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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
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E+/OB Yes $ 90 The Wabash brakeman car from 1956:
Photo of the car showing the fearless Brakeman riding down the track.
Version with light-blue body and white man; has white doors, white heat-stamped lettering and graphics plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side showing the Brakeman after he "hit the deck."
Just the common (small) catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering -- plus the car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view showing the roof of the car and the Brakeman back on his feet.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 7 original "outer" box (tears; creases; "period" writing; tape; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
A few flaws but the box is solid: clean, square and sturdy!

Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales and an original packing envelope (#3424-94) which includes the instruction sheet #3424-95 (dated 8/56) plus the original "027" gauge & "O" gauge hardware (minor rust) for the poles.
Photo of the packing envelope, instruction sheet, telltales, hardware and component box.
Includes a grade 8 original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has some small tears and tape but that's about it for flaws! It is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the component box.

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

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $195 Large, illuminated, 3-level, brown stock car -- commonly called the "Chicken Sweeper Car." Earlier version from 1959-60 with metal trucks and tab couplers. Has the original gray man.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering plus it lights and works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

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

One of the nicest earlier chicken sweeper cars we have ever had -- and the 3434 always adds interest to a layout! The earlier 3434 is much harder to find than the one with AAR trucks. In addition, any 3434 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition as it is far less common than the non-operating 6434 Poultry Car.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 75 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from 1957-59: has a molded-red body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with sharp lettering and nice original figures plus it works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.
A great-looking car with some "play value!" This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It is a terrific source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (tears; minor discoloration).

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap and a small section of the top layer of the nearby long side; tears; creases; tape inside; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A recently-published guidebook had this to say about the 3444 gondola: "In the April 1957 of All Aboard at Lionel (an internal newsletter provided to employees and later major customers), the 3444 was heralded as one of the 'Stars of 1957.' It lived up to that early billing and was an immediate hit, as the never-ending action of the Cop & Hobo delighted audiences of all ages."
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

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

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3662 Milk Car
with
Milk Stand
Car:
E/E+

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

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

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

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

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

A sharp, photogenic, "action" car that works perfectly -- one that we do not get in very often!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3672 Bosco Cars.
6162
(-110)
New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $325 Here's a very, very unusual freight car: an unpainted translucent RED "6162" NYC long gondola from the late 1960s. This RARE car has white heat-stamped lettering plus one late AAR truck with an operating coupler and one arch-bar truck with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
The car body was produced using the same mold as the 6342 Culvert Gondola -- see the rivet hole in the center of the bed in the next photo.
An "aerial" view of the inside of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Has the correct load of three unmarked white canisters that are completely intact with minimal flaws! The car has a few chips along the top edges on one side and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering plus nice shiny truck rivets!

Photo of the box.
Has the CORRECT, re-marked "6162-110" (over-labeled) original picture box! The box is a grade 6 (the tuck is missing from one end flap & that end is taped shut; tears; creases; minor writing).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is solid as it is clean, square & sturdy!

Check your collection; the red 6162 is a very, very hard car to locate -- and the box is exceptionally hard to find! This item represents yet another example of Lionel using up existing inventory of both car bodies and boxes!
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $160 A burnt-orange tank car from 1957-58: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Two "aerial" views.
Minimal flaws! The dome platform and ladders are rust free and this prototypical-looking car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!

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

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; minor writing). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very, very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E++/OB Yes $ 85 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1955: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with heat-stamped lettering and large "BUILT BY / LIONEL" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6356 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 96 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the NYC Stock Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6361 Timber Transport Car Ex. Yes $ 65
SOLD
Green log-carrying flatcar with white, rubber-stamped lettering: post-1960 version with modified frame and underframe plus late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler. ORIGINAL logs, chains & spring.
Photo of the other side.
Has a non-original hole in the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with very, very nice lettering and a nice rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view of the car.

A prototypical freight car that will add realism to any layout!
Two different versions of the 6430 Flatcar with Vans:
6430 Flatcar with Trailers ======
Load:
E+

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

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

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a very nice box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+
Yes $ 40 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1956-57 with gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Vans: repro pony wheels and clips plus some surface scratches; they are clean overall with nice signs!
An "aerial" view showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.
Car: some paint loss on the metal rack and that's about it for flaws; it is completely intact and very clean overall with crisp lettering.

A good-looking, prototypical car.
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6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E- Yes $ 25 A black LV short hopper from 1952-53: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a couple of thin scratches on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two "aerial" views.

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

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

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

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 45 Maroon LV short hopper from 1953: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small scuffs plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the inside.

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

The maroon 6456 Lehigh Valley was sold from 1948 to 1955 but the body type without corner braces, bar-end trucks, magnetic couplers (without engraved knuckle tops) and the box all help to date this car as 1953 production.

A very nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
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6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 45 An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering. Version from 1951-53 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six large unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a gorgeous car: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and a rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

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

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car with a strong box and with the load that is often missing. The 6462 gondolas are common -- but not in this condition.
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 A good-looking M. P. boxcar from 1957: version with an unpainted gray (Type IIb) body with royal-blue painted bands. Has the "Eagle" on left, leading "E" is 1/2 inch high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on each side, solid-yellow (multi-block) doors and no grooves in roof. Has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

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

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150! This car will be an upgrade for many collectors.
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E++ Yes $135 A sharp GN boxcar from 1966: has an olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs plus an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes with yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the body! Has a later chassis with (incorrect) early AAR trucks with operating couplers and that's about it for flaws on the whole car! (Can only be seen by turning the car upside down and observing the open journals.) It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and colorful, beautiful decals.
Photo of the roof.

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

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

A good-looking, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very strong box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $125 A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963-64: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, jade-green multi-block doors plus red, white & black heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip on one end with a little white showing and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the end with the chip.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

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

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

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

Check your collection -- this is a very uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
6473 Horse Transport Car E+++/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1964-65: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

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

Excluding truck and coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). In addition, a fifth version (this one -- with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
Two different versions of the 6475 Vat Car:
6475Libby's Vat Car ======
Load:
E++

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

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

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

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $325 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63 that was NEVER USED! Also known as the "Solid Fuel Motor Boat Transport Car," it was catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the car and boat.
Red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering carrying an ORIGINAL Boat with brown deck, white hull and jet nozzle. The flat has middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car and boat.
The boat has a little of the usual factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield and completely intact!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo the bottom of the boat.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $135 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (dark-yellow over black) Airplane (with dark-yellow upper wing surfaces and black prop). Flat has white heat-stamped lettering, early AAR trucks and mold #6424-11 with "6800" on left and is the unusual version with 17 open deck holes.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with nice (rust-free) truck rivets and clean, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the flat and the top of the plane.

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

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

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

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

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

A good-looking piece in a decent box.

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

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

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