong box -- only the third unused 6464-100 WP boxcar we have ever had!
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar ======
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $225 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 9 original box (small tears; tiny puncture; scrape on one end probably from removing a price sticker). This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

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!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 A good-looking M. P. boxcar from 1957: version with an unpainted gray (Type IIb) body with royal-blue painted bands. Has the "Eagle" on left, leading "E" is 1/2 inch high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on each side, solid-yellow (multi-block) doors and no grooves in roof. Has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; glue residue). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150! This car will be an upgrade for many collectors.
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
======
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $225 Tuscan-painted (type IV) PRR boxcar from 1969 only that was NEVER USED! Later version with multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- one of the nicest 6464-200 boxcars we have ever had!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice, photogenic car in a brick-like box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E++ Yes $135 A sharp GN boxcar from 1966: has an olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs plus an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes with yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the body! Has a later chassis with (incorrect) early AAR trucks with operating couplers and that's about it for flaws on the whole car! (Can only be seen by turning the car upside down and observing the open journals.) It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and colorful, beautiful decals.
Photo of the roof.

A great-looking and very photogenic car with a shell that will represent an upgrade for many collectors.
6464-500 Timken Boxcar E++/OB Yes $225 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar: later version from 1969 with a "type IV" body with a ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The body has a white-painted middle side band and black lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips plus one muted (but readable) letter and that's it for flaws -- the car is sharp: very, very clean with very strong lettering and very nice graphics.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

A very, very attractive car and it is in one of the nicest 6464-700 window boxes we have ever seen!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $125 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.
Small chip on one end with a little white showing and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the end with the chip.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; scrapes; minor stains; mildly distorted). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The box is so-so but this car is sharp: very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 40 Silver 2-dome tank car from 1955: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" on the tank sides plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Close-up of the lettering showing the "6465" on the side.
A few scratches, some minor box rub and the railing is a little loose on one side at one end. The car is very, very clean overall with nice bright silver, beautiful lettering & sharp graphics; the frame has some very small paint chips but it is very, very clean and rust free.
Two "aerial" views.

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

Check your collection -- this is a very uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car ======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 95 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only that was NEVER USED: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering! Has the original truck supports, original stakes and original (intact) bulkhead ends!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (scrape on one end flap, probably from removing a price sticker; writing; small tears; minor creases; scuffs). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this one-year-only car.
6473 (-60)Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $110 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1969: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with dual operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
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Yes $185 A nice example of the uncatalogued "CRUSHED PINEAPPLE" Vat Car: unpainted blue body with white, heat-stamped lettering. Earliest version from 1963 with early AAR trucks and dual fixed couplers. This one has all four steps intact and it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Small scuff on one side of the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp, white lettering; the frame is also very clean with no rust. The graphics on the vat decals are sharp.
An "aerial" view.

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $140 A good-looking Pickle Car that was NEVER USED! Has a tan body with green heat-stamped lettering and a brown painted roof; it is the version from 1960-61 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers. The vats are yellow with red lettering plus black rubber-stamped simulated staves and hoops.
Photo of the other side.
The vats have the common factory imperfections in the graphics making them look realistic. The lettering is nice overall and all four vats are completely intact.
An "aerial" view.
A small amount of box rub in two of the roof corners and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus all four steps are intact and the frame is rust free!

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $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 middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car and boat.
The boat has a little of the usual factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield and completely intact!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo the bottom of the boat.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.

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

A sharp high-quality car in a very, very nice box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $135 A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: early version from 1954 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the car's sides and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering! Minimal flaws on the pipes! They are clean and intact! Has the original stakes and this car is one of the nicest 6511 Pipe Cars we have ever had!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

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

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators. It is harder to find than the later red versions and the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6556 M-K-T
Stock Car
E+ Yes $360 The "KATY" -- a large, 2-level stock car from 1958 only: has a painted red body with white doo5s plus white, heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some surface rust on the frame; minimal flaws on the body! The car is very clean with nice vibrant red paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

This item is the hardest postwar stock car to find and it has been over four years since we have had a 6556 KATY Stock Car -- in any condition!
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 40 A small painted lemon-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; minor writing; stains; lots of tape but mostly inside; glue residue). Various flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the shorter (non-"OPS") box, the absence of frame steps and the bar-end trucks all help to date this car as a 1953 item.

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car -- but not easy to find this nice.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $395 The earliest production ATSF reefer from 1954 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Has off-white sides with blue, heat-stamped lettering, brown doors, brown roof & bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers -- and it is the scarce version with three lines of data to the right of the door.
Close-up of the three lines of data.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel box cars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel.
The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice lettering. Has the original inspection slip.
Photo of the inspection slip and an "aerial" view of the roof.

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

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

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

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $ 95 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (dark-yellow over black) Airplane (with dark-yellow upper wing surfaces and black prop). Flat has white heat-stamped lettering, early AAR trucks and mold #6424-11 with "6800" on left and is the unusual version with 17 open deck holes.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with nice (rust-free) truck rivets and clean, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the flat and the top of the plane.

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

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

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6800 flat! It is a sharp car with a nice original load and a very presentable box!
6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 Flatcar with ORIGINAL (brown) Boat from 1957 only: red flat has white heat-stamped lettering with "6801" on right, mold #6511-2 and metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Boat: brown deck and a white hull.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: minimal flaws! It is a sharp car: very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
Boat: the hull has some very minor discoloration. The boat is very nice overall: very clean with a very clear windshield plus there is very, very little factory glue showing below the deck! Has a repro elastic tie-down band.

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

A good-looking piece in a decent box.

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

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

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