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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: July 29, 2015

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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
X2458 Pennsylvania
Automobile Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $140 A gorgeous brown painted, metal, double-door P.R.R. boxcar with white lettering. Version from 1946-47 with no rivet below the "8" in "X2458" and without steps on the frame. The trim items include a brakewheel, black metal ladders on each side, a metal underframe sill and a plastic simulated air reservoir tank underneath. The car has staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering! It is one of the nicest X2458 boxcars we have ever had!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; scuffs; some dirt; "aged" look). A very presentable box that is square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Essentially a prewar carryover design, this nicely-detailed boxcar, with its embossed rivets & seams and die-cast ends & doors, is one of the most prototypical-looking items made in the postwar era! The 2458 is getting more and more difficult to find in collector-quality condition as are all of the early postwar items.
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
Ex/OB Yes $ 75 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 about to be being warned by the telltales.
Small (common) catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car. The flaws appears as "melt" marks on the roof. In addition, a few of the lines around the "WABASH" herald on one side are faded. Overall, the car is very clean with crisp lettering plus it has a nice rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view showing the Brakeman after he "hit the deck."
The car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view showing the Brakeman back on his feet.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 7+ original "outer" box (tears; stains; creases; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
A few flaws but this box is very presentable as it is square & sturdy plus it has all of the flaps -- and there is no tape anywhere!

Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet and hardware.
Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales and the original envelope (#3424-94) with instruction sheet (tears & folds) #3424-95 (dated 8/56) plus the "027" gauge & "O" gauge hardware for the poles.
Photo of the component box.
Includes a grade 7+ original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box is mildly distorted with some stains and minor creases but it is decent: clean, complete and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the component box.

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

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
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 with tab couplers. Has the original blue man.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has a little box rub and some minor nicks plus one door guide has a small amount of surface rust but minimal flaws on the rest of the car! Overall, it is sharp: very clean with nice lettering plus it lights and works great!
Photo of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet #3434-21 dated 8/59 (holes punched).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (one end is taped shut with an un-original end flap; some inner flaps came from other boxes; tears; creases; scuffs; lots of tape; "period" writing). In addition, technically it is the wrong box as the earlier 3434 came with a perforated panel box.
Another view of the box.
Despite the flaws, the box is very useful as it is clean and square plus thanks to all of the tape, it is very sturdy.

The box is so-so but the car is one of the nicest early version chicken sweeper cars we have ever had!
3456 Operating
N & W

Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 75 Special Norfolk & Western short hopper: black with white heat-stamped lettering plus spring-loaded, magnetically-operated bottom hatches. Earlier version from 1950-51 with corner braces and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a couple of surface scratches; that's about it for flaws. The car is clean overall with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the dumping mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; rips; loads of tape; writing; some dirt; mildly distorted). Not pretty but the box has both end flaps and it is sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
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.
3462 Milk Car Stand:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $195 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car! This one is the very first model of the operating milk car made by Lionel in 1947 & 48. It's an all-original, painted off-white reefer with black lettering plus it has aluminum doors, corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the car.
Some paint chips and box rub in spots and that's it for flaws; the car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the platform (milk stand).
Has an original 3462P milk stand. The milk stand is very clean with minimal flaws.
Another view of the platform.

Photo of the milk cans and the component box.
Has the original instruction sheet #3462-67 and the original seven (7) magnetized milk cans in the correct original 3462-70 component box which only has the reference to a 3462 milk car (grade 7 -- tears, tape & missing two inner flaps).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

The 3462 (and its box) are much harder to find in collector-quality condition than any of the later milk cars!
X3464 N Y C
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 60 Tan-painted New York Central System boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering: earliest version from 1949 with black metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws: the car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly! Has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28, dated 3-49 (tears; creases; discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; some stains; writing). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version and vintage of the X3464 NYC: it is an "Early Classic" box with "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 decent box.
3484-25 A. T. & S. F. Operating Boxcar Ex./OB Yes $140 Orange-painted Santa Fe operating boxcar: version from 1954 with a "type I" body plus white heat-stamped lettering, single-block doors and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus a couple of small paint chips and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the plunger mechanism works perfectly. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands. It is the larger figure indicating that this car was made at the end of the 1954 production year.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; price sticker residue). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3484-25 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp car that works well -- and it comes in a very strong box!

Price without the box: $115 plus shipping.
Two different versions of the 3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar:
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $225 Earliest production of the red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" operating boxcar: it is a VERY SCARCE variation from 1956 with only "B.A.R. on the left of each side of the car -- "3494-275" is not present. Has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub & small paint chips in places but nothing major. Some of the letters are not as white as they once were due to handling but that's about it for flaws. The car is still clean overall with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet (#3474-14, dated 2/56).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; some discoloration from age). Nice box: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!.
Another view of the box.

File photo showing a 3494-275 without the number and the common version.
Only the second time we have ever had this obscure variation of the State of Maine operating boxcar in collector-quality condition!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar ======
E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $195 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956 that was NEVER USED: 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 couple of small, light scratches on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (has tears & holes punched in it) plus the original inspection slip!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the inspection slip.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing a very small piece of one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; some stains; tape inside). A few imperfections but this box is square and sturdy!
Photo of the other end of the box.

A very colorful car in a solid box!
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(6151) Flatcar with
Range Patrol Truck
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Load:
E+++

Car:
E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $195 Metal flatcar with ORIGINAL Range Patrol Truck: this 1958-only car was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Version with yellowish-orange frame plus black, rubber-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo showing an "aerial" view of the truck and the flat's decking.
Load: the plastic "LIONEL RANCH" truck is sharp: very clean with crisp lettering and it is completely intact.
Close-up of the truck.
Flat: common paint loss in the creases of the steps plus a few scuffs on the decking. The car is rust free, very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Another view of the truck.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue; writing; lots of tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 6151 is an interesting piece of rolling stock that would fit a western theme on a layout. We have had very few 6151s with the yellowish-orange frame over the years and this one is nice!
Our Archives Page: more information on 6151 Range Patrol 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 flat finish on the broad orange bands.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
This prototypical-looking car is gorgeous: very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice graphics. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
An "aerial" view.

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

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

Go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6315 Tank Cars.
6342 NYC Gondola
with
Culvert Loader
===> ===> ===> If you are looking for an accessory that was specifically designed to work with a piece of rolling stock, we have a nice, boxed Culvert Loader for sale.
Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about a boxed, Culvert Loader.
6376 Circus Car E+/OB Yes $135 Large, 2-level "LIONEL LINES" stock car from 1956-57: has an unpainted white body with red heat-stamped lettering and a red-painted catwalk plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub on the catwalk and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

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

We have not had many Circus Cars over the years as they are not easy to find nice. This 6376 is sharp -- and it is in a very strong box!
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
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Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $295 One of the rarest versions of the ever-popular car carrier: has four red autos with gray bumpers. The correct flat has late AAR trucks and the number "6414" on the left.
Photo of the other side.
Both the flat and the metal superstructure are very, very clean with crisp lettering; the flat has rust-free truck support rivets and nothing is cracked or broken -- plus it was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 cars are all ORIGINAL and each one is completely intact with nothing broken or missing.
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original (picture) box (creases; tears; writing; scuffs; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy. It is also the correct box for the flat with AAR trucks and the load of four cars with gray bumpers!

It is a sharp piece from 1964-65 with four gorgeous cars and in a rare 6414 box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 95 Red flatcar from 1956-57 with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Vans: all original with minimal flaws -- very clean with nice signs! Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

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.

A sharp, prototypical car with a decent box!
6434 Poultry Car E+/OB Yes $ 95 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.
A couple of nicks on the roof plus a few small spots of surface rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice inserts!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (one end flap is faded; tears; creases; lots of tape; minor stains). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car -- and the lights do work!
6446-25 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E+/OB Yes $125
SOLD
A gray-painted N & W covered quad hopper from 1956-57: has black, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has repro roof end clips but minimal cosmetic flaws! It is a very clean car with strong lettering and the cover and hatches are original!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (stains; tears; creases; writing; wavy). A few flaws but the box is complete and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

Sharp, prototypical car that is not that easy to find. We have had many 6446 gray quad hoppers (numbered "546446" on the sides) and various black 6446-25 hoppers but this one is only the second gray 6446-25 we have ever had for sale!
Two different versions of the X6454 Southern Pacific Boxcar:
X6454 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++ Yes $110 Reddish-brown painted (9 1/4 inch) SP boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering and early SP herald: version from 1949 only with corner frame steps, painted metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- this car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

A scarce, prototypical-looking car in spectacular condition! It is also one of the harder cars from the "X6454 Series" to find.
X6454 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Reddish-brown painted (9 1/4 inch) SP boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering and late SP herald:
Photo of the other side.
Version from 1952 with plastic doors plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the roof.
Some box rub on a couple of roof ribs and a couple of very small paint chips. This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and vibrant paint.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scuffs; creases; lots of tape; "period" writing; "aged" look). Even with the imperfections, this box is presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct, "Early Classic" shorter box designed to accommodate the car with the trucks turned inward.
Another view of the box.

A nice prototypical-looking car in a decent box!
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6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 Tuscan-painted (type IV) boxcar from 1969 only: 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

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

Nice prototypical 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 $195 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 (tears; creases; glue residue; lots of tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Old store advertising stampings on the box provide a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by the "CROCKER ELECTRICAL SUPPLY & HARDWARE CORP." -- a shop once located at 128 Fulton Street in New York City.

A sharp, prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock in a 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 $160 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.
Minimal flaws! It is a sharp car: very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; some tape; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is still useful as it is complete and sturdy. It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for a 6464-275 from 1957-58.
Photo of the side with the stains.

Nice colorful and very attractive car with a decent box.
Two different versions of the 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar:
6464-300 Rutland Boxcar E++/OB Yes $195 The "Green Mountain Gateway" boxcar: has an unpainted yellow (Type IIa) body with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from 1955 with "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering and vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; erasure marks; lots of tape inside; discolored from age). Even with the flaws, this box is one of the better 6464-300 boxes from 1955 that we have ever had as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the Rutland.
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous and very photogenic car in a decent box.
6464-300 Rutland Boxcar E+ Yes $135 A later example of the "Green Mountain Gateway" boxcar: unpainted yellow body (Type IIb) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from 1956 with: "R" in the second panel, multi-block doors and heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor chip in one roof corner plus a little box rub flaws and that is it for flaws on this very photogenic piece! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

File Photo showing both the 1955 & 1956 versions of the 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar.

We have had very few Rutland boxcars from 1956 and this one is nice!
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6464-425 New Haven Boxcar Ex. Yes $ 75 A good-looking NH boxcar from early 1956: black (type IIb) body with half serif on top right corner of large "N." Has white, heat-stamped lettering and orange multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some rub marks and a few light surface scratches. The car is very clean overall with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

An inexpensive boxcar that is perfect for an operator but will also look good on a display shelf.
6464-515 M-K-T
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $875 An ORIGINAL boxcar from the Girls' Set -- the "KATY" from 1957-58. Pastel-yellow painted body on a dark-yellow mold with black heat-stamped lettering plus pastel-blue painted multi-block doors. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck & part of one end flap and that end is taped shut; creases; some dirt; tape inside). A very useful box even with the flaws as it is: fairly clean, square & sturdy. Not an easy box to find!
Another view of the box.

This car does not show up in the marketplace very often as a separate sale item; if you are trying to build an original Girls' Set or if you are trying to complete your 6464 boxcar series, this car will certainly help!
Two different versions of the 6464-650 Rio Grande Boxcar:
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $275 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.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice silver, sharp striping and crisp lettering.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; minor creases; lots of tape inside). A solid box: complete, clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct box for the early version of this car.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very strong box!
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135 D & R G W boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Yellow and silver with black lettering and a silver roof. Later (type IV) version with AAR trucks and no built date.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean car with nice, bright silver and sharp lettering.
Photo of the roof

Photo of the box
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; writing; window is wrinkled; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
This generic, over-labeled Hillside window box is still decent as it is clean & complete.
Photo of the front of the box.
An old price sticker and some writing on the box provide a little history of this boxcar: it was originally purchased on April 8, 1967 from the "Model Hobby Shop" -- a store located at 6129 W. Cermak Rd., in Cicero, Illinois!

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car!
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6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $185 A gorgeous jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963-64 that was NEVER USED! Has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors & 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 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

One of the nicest 6464-900 boxcars we have ever seen -- and it comes in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6465 Lionel Lines
2-dome Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 45 Orange 2-dome tank car with black lettering from 1963-66:
Photo of the other side.
Has black end caps and late AAR trucks with one operating coupler and one fixed coupler.
An "aerial" view.
A couple of surface scratches on one side and that's it for flaws! It is a very clean car with strong lettering and graphics plus the plastic is all intact with no cracks!

Note that the vast majority of the orange tank cars came unboxed in sets.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car E+/OB Yes $ 90 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of surface scratches on one end of the decking and that is about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering! Has the original truck supports, original stakes and original (intact) bulkhead ends!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; minor stains).
Another view of the box.
A very presentable box: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock for your layout and it is in a very difficult box is to find! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this hard-to-find car.
Two different versions of the 6472 Refrigerator Car:
6472 Refrigerator Car E++/OB Yes $ 75 All-original white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1950 -- the frame has corner steps plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with very crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside). A few imperfections but this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box from 1950 -- the longer style (measuring 10 1/4 inches) which is needed to accommodate the steps as the trucks cannot be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car. This one is very nice and it comes in a very presentable box!
6472 Refrigerator Car E+/OB Yes $ 35 A white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1951 without steps on the frame but with staple-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with strong lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; writing; stains; lots of tape inside). Despite the flaws, this box is still useful as it is complete, square, sturdy and fairly clean.
Another view of the box.
Correct box from 1951: it is the shorter style (measuring 8 1/2 inches long) which requires the trucks to be turned around in order for the car to fit inside the box.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car.
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6473 Horse Transport Car ======
E+++
Un-run
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Yes $ 65
SOLD
A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1965-66 that was NEVER USED! Also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the dark yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with maroon lettering. Has late 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.

Note that while a box does exist for the Rodeo Car, the 1965-66 version mostly came unboxed in sets.

Note: excluding coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car: 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). Do you have all four?
6475Libby's Vat Car Load:
E+

Car:
E+
Yes $185 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.
Photo of the other side.
The graphics on the vat decals are sharp with minimal flaws; the car is very clean with crisp lettering and intact steps plus a nice, rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Over the years, we have had many Pickles Vat Cars but very few of the Libby's Vat Cars! 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 E+++/OB Yes $ 95 A sharp vat car from 1960-62: tan with green heat-stamped lettering and a brown painted roof plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The four yellow vats have red and black markings.
Photo of the other side.
Gorgeous car! All of the vats are close to like new and the car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and very crisp lettering -- plus all four steps are intact and the frame is rust free!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; scrape on one end -- probably from a price sticker removal; lots of tape; writing; panel partially separated). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The box is so-so but the car is spectacular!
6555 Sunoco
1-dome
Tank Car
VG/OB Yes $ 65 A single-dome "S.U.N.X." tank car from 1949: has a silver-painted sheet metal body with Sunoco decals plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. It is the version with the large-letter "S.U.N.X." decal and without "GAS / OILS" on the Sunoco decal.
Photo of the other side.
Common decal chipping (mostly on one "SUNOCO" logo) plus some minor (very light) scratches and small rust spots. Overall, it is a clean, all-original car with nice railings and with a clean, rust-free frame that only shows a hint of bowing.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; small scrapes; mildly distorted; no insert). A few flaws but this box is clean, square & sturdy plus it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
The 6555 was sold in 1949 and 1950. However, this unusual overstamped/"Art Deco" box (which we have only had once before) dates this item as early 1949 production.

A realistic-looking piece of rolling stock that was the deluxe tank car of its era; it has many features that were eliminated by Lionel on later stripped-down tank cars including a die-cast frame with brakestand, placard holders and air brake plus ladders and wire handrails on the tank.

The 6555 does not show up for sale very often; this one is very presentable.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $110 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 and the lettering around it.
Minimal flaws -- the car is clean with sharp graphics!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; mildly distorted; tape inside). A decent box even with the flaws as it is clean, square & sturdy. It is also the correct "picture" box for this version of the 6572 reefer.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very presentable box!
6646 Stock Car ======
E+
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $160 A good-looking, small "LIONEL LINES" stock car that was NEVER USED! This 1957-only car has an unpainted orange body with black 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.
Very, very clean, with vibrant paint and strong lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; crayon marks; tape). Some flaws but this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 6646 is essentially the non-operating version of the 3656 Cattle Car. It is not an easy car to find and this one is sharp! Check your collection -- the car is very, very uncommon but the box is VERY SCARCE!
6656 Stock Car E+/OB Yes $ 40 A lemon-yellow stock car with black lettering from 1950-51: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws: the car is sharp -- very, very clean with nice, vibrant paint and crisp, near-perfect lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains). A few flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6656 stock cars are considered "common" as they came in many early sets but they are not that easy to find in collector-quality condition anymore! This piece is one of the nicest light-yellow 6656 stock cars we have ever had!
6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $135 Flatcar with ORIGINAL (brown) Boat from 1957 only: red flat has white lettering with "6801" on right, mold #6511-2 and metal trucks with tab couplers. Boat: brown deck and a white hull.
Photo of the other side.
Gorgeous piece: the flat is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering; the boat is equally as nice: very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks! Comes with a repro elastic tie-down.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (minor creases; small tears; stains; no inserts).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but it is a solid box: complete, square and very sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this version (metal trucks, brown boat) of the 6801.
Photo showing the stains on the box.

One of the nicest brown boats we have ever had on one of the nicest 6801 flats we have ever had! It is a very, very nice piece in a strong box!
6821 Flatcar with
Crates
Load:
LN

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $125 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white heat-stamped lettering from 1959-60: has early AAR trucks with operating couplers and comes with the correct load: a tan molded cargo piece simulating crates. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
Load is flawless and the car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and rust-free truck support rivets.
An "aerial" view showing the tops of the crates and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; small nicks; glue residue; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also a very, very hard box to find!
Photo of the front panel.

Nice car in a very presentable box! How often do you see this car? How often do you see the 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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