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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: October 21, 2014

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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
638-2361 Stokely-Van Camp's
"PORK & BEANS"
"Savings Bank"
Boxcar
E+++ Yes $ 45 An uncatalogued 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar (type IIb) with coin slot from 1962-64! Very attractive red, short-style boxcar with yellow & white heat-stamped lettering. Version with fixed-coupler arch-bar trucks.
Photo of the other side.
Gorgeous car -- very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering, sharp graphics and a clean, rust-free frame!
An aerial view

Why the odd catalogue number? Glad you asked. 638-2361 was actually Stokely-Van Camp's corporate office telephone number!
X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 75 A very nice PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1946-47: has brown-painted metal doors, corner steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few very small spots of discoloration in a couple of roof panels and that's about it for flaws. It is a sharp car -- very, very clean with nice crisp lettering and a rust-free frame!
An aerial view

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; tape; tape residue; small stains; no insert). A few flaws but this box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

These early boxcars are getting harder and harder to find nice. The 2454 Baby Ruth is considered to be a "common item" but not in this condition. We have not had a 2454 in collector quality condition in years!
X2758 Pennsylvania
Automobile Boxcar
VG/OB Yes $ 75 Here's an item that we have not had for sale in years: the brown painted, metal, double-door P.R.R. boxcar from 1945-46: the trim items include metal steps at all four corners, brown brakewheel, black metal ladders on each side, a metal underframe sill and a plastic simulated air reservoir tank underneath. The car has the correct "flying shoe" (staple-end) trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some moisture spots in the paint and some weak (but very readable) lettering. In addition, the white background for the PRR keystone is worn, especially on one side and one bulkhead is slightly warped. A few flaws but the car is clean overall with a nice rust-free chassis. In addition, the somewhat-delicate flying-shoe fiber boards are completely intact and the couplers work perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; some dirt; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is nice and square plus it has both end flaps.
Another view of the box.
The box (which is the correct one for this item) is numbered "2458" but the car is actually numbered "X2758" reflecting Lionel's hurry to assemble sets for Christmas, 1945. The "X2758" bodies were eventually depleted as set components in the outfits produced in 1946.

Essentially a prewar carryover design, Lionel either reused the prewar tooling or simply assembled these cars from prewar components. 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 X2758 is getting more and more difficult to find in collector-quality condition as are all of the early postwar items.
3356 Santa Fe
Horse Car Set
Car:
E+

Corral:
E-

OB
Yes $185 The "Horse Car Set" from 1956: the set includes a large operating stock car with both Santa Fe and Railway Express Agency markings:
Photo of the loading side of the car.
This "O" gauge size car is green with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some surface rust on one door guide and that's about it for on the car; it is very clean with nice crisp lettering and a rust-free frame!
Photo of the car's roof.
This good-looking action car works as designed: when energized, the ramp doors come down and the horses move through the runway inside.

Photo of the corral.
Includes a corral with the "original adjusting feet" which enables an operator to set the corral up for either "O" gauge track or "027" track. The runway has some "dig" marks (tiny indentations where the rubber "feet" from the horses interacted with the plastic); that imperfection has no effect on operation as the unit works perfectly and the corral is very clean overall and every fence section is intact! The corral measures 10 1/2 inches wide, 6 inches deep and 2 inches high.
An "aerial" view of the corral.

Photo of the instruction sheet, horses, component box, contactor and slide switch.
Has all nine original horses in the 3356-100 component box (grade 9 -- small tears), the original OTC contactor with adjusting clips, the original 364C slide switch and the original instruction sheet #3356-78 dated 9/56.

Photo of the box.
Comes in a grade 7 original box (tears; stains; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original elaborate insert (liner) and this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere.
Photo of the box insert.

Nice action car with a nice accessory! We have had very few 3356 sets in over the years!
3370 ===============
Western & Atlantic

Animated
Stock Car
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E+/OB Yes $ 95
SOLD
Operating Sheriff & Outlaw ("WELLS FARGO") stock car from 1961-64: dark-green body with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side with the Sheriff taking aim.
A few paint chips on each figure and the car body has a tiny chip on one end of the catwalk. That's it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame. The mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; dent; tape inside). A few flaws but this box is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #3370-17, dated 6-61 (discolored & wrinkled).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

One of the most interesting cars ever made by Lionel -- attractive, action packed and generally, problem free. This one is sharp and in one of the nicest 3370 boxes we have ever had! If you like the "Old West" or if your layout has a western theme, this car will be a great addition to your collection.
Our Archives Page: more on 3370 Sheriff & Outlaw Cars.
3424 Operating
Brakeman Car
E+/OB Yes $ 50 The Wabash operating boxcar with the BLUE brakeman from 1956-58: light-blue with white heat-stamped lettering and white doors plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the car showing the fearless brakeman on the catwalk.
Some rust spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the other side showing the brakeman "hitting the deck!"
It is a very clean car with nice lettering -- and it works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the roof.
Has the correct truck for this version of the Brakeman Car: Lionel generally followed the practice of putting a blue pickup shoe on a car with the blue man and a white pickup shoe on a car with the white man.
File photo showing a truck with a blue pickup shoe & one with a white shoe.
The blue man version of this car is not as common as the one with the white man.

Photo of the instruction sheet, component box, telltales and hardware.
Has the instruction sheet #3424-95, dated 8/56 (tears, creases, tape) and the original 3424-100 component box containing the "Low Bridge Signal Set" (two telltales with two base plates plus the "027" & "O" gauge blades). The base plates have some surface rust but it does not affect assembly or operation. The "027" track blades are repro items.
Photo of the component box.
Grade 7 component box (stains; tears; tape inside; "aged" look). The box is complete, fairly square & sturdy.
Another view of the component box.

Photo of the box.
Comes in a grade 6 original (outer) box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; lots of tape; mildly distorted; "period" store price stamping; "aged" look; no insert). A laundry list of imperfections but the box is fairly clean plus it does have both end flaps; it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.

A rather ingenious car that works very well and provides some action: the brakeman stands on the catwalk 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.
3428 Operating
United States
Mail Car
Ex./OB Yes $160 The U. S. Mail operating Boxcar! This 6464-style boxcar with early AAR trucks has a type IIb body on a gray mold. The very-colorful (and in my opinion, very under-rated) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar was sold from 1959-60.
Photo of the other side.
Some discoloration in a few of the catwalk squares plus a few paint chips and some box rub. That's about it for flaws and overall this car is very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and it works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.
Has an original BLUE mailman with a repro gray mailbag.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing a small piece of the perforated panel; tears; creases; scuffs; lots of tape).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

The operating version of the US Mail Car is much harder (by far) to find than the 6428 non-operating Mail Car and we have only had a handful of 3428 boxcars (in any condition) over the years.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E+/OB Yes $110 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from 1957-59: has a molded-red body with white heat-stamped plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean car with gorgeous lettering and nice original figures plus it is rust-free and it works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; stains). This box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, all-original car in a brick-like box! This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It's realistic, prototypical and a great source of amusement on a layout!

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 popular magazine just 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.
X3464 A. T. & S. F.
Operating Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 50
SOLD
Orange-painted Santa Fe boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering; version from 1949 with steps on the frame, chemically-blackened metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. Has the correct original man (with painted hands and face) -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 3/49.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape on one end flap; lots of tape inside; scuffs). The box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version and vintage of the X3464 Santa Fe: 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! It is a harder-to-find variation with a hard-to-find box with the right instruction sheet!
3484-25 A. T. & S. F. Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $140
SOLD
Orange-painted Santa Fe operating boxcar: version from 1954 with a "type IIa" body plus white rubber-stamped lettering, single-block doors and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub plus a couple of small paint chips and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice 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 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; "aged" look; "period" price stamp). 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.

This car is one of the nicest rubber-stamped 3484-25s we have ever had!
3494-150 Missouri Pacific
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $275
SOLD
A gorgeous M. P. boxcar from 1956 only: unpainted gray body (Type IIb) with royal-blue painted bands and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (tears stains).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; some dirt; "aged" look). Nice box: complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

~~ A sharp, very colorful car with a solid box! The 3494-150 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition and one guidebook suggests that it is almost as hard to find as the Monon and Soo operating boxcars.
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+/OB Yes $160 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956-57: version with a Royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Two ladder rungs are chipped and that's about it for flaws! The white center bands on this car are the cleanest ones we have ever had! Overall, the car is very, very clean with crisp 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 (has tears & holes punched in it).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

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 photogenic car with nice vibrant colors in a solid box!
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6014 Bosco
Boxcar
======
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $ 40 Red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from 1958 only: has the correct chassis with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Gorgeous car: very, very clean with beautiful lettering -- and it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases). A very presentable box: clean, complete, square & fairly sturdy. It is also the correct "Late Classic" style box for the Bosco boxcar. A label on the box provides a little history of this particular boxcar -- it was once sold by Madison Hardware of New York City!
Another view of the box.

Nicest red Bosco 6014 Boxcar we have ever had!
6024 Pennsylvania
Shredded Wheat
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 45 Orange PRR Nabisco Shredded Wheat 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering: version from late 1957 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp-looking boxcar: all intact and very clean with gorgeous lettering and a nice, rust-free frame!
An "aerial" view.

A rather uncommon piece of rolling stock!
6035 Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 25 Unpainted-gray Sunoco 1-dome tank car with black lettering and a tri-color logo from 1952-53.
Photo of the other side.
Lettering is a little muted (but very readable) and that's about it for flaws; it is very clean with nice graphics plus it's all intact with no cracks!
An "aerial" view.

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

The 6035 is the successor to the 1005 tank Car; the trucks on a 6035 are Scout-type (with plastic side frames) but have magnetic couplers and hence collectors often refer to pieces of rolling stock with those "hybrid" trucks as "semi-Scout" cars. Although not a rare car, it is a little difficult to find a boxed 6035 in nice condition these days. This one is very presentable -- and it's in a very nice box!
6142
(-85)
Gondola Load:
LN

Car:
MINT/
OB
Yes $ 75
SOLD
Here is an odd one: a blue "LIONEL" short gondola with white lettering from the '60s that was NEVER USED! Has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler. Comes with the correct load of two ORIGINAL unmarked, white canisters.
Photo of the other side.
The car is spectacular -- very, very clean and the lettering is superb!
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.
The canisters are 100% intact and clean!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original (perforated panel) box (price sticker residue; scuffs; tears; creases; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and the panel is almost 100% intact plus the push tab is there!
Photo of the perforated panel.

Now for the story: the blue 6142 Gondola was catalogued by Lionel as "6142-75" and came with red canisters. This one has white canisters and the box was over-labeled as "6142-85" but no documentation exists in the guidebooks. Lionel was in a cost-saving mode in the late '60s and used generic boxes whenever possible. It would also appear that the "-85" suffix indicated that the car would have white canisters. The car is gorgeous and this inexpensive item is certainly an interesting addition to any collection!
6162
(-1)
New York Central
Gondola
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Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $ 75 A light-blue long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering from 1960-61 that was NEVER USED! Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
has the correct load of three unmarked white canisters.
An "aerial" view of the inside of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Minimal flaws! The car is spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; panel partially separated; writing).
Another view of the box.
A very presentable box: clean, square & sturdy! We have never had this box before: it is a "-1" perforated panel box that was used in promotional sets of the early 60s.
Photo of the front panel of the box.

Sharp car in a very unusual and very hard-to-find box!
6315
(-60)
Chemical
Tank Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $ 60
SOLD
Unpainted-orange "LIONEL LINES" (not "GULF") tank car from 1963-66 that was NEVER USED! Has late 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 handrail has some oxidation and that's it for flaws! The car is sharp: all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape inside). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous car in a very, very nice box!
6376 Circus Car E+/OB Yes $125 Large, 2-level "LIONEL LINES" stock car from 1956-57: has an unpainted white body with red heat-stamped lettering and red-painted catwalk plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It's a very clean car with crisp lettering and nice vibrant red paint.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; tape; tape residue; stains; "period" writing). A solid box even with the flaws as it is complete, square and sturdy!
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 one of the nicest ones we have ever had for sale -- and it is in a very presentable box.
Two different versions of the 6414 Auto Loader:
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E/E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $135 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 both the flat and the metal superstructure! The car is very clean with sharp lettering. There is no rust and nothing is cracked or broken.
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 (the white car's body has some dirt and the body of the red car has some glue residue). Each car is completely intact and in excellent or better condition!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original ("Middle Classic") box (tears; creases; some dirt; tape; "aged" look). The box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very nice auto loader in a presentable box! The box and the couplers date this item as a 1955 car.
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+
Yes $110 One of the most uncommon versions of the ever-popular car carrier: this one is from 1964-66 and has four light-red autos with gray bumpers. Has the correct (light-red) flat with late AAR trucks and the number "6414" on the left.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and small surface rust spots on the metal superstructure and that's about it for flaws. The flat is very, very clean with sharp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 cars are ORIGINAL and each one is close to "Like New!"
Photo of the front & back of all four autos.

Only the third time we have ever had this version of the auto loader. It is a sharp piece with four gorgeous cars!
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6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $110 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.
Some box rub and the usual discoloration associated with silver paint plus the metal handrails are tarnished. Overall, it is a clean car with even silver paint, crisp lettering & sharp graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
An "aerial" view.

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

A prototypical car in a very presentable box! The 6425 is one of only two triple-dome tank cars made by Lionel in the postwar era and it is much harder to find than its 6415 (Sunoco) counterpart.
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $110
SOLD
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, 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 8+ original box (tears; creases; minor stains). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car with a spectacular box!
6434 Poultry Car E++/OB Yes $ 85 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 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 (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; lots of tape; "period" writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car -- and the lights do work!
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 75 A black-painted LV open quad hopper: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; some dirt; tape inside; minor creases). A few imperfections but this box is still solid as it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
The black 6436 LV hopper was catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the coupler pins and the "Middle Classic" box help to date this car as a 1955 item.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock in a very presentable box!
6446-25 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E++/OB Yes $110 Black-painted N & W covered quad hopper from 1955: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the original roof and hatch covers!
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub in places and that is it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice, crisp white lettering.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck on one end flap & the nearby interior coupler flap and that end is taped shut; missing small pieces of the box; tears; creases; writing; loads of tape). Lots of flaws but the box is clean, square and fairly sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage and can serve as placeholder until a better one comes along.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock that will look great on a layout or on a display shelf!
X6454 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 The tan-painted New York Central boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering: this 1948-only boxcar has brown-painted metal doors plus corner steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some worn letters and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with vibrant paint and intact steps! It is one of the nicest tan-painted 6454 NYC boxcars we have ever had!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; scrapes; "aged" look). The box has some flaws but it is clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct, long box to accommodate the steps; it is also an "Early Classic" box with "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on it.

Check your collection; it is not an easy car to find in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!
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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Three different versions of the 6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper:
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 60
On
HOLD
A gorgeous black LV short hopper with white lettering: version from 1952-55 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with nice crisp lettering -- and it was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; some discoloration; tape). Some flaws but this box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

This realistic-looking car is one of the nicest black LV hoppers we have ever seen!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+++/OB Yes $ 55
On
HOLD
Maroon short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: very, very clean car with nicer vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; minor dirt; "aged" look). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very, very strong box!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 60
On
HOLD
A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; scuffs; some dirt & discoloration; loads of tape; tape residue; "period" writing). The box has lots of flaws but it is the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper plus it is square and sturdy -- it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the 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.
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6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 40 A painted-black NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering: version from late 1949 with a type I body containing three lines of weight data and a complete built date plus metal frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Comes with the ORIGINAL load of six (6) unstained large wooden drums; the drums have two hoops plus top and bottom rims. One of the drums has some stains.
Photo of the drums and an "aerial" view of the car.
Common paint loss on two of the metal frame tabs (can only be seen by turning the car upside down) but overall the frame is very clean with no rust and the steps are all intact! Minimal flaws on the body; it is very, very clean with nice lettering.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps plus a small piece of the box; tears; creases; writing; erasure marks). A presentable box even with the imperfections as it is fairly clean, square and study.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct larger box (with no suffix) for this car.

The cars from the late '40s are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition and in particular, the painted-black 6462 with steps is not an easy one to locate!
6462
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 75 A green NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a "type IIa" body mold from 1955: has the "N" in the 3rd panel plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean car with nice lettering and minimal flaws. Has the correct load of six stained small barrels.
View of the inside of the car and a close-up of the barrels.

Photo of the box.
Correct (grade 7) original "-25" box (missing the tuck on one end and that end is taped shut; missing the interior coupler flap on the other end; scrapes; minor creases). A few flaws but this hard-to-find box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
The green 6462 gondola was made from 1954-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "6462-25" on the four long sides) plus the body mold, placement of the "N" in the 3rd panel, couplers and the load all help to date this car as a 1955 item.

One of the nicest green gondolas we have ever had with a strong box and with the load that is often missing.
6464-25 Great Northern Boxcar Ex./OB Yes $125
SOLD
Orange G.N. boxcar from 1953-54: semi-gloss version with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint chips plus box rub in spots but nothing major. The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice graphics!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6464-75 Rock Island
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $110 A sharp R.I. boxcar from 1969 that was NEVER USED! Later (type IV) version with ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The car is green with gold lettering plus it has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp -- very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original (HILLSIDE) box (end flap tuck tears; other tears; small punctures; scuffs; tape; some discoloration; a little wavy). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-75.
Another view of the box.

Just a very nice car in a decent box.
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $195 A gorgeous M. P. boxcar from 1957 that was NEVER USED! Version with unpainted gray body (Type IIb) 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 tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

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

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150!
6464-175 Rock Island
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $235 A Rock Island boxcar from 1954-55: silver (type I) body with blue lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo: the other side
Just some box rub and light scratches plus the normal discoloration in spots associated with silver paint and that is it for flaws! It is a very clean car with strong lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7+ original box (tears; tape inside; stains; minor writing). A few imperfections but the box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very attractive car with fairly bright silver and no major flaws and in a very strong box!
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $160 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 clean with vibrant paint, strong lettering and sharp graphics.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; dent; tape inside; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
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.

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

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-350 M-K-T Boxcar E+/OB Yes $225 Tuscan-red, painted "KATY" boxcar from 1956 only: version with unpainted dark cherry doors. Has white lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of chipped numbers in the weight data section on one side and that's about it for flaws. Overall this car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; minor writing; minor creases; some dirt; one small scuff). A few flaws but the box is very presentable as it is square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

We do not get many "KATY" boxcars as this one-year-only freight car is not easy to find. This car is sharp and the box is very, very hard to find!
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.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant silver paint and nice graphics -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; store price sticker).
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 very high-quality, colorful car -- and in one of the nicest "6464-375" window boxes we have ever seen!
6464-425 New Haven
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 An early version NH boxcar from 1956: black-painted (type IIb) body with full serif on top right corner of large "N." Has white, heat-stamped lettering and orange multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws: the car is very clean with very nice lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing a small piece of one interior coupler flap; tears; scuffs; minor dirt; "aged" look). A solid box: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a strong box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+++/OB Yes $140 A gorgeous GN boxcar from 1966: olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs: has an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes plus yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering. Has late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very, very clean car with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and colorful, beautiful decals.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 8+ original window box (minor tears; creases; small scuffs; price sticker remnants).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy with a clear window that has minimal flaws -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the window.

A very high-quality, photogenic car -- in one of the nicest "6464-450" window boxes we have ever seen!
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!
6464-725 New Haven
Boxcar
Ex./OB Yes $ 60 A sharp NH boxcar from 1963-64: version with medium-orange body and black, heat-stamped high-gloss lettering plus unpainted black, multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and minor paint chips plus the frame has some light oxidation. It is a clean car overall with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Grade 6 original box (repro inner flaps on one end; tears; creases; scrapes; writing; glue residue; tape inside). Lots of flaws but the box is square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the box.
An old store price sticker provides a glimpse of the history of this boxcar: it was originally sold by Treasure House Hobbies, a store located at 236 W. Liberty Street in Wooster, Ohio!
Another view of the box.
Note that this is the correct box for the orange 6464-725 New Haven boxcar as Lionel had erroneously printed all boxes as "6464-735" for this car and never corrected the mistake.

A nice-looking boxcar -- and look at our price for this piece!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $125 Jade-green painted (type IV) NYC boxcar from 1966: has interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering and AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A small scuff mark on one of the roof panels plus some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! The car very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; window is wrinkled and a little dirty; writing and erasure marks on one end flap; store price stamping on both end flaps).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this box is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car E++/OB Yes $125 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is nice: 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 8 original box (tears; minor stains; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: complete, 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 strong and very difficult box is to find! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this hard-to-find car.
6468 (X)Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $575 The Tuscan version of the B & O Automobile boxcar from 1953-55: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6468X" but only "6468" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub on a couple of catwalk ribs and that is about it for flaws. It is a gorgeous car: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint & crisp lettering -- plus it was NEVER USED! Has the original inspection slip!
Photo of the inspection slip and an "aerial" view of the car.
Very unusual to find an unused item from the early 50s! This car is a very high-quality piece that will result in an upgrade for most collectors.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+original box (tears; creases; tape on the inside; minor writing). It is a solid box: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "X" box for the Tuscan version of this car.
Another view of the box.

It is a sharp-looking and rather RARE piece -- the nicest Tuscan B&O we have ever had and in one of the nicest 6468X boxes we have ever had!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.
6472 Refrigerator Car E+/OB Yes $ 90 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.
Some scratches on the frame underside and a couple of weak (but very readable) letters in the data section on one side. The flaws are minor and the car is sharp: very, very clean with very nice lettering overall!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; store stampings). A few flaws but this box is square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere. 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 old store advertising stampings provide a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by Treasure House, a famous store that was located at 27 Passaic Street in Garfield, NJ!

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car. This one is nice and it comes in a very presentable box!
Two different versions of the 6572 Railway Express Agency Refrigerator Car:
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
E++/OB Yes $260 REA Reefer from 1958-59: it is the harder-to-find early version with a dark-green body plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
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.
A very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice graphics!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (creases; minor tears; glue residue; tape inside; store price stamping). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct, ("Late Classic") box for this version of the 6572.
Another view of the box.

A nice, prototypical car in a very, very hard-to-find box! This car is sharp -- and in one of the nicest 6572 "classic" boxes we have ever had! This reefer is much harder to find than the light-green 1963 reissue with AAR trucks that came in a later-style picture box.
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! This one 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.
Correct, original (picture) box is a grade 7 (tears; creases; scuffs). The box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a strong box!
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6656 Stock Car E+/OB Yes $ 60 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!

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