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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
X3464 A.T. & S.F.
Operating Boxcar
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Orange-painted Santa Fe boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering: version from early 1950 with steps on the frame, black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some box rub and a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus all four corner steps are intact. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands plus the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; puncture; stains; tape inside; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box.
It is the correct, longer-style box to accommodate the steps; it is also a "Middle Classic" box from 1950 (with "3464-26" printed on one tuck flap).
Another view of the box.
An old store advertising sticker on the box provides a little history of this hopper: it was originally sold by "Madison Hardware" -- the most famous retailer of Lionel trains whose establishment was located at 105 E. 23rd St., in New York City!
A third view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3484-25 A. T. & S. F. Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $145 Orange-painted Santa Fe operating boxcar: version from late 1954 with a "type I" body plus white rubber-stamped lettering, single-block doors and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with strong 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.
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet (#3474-14, dated 11/54 (missing small pieces, tears, creases, discolored, tape on the back).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, 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-looking car that works well -- and it comes in a very presentable box!
3494-1 New York Central
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $195 Red and gray NYC boxcar with white lettering from early 1955: version with unpainted red body plus a gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Has rubber-stamped lettering and unpainted red, single-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A small chip in one of the roof ribs and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with superb lettering -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original (large) man with painted face and hands.
Two views of the roof.

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

A sharp car that works well -- and it comes in a very presentable box. This one-year-only item is not easy to find nice and it has been over six years since we have had a boxed 3494 NYC operating boxcar for sale!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

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

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3494-550 Monon
Operating Boxcar
E+++ Yes $525 A maroon & white Hoosier Line operating boxcar (with maroon body mold) from 1957-58: has white & maroon, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers and it is the version with the built date on both sides!
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with nice lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the plunger mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Sharp car!

Note that this car represents the only instance of the Monon road name being used by Lionel in the postwar era as there is no "6464" counterpart. We have had very few Monon boxcars over the years; it is a scarce piece that is very difficult to find -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Soo) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
3494-625 Soo Line
Operating Boxcar
E+++ Yes $525 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with nice lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the plunger mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Sharp car!

Note that this car represents the only instance of the Soo Line road name being used by Lionel in the postwar era as there is no "6464" counterpart. We have had very few Soo Line boxcars over the years; it is a scarce piece that is rather difficult to find in nice shape -- it is usually one of the last boxcars (along with the Monon) that a collector will acquire to complete the "operating boxcar series."
Our Archives Page: more information on 3494-625 Soo Line Boxcars.
6014 Wix Boxcar See Notes Yes $110
SOLD
The RARE, uncatalogued, 8 1/2 inch WIX "plugged door" boxcar from 1959 only:
Photo of the other side.
Cream colored version; has red lettering and early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the end that is intact.
Two small black marks on one side plus both catwalk ends are gone and there is a hairline separation in one corner.
Photo of the other end.
Overall, the car is decent -- sharp lettering and nice even color!
Close-up showing the separation.
Note that the close-up photo makes the separation very visible but that flaw is hard to see from a few feet away.
Photo of the roof.

Our preference is to offer high-quality (excellent plus or better) pieces but it has been over seventeen years since we have had a Wix boxcar for sale! It was a component of only one uncatalogued set and it is a very, very hard car to find in any condition and despite the flaws, this car is presentable.
6044 Airex
Boxcar
VG Yes $ 15
SOLD
Medium-blue 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white & yellow lettering from 1959-61: has arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few stains on one side plus some weak (but very readable) lettering. Completely intact and clean overall.
Photo of the roof.

Just an inexpensive piece of rolling stock that is over 60 years old!
6050 Libby's
Boxcar
E++ Yes $110
SOLD
A very nice example of the Libby's Tomato Juice "plugged-door" boxcar: has an unpainted-white body, red & blue heat-stamped lettering (with green, red & blue graphics) plus a coin slot in the roof. It is also the later version from 1963 with arch-bar trucks and fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
An "aerial" view.

Lionel developed this car (along with the 6475 Crushed Pineapple Vat Car) to promote Libby products. This uncatalogued "savings-bank" type boxcar is not an easy item to find.
6162-60 Alaska
Railroad
Gondola
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Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
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Yes $160 A colorful ALASKA long gondola that was NEVER USED! This 1959 only freight car has an unpainted yellow body with dark-blue (almost black) lettering and early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct load: three ORIGINAL red canisters with white lettering.
A close-up of the lettering on the canisters.
Car: just gorgeous! The body is very, very clean with spectacular lettering and nice shiny truck rivets. Load: the canisters are very, very clean with very strong lettering and completely intact -- no cracks and nothing is broken!
A photo of the tops of the canisters and an "aerial" view of the car.

A sharp-looking, photogenic, high-quality car! It is also the first un-run 6162-60 Gondola that we have ever had for sale!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6162-60 Alaska Gondolas.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $110 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. Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Photo of the other side.
Minor rust on the platform and ladders plus the usual tarnishing of the railings and that's about it for flaws! This prototypical-looking car is completely intact and very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
An "aerial" view.

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

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; "aged" look; "period" price stampings).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
A third view of the box.

A good-looking piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6404Flatcar with Auto Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Yes $125
SOLD
General-style flatcar from 1960 only with its correct load: an ORIGINAL yellow auto with gray bumpers.
Photo of the other side.
The unpainted black flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus truss rods and arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.
The truss rods have a little rust and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets!
Photo of the front & back of the auto.
The auto has some surface scratches and a little glue residue on the bottom; it is very clean with a very clear windshield and very clear windows all around plus it is completely intact.
Photo of the bottom of the auto.

Only the second 6404 flat we have ever had! It is a very scarce item!
6415 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 45 A silver, 3-dome tank car from 1964-66: has blue lettering plus a black brakestand and late AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with five lines of data plus "6415" and "6600 GALS." on tank sides.
Photo of the other side.
Common tarnishing of the railing and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with nice even silver, crisp lettering and beautiful graphics! Nothing is cracked or broken: the overflow pipes and the steps on the frame are completely intact.
Two "aerial" views.

A prototypical-looking tank car that will look good on a layout or display shelf.
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
Good/VG

Car:
VG
Yes $ 35
SOLD
A "Twin Auto Car:" black flatcar from 1958-59 with original "premium" automobiles (one red, one white). The flat has early AAR trucks mounted directly on the frame (mold #6511-2) and "6424" on left.
Photo of the other side.
Red auto: front bumper is discolored, left rear bumper end is missing and the trunk has some discoloration. White auto: some discoloration in spots (primarily on the hood).
An "aerial" view of the flatcar and the roofs of the autos.
Flat: a few scratches, some rust on the metal parts of the trucks (which can only be seen by turning the car upside down) and some paint loss on the metal rack. The flat is clean overall with strong lettering plus all four corner steps are intact.
Photo showing the front and back of both cars.

A perfect layout item!
6428 United States
Mail Car
E++ Yes $ 65
SOLD
The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1965-66: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has late AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.
The 6428 was also available in 1960 and 1961 and 1965 but the car's trucks (with open journal boxes) help to date this piece as an item sold in 1965 or 1966.

A sharp-looking car!
6434 Poultry Car E++/OB Yes $125 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.
Minor rust spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice inserts!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; lots of tape inside; glue residue). The box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great, colorful car for a layout as the lights do work!
6446-25 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E+++/OB Yes $125 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.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with spectacular lettering and the cover and hatches are original!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (piece missing from one end flap; tears; tape; glue residue; "aged" look in some spots).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
The box has a few flaws but it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the rest 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 we have had very few gray 6446-25 Hoppers over the years!
X6454 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 75 Tuscan-painted (9 1/4 inch) boxcar with white letters: 1950-51 version with plastic doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean car with strong lettering!
Two views of the roof.
A sharp, prototypical-looking car.
6456
(-75)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $495 The ENAMEL RED LV Hopper from 1954 only: the most colorful short hopper produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Has attractive yellow lettering which really stands out against the glossy red paint. Has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a couple of light surface scratches on one inner wall plus a paint chip nearby on the top edge and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Two views of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tear on the front that was repaired plus some minor tears; creases; glue residue; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
This very-hard-to-find box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "6456-75" box for this version of the Lehigh Valley hopper!
Photo showing the long tear on the front of the box.

It has been over seven years since we have had an enamel-painted 6456 hopper in collector-quality condition! This photogenic car is very difficult to find and it is extremely hard to find this nice -- and the correct ("-75") box rarely shows up for sale! The striking paint combination of yellow on bright red makes it one of my favorite postwar pieces. This enamel-pained hopper is one of the nicest ones we have ever had and it's in a fairly strong box!
6462 New York Central Gondola ordered by Randy M:
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 30 An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering: version from 1951-53 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six large original unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and a rust-free frame.
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; writing; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.
Another view of the box.

The black 6462 NYC gondola was sold from 1949 to 1956 but the lettering, frame type, trucks, couplers (with plain knuckle tops and with black pins) plus the "Middle Classic" box all help to date this car as 1951-1953 production.

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car with a load that is often missing.
6464
(-50)
Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 A Tuscan-painted M & St. L boxcar from 1954: has a "type I" body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6464-50" but only "6464" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips and some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scrapes; stains; some dirt; glue residue). It is a solid box: clean overall, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The 6464-50 M & St. L Boxcar was sold from 1953-1956 but the engraved magnetic couplers and the "Middle Classic" box help to identify this boxcar as a 1954 item.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very presentable box!
6464
(-75)
Rock Island
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 A sharp R.I. boxcar from 1969: later (type IV) version with ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The car is green with gold heat-stamped lettering plus it has bar-end metal trucks (incorrect earlier style) with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One very light scratch on one side and that's it for flaws on the body! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and with lettering that just sparkles! The car is much nicer than what the photos show.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original (HAGERSTOWN) box (tears; creases; tape inside; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
The box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-75!

A good-looking car in a very strong box!
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E+ Yes $135 Unpainted yellow body (Type IIa) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from early 1955 with: "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A light scratch on one side and a couple of small factory paint imperfections on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

A sharp-looking freight car -- one of the nicest early-version Rutland boxcars we have ever had!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E++ Yes $ 90 A GN boxcar from 1966: has an olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs plus an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes with yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering. Has late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very small chip in the roof hatch on one end and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Two views of the roof.

A great-looking and very photogenic car!
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $275
SOLD
A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering! The car was never run but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed the car on a piece of track.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (creases).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus the window is intact -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct style box for this version of the 6464-700.
Photo of the front of the box.

Just a gorgeous car in a gorgeous box! It will be hard to find a nicer 6464-700 and it will be very, very hard to find a nicer 6464-700 window box!
6464-725 New Haven
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $175 A sharp NH boxcar from 1964-65 that was NEVER USED: 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.
A scratch in the "N" and another one in the "H" on one side and that's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; creases; "period" writing). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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.
Photo of the front of the box.

The orange 6464-725 New Haven Boxcar was sold from 1962-1966 and again in 1968 but the late AAR trucks and the "Picture" box help to identify this boxcar as a 1964-65 item.

A very, very nice boxcar -- and in the nicest 6464-735 "Picture" box we have ever had!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $185 A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1964: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct (dark-orange) box for this version of the 6464-900 NYC boxcar!
Photo of the front of the box.

One of the nicest 6464-900 NYC boxcars we have ever had! It is a beautiful, photogenic boxcar with a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
Two different versions of the 6465 Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car:
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 40 Silver 2-dome tank car from 1955: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" on the tank sides plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Close-up of the lettering showing the "6465" on the side.
Some box rub on the high spots plus some light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; tape residue; glue residue). Some flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct, (shorter-style allowing the trucks to be turned around) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side.
Another view of the box.

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car was sold from 1948 to 1956 but the lettering, frame type, bar-end trucks, couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) and box style all help to date this car as 1953 production.

An uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car!
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 30
SOLD
A very nice 2-dome tank car from 1953: version with grayish (dull-silver) paint and "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and some moisture spots in the paint and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with strong lettering, sharp graphics and nice even silver.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; one end slightly crushed; tape inside). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete and sturdy. It is also the correct, (shorter) "Middle Classic" box which requires the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car was sold from 1948 to 1956 but the frame type, bar-end trucks, couplers (without engraved knuckle tops) and box style all help to date this car as 1953 production.

A nice realistic-looking tank car in a very presentable box! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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6468 (X) ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
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Ex./OB Yes $375 The Tuscan version of the B & O Automobile boxcar from 1955 only: 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 few small paint chips on the roof plus some rust spots on the door guides. That's about it for flaws -- it is a sharp car: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; glue residue; one end flap has an "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "X" box for the Tuscan version of this car and it's one of the nicest 6468X boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

The 6468X Tuscan Boxcar was an occasional component of only one set -- outfit #1535W from 1955. It is a good-looking boxcar and a rather scarce piece.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6468 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 63 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6468's provenance including its design, development and history -- and the mystery surrounding the Tuscan version.
6475Libby's Vat Car Load:
E++

Car:
E+
Yes $140
SOLD
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.
Some discoloration of the blue plastic on one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp, white lettering; the frame is also very clean with no rust. The graphics on the vat decals are sharp and all four steps are intact!
An "aerial" view.

Not an easy car to find nice! Note that Lionel NEVER MADE a component box for this car!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6475 Pineapple Vat Cars.
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $295 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63 that was NEVER USED! Also known as the "Solid Fuel Motor Boat Transport Car," it was catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the car and boat.
Red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering carrying an ORIGINAL Boat with brown deck, white hull and jet nozzle. The flat has middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car and boat.
The boat has a little of the usual factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield and completely intact!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo the bottom of the boat.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.

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

A sharp high-quality car in a very, very nice box!
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6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 30
SOLD
A small painted lemon-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

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

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car -- but not easy to find this nice.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
Ex. Yes $ 65 The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1954: has pure-white sides with brown doors and a brown roof plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with blue lettering & two lines of lettering to the right of the door on each side.
Photo of the other side.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel box cars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel and nearby lettering.
The "f" in "Chief" on one side is incomplete and that's about it for flaws! The car is nice: very, very clean with nice graphics and strong lettering overall.
Photo of the roof.

The 6672 Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the blue lettering and magnetic couplers all help to date this item as a 1954 car.

A good-looking prototypical car! This reefer is also an important historical model: the SFRD was a railroad refrigerator car line established as a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1884 to carry perishable commodities. The line competed with the Pacific Fruit Express.
6801
(-75)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $110
On
HOLD
Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (blue) Boat. Flat has early AAR trucks and mold #6424-11 with "6801" on left. Boat has a cream-colored deck and a deep-blue hull.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The flat is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets. Has the original elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
The boat's deck has some minor yellowing from age and that's about it for flaws; it is sharp -- very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks!
Close-up of the interior of the boat showing the Lionel identification.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; small punctures; mildly distorted; no inserts).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box has both end flaps, both coupler flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, fairly square and sturdy!
Photo of both large, long sides of the box.

A gorgeous, all-original piece with the correct "-75" box!
6828 Empty Flatcar
for the
Truck Crane
E++ Yes $ 30 Empty black flatcar (no load) from 1960-61 for the P&H Mobile Construction Truck Crane: flat has white lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The frame (mold #6424-11) has lower rail extensions.
Photo of the other side.
The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view.

Sharp, prototypical car.

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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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