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

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Postwar Lionel Freight Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
X2458 Pennsylvania
Automobile Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 90 A gorgeous brown painted, metal, double-door P.R.R. boxcar with white lettering. Version from 1946-47 with no rivet below the "8" in "X2458" and without steps on the frame. The trim items include a brakewheel, black metal ladders on each side, a metal underframe sill and a plastic simulated air reservoir tank underneath. The car has staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering! It is one of the nicest X2458 boxcars we have ever had!
An "aerial" view.

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

Essentially a prewar carryover design, this nicely-detailed boxcar, with its embossed rivets & seams and die-cast ends & doors, is one of the most prototypical-looking items made in the postwar era! The 2458 is getting more and more difficult to find in collector-quality condition as are all of the early postwar items.
3370 ===============
Western & Atlantic

Animated
Stock Car
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E++/OB Yes $160 Operating Sheriff & Outlaw ("WELLS FARGO") stock car from 1961-64:
Photo of the other side.
Has a dark-green body with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo showing the exchange of gunfire between the bandit and the lawman.
A few paint chips on each figure (mostly on the hats) and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame -- and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #3370-17, dated 6-61 (a little discolored from age).
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 it is in a very strong box! If you like the "Old West" or if your layout has a western theme, this car will be a great addition to your collection.

Note that this car is the early-production (and more desirable) version since it has all of the simulated plastic rivets around the doors. Lionel had a problem with the 3370 mold in later years and many (most?) of the 3370s have one rivet missing.
Our Archives Page: more on 3370 Sheriff & Outlaw Cars.
3494-1 New York Central
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $110 Red and gray NYC boxcar with white lettering from 1955: version with unpainted red body with 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 tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub and some minor surface rust on one door guide and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.

A sharp, one-year-only car that works well!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar ======
E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $175
SOLD
A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956 that was NEVER USED: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small, light scratches on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (has tears & holes punched in it) plus the original inspection slip!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the inspection slip.

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

A very colorful car in a solid box!
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.
Harder-to-find version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Minimal flaws! The dome platform and ladders are rust free and this prototypical-looking car is very, very clean with sharp lettering and nice graphics. 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 7+ original box (tears; scrapes; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

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

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E/E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 85 A special car designed to be used with the Culvert Loader or Culvert Unloader: the unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a black, metal holding ramp inside. Earlier version from 1956-58: molded in medium red, has the "built date" on the sides plus it has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Includes seven ORIGINAL culvert pipes.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the top edge of the metal tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering with a nice rust-free frame. The pipes have some tarnishing and scratches but they are ORIGINAL! Note that if you intend to use the pipes with one of the accessories, original pipes work much better than any of the repros that have been made over the years.
Photo of the culvert pipes and an "aerial" view of the car showing the inside.

We have not had a 6342 available for separate sale in years! It can be used with the 342, 345, 346 & 348 Culvert Accessories or it can be an additional item of rolling stock for your layout.
6352-1 UP & SP
Ice Car
E++ Yes $110 Unique, operating "Pacific Fruit Express" Ice Car from 1955-57: this special 6464-type boxcar was made to be used in concert with the 352 Ice Depot. It has an unpainted orange body with black, rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. It is the version with four lines of data on the ice compartment door.
Photo of the other side.
Interesting car with both "UNION PACIFIC" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" logos on it.
Close-up of the unloading door and the ice cubes.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice crisp lettering and sharp graphics! The mechanism works perfectly. Comes with five free (repro) ice cubes.
Photo of the roof.

The 6352 Ice Car does not show up for sale separately very often. If you have a clean Ice Depot in need of a sharp car or if you just want an unusual piece of rolling stock, this one will fill the need.
6404Flatcar with Auto Load:
VG

Car:
E+
Yes $ 90 General-style flatcar with its correct load: an ORIGINAL red 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 repro elastic tie-downs.
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.
The auto has some surface scratches and a hairline semi-circular crack (no loss of plastic) near the windshield's left pillar. It is very clean overall and thankfully, this is one of the few occurrences where the load is not the bulk of the value.
Photo of the front & back of the auto.
The truss rods are a little tarnished and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice rust-free truck rivets!

It has been over 12 years since we have had a 6404 flat! This uncatalogued car only appeared in these four promotional sets from 1960: the X-575, the X-580NA, the 1109 and the 1119! It is a very scarce item!
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $125
SOLD
A "Twin Auto Car:" black flatcar from 1958-59 with ORIGINAL "premium" automobiles (one white, one turquoise). The flat (mold #6424-11 with "6424" on right) has white heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Autos: minimal flaws -- they are complete, all intact and very clean.
An "aerial" view of the flatcar and the roofs of the autos.
Flat: minimal flaws -- very, very clean with crisp lettering and a rust-free superstructure (black metal rack).
Photo showing the front and back of both cars.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; "period" writing). Even with the imperfections, this box is solid: clean, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very presentable box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 85 Red flatcar from 1956-57 with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Vans: all original with minimal flaws -- very clean with nice signs! Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; mildly distorted; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is still presentable as it is fairly clean, complete and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car with a decent box!
6434 Poultry Car E+/OB Yes $ 75 Large, illuminated, stock car from 1958-59 also known as the "Chicken Car." Has a red-painted body with white lettering plus un-painted gray doors with black lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of nicks on the roof plus a few small spots of surface rust on the frame and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice inserts!
Photo of the roof.

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

A great-looking car -- and the lights do work!
6436-25 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $110 Maroon-painted LV open quad hopper from 1955: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint chips plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean overall with vibrant paint and gorgeous lettering. Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; minor stains; tape inside). A solid box: clean, complete, square & sturdy! The maroon 6436-25 hopper was made from 1955-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "6436-25" on the four long sides) and the couplers date this car as a 1955 item.
Another view of the box.

A prototypical-looking car in a strong box!
6446 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E++/OB Yes $135 Gray-painted N & W covered quad hopper from 1954-55: has black, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. The car is actually numbered "546446" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6446" in their service manuals. Has the original roof and hatch covers!
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor creases). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

We have not had many gray "546446" N&W quad hoppers over the years and this one is sharp and it comes in one of the nicest 6446 boxes we have ever had! The car is a realistic-looking piece of rolling stock that will look great on a layout or on a display shelf!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 45 Maroon short hopper from 1953-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and some box rub but nothing severe. It is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps, creases, lots of tape inside, some dirt). Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it has both end flaps plus it is fairly 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.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
Ex./OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
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.
Some box rub on the top rail of one side plus a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the coupler flap on one end and missing part of the box on the other end with some un-original cardboard pieced in; tears). A few flaws but it is the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper plus it is clean, 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.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E+/OB Yes $ 40 A painted, tile red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and two lines of weight data: version from 1951 with the "N" in the second panel, brakewheels and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some moisture spots and a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws. The car is clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the correct load of six original large unstained drums (DRUMS not barrels); the drums have two hoops plus top and bottom rims.
A better look at the drums plus a view of the inside of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap and a nearby inner flap and that end is taped shut; tears; tape inside; scrapes; stains). A few flaws but this box is fairly clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version of the red 6462.
Another view of the box.

Red 6462 gondolas were made from 1950-57; however, the "Middle Classic" box (with "RED" on the end flaps but without a suffix) plus the body mold, deluxe features, placement of the "N" in the 2nd panel, trucks and the load all help to date this car as a 1951 item.

A good-looking gondola with the load that is often missing.
File photo showing this earlier-type tile-red gondola with drums and the later blood-red gondola with barrels.
6462
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
Ex./OB Yes $ 85 A green NYC gondola with white, heat-stamped lettering: harder-to-find version from early 1954 with the "N" in the 2nd panel plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six ORIGINAL unstained large drums.
Photo of the other side.
Has some rub and paint chips plus a very small stain on the bottom of one of the sides. The car is very clean overall with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
View of the inside of the car and a close-up of the barrels.

Photo of the box.
Correct (grade 6) original "-25" box (missing the tuck and part of one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; tape residue; scrapes). A few flaws but this hard-to-find box is 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 2nd panel, couplers and the load all help to date this car as a 1954 item.

The green gondolas are getting harder to find nice and the box is even more difficult to find. This car is very presentable -- and the load is a major plus.
6462
(-125)
New York Central Gondola E+/OB Yes $ 45 An unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and three lines of weight data: version from 1955 with the "N" in the third panel and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws: it is very clean with strong lettering! Has the correct load of six original stained barrels.
An "aerial" view showing the barrels and the inside of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; a little wavy; "aged" look). The box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "-125" box for this version of the red 6462!
Another view of the box.
The unpainted red 6462 was made from 1954-57; the box and couplers date this car as a 1955 item.

If you have a 1955 set that calls for this item, take a look at this piece! It is a nice car with the correct load and a strong box!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++ Yes $135 A gorgeous M. P. boxcar from 1957: 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 and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

A sharp car that would be an upgrade for most collectors!
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $160 Tuscan-painted (type IV) boxcar from 1969 only: later version with multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

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

Nice prototypical boxcar in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $175 A black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; lots of tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Old store advertising stampings on the box provide a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by the "CROCKER ELECTRICAL SUPPLY & HARDWARE CORP." -- a shop once located at 128 Fulton Street in New York City.

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

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-325 B & O Sentinel
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $925 The Baltimore & Ohio Sentinel boxcar from 1956 only: silver-painted body with an aqua-blue painted lower band; has both navy-blue & white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver roof. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with multi-block doors.
Photo of the other side.
A few surface rust spots on the door guides and that's it for flaws; the car is very, very clean with nice bright silver, sharp graphics & crisp lettering . . . plus it was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor creases). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also a very tough box to find!
Another view of the box.

One of the nicest Sentinels we have ever had and it's in one of the nicest 6464-325 boxes we have ever seen! The elusive B & O Sentinel is a one-year-only boxcar that is very, very difficult to find in collector-quality condition -- it is usually one of the last boxcars that a collector will acquire to complete the "6464 series."
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
E+ Yes $135 D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58: version with "built date" plus metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted yellow body with silver painted roof and lower side bands with black heat-stamped lettering and black heat-stamped striping separating the yellow and silver.
Photo of the roof.
The corner end ribbing on one side has a small chip and there is one very, very light surface scratch on the side that the camera doesn't pick up. That's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with beautiful silver, sharp striping and crisp lettering.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car!
6473 Horse Transport Car ======
E+++
Un-run
======
Yes $ 55 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1965-66 that was NEVER USED: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the dark yellow version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

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

Note: excluding coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car 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 (with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6656 Stock Car VG/OB Yes $ 25 A dark-yellow stock car with black lettering: version from 1952-53 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and some box rub plus one corner has a very, very small chip near the roof. The car is clean overall with crisp lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing a small part of one inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes; tape; some dirt). A few flaws but the box is 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.

An inexpensive and clean piece of rolling stock; the 6656 came in many early sets.
6801
(-75)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $145 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 PURE WHITE deck and a DEEP BLUE hull.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The flat is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
The boat has the original glue showing where the deck meets the hull and that's about it for flaws; it is sharp -- very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; minor stains; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is one of the nicest 6801 boxes we have ever had.
Another view of the box.

A very nice all-original piece with the correct "-75" box!

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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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