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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 13, 2019

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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
(2411) Flatcar with Logs E++ Yes $ 45 Gray-painted, die-cast flatcar with black serif lettering from 1947-48 with three large reproduction unstained logs. Has staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with sharp lettering plus all four corner steps are intact! Has reproduction stakes.
Photo of the logs and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Note that this flat is the correct 1947-48 mold for the Log Car.
File photo showing the correct flat for the 1947-48 Log Car and the 1946 Pipe Car.

A very, very nice, prototypical car!
3434 Operating
Poultry Car
E++/OB Yes $225 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 $125 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from early 1957: 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 magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning: very, very clean with gorgeous 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 (wrinkled).

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; "period" writing). This box is solid: 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."

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A few years ago, a popular magazine rated the 3444 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3444 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 89 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 3444's provenance including its design, development and history.
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar Ex./OB Yes $ 90
SOLD
A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from early 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.
Some box rub and a few muted (but very readable) letters plus the white middle stripe is not as white as when new. The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; a few stains; writing). A few imperfections but this box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very strong box!

Price without the box: $ 80 plus shipping.
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.
6346 Alcoa Hopper E+/OB Yes $145 Silver-painted covered quad hopper from 1956 only: has blue, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Car is actually numbered "634656" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6346."
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! Has the original cover and hatch lids and this car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver paint, crisp lettering and completely intact Alcoa emblems!
Two "aerial" views.

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

An attractive, prototypical-looking car in a very strong box! The Alcoa Hopper is very difficult to find in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6346 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 93 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Alcoa Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6352-1 Union Pacific
&
Southern Pacific
Ice Car
E+ Yes $125 Unique, operating "Pacific Fruit Express" Reefer from 1955-57: this special 6464-type boxcar was made to be used in concert with the 352 Ice Depot.
Photo of the other side.
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.
Close-up of the unloading door and the ice cubes.
Interesting car with both "UNION PACIFIC" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" logos on it.
Photo of the brakewheel end of the car.
Small "ding" on the edge of the catwalk end above the brakewheel plus a few minor burrs and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with strong lettering and sharp graphics! The mechanism works perfectly. Comes with five (ORIGINAL) ice cubes.
Two views 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.
Two different versions of the 6356 New York Central Stock Car:
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75 A large, 2-level NYC stock car from 1954: has a painted yellow body with black lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic 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; scuffs; writing; "aged" look). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very 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 non-tab couplers help to date this car as a 1954 item.
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.
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6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
Ex.

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $160 The ever-popular car carrier with four premium, multi-colored, (turquoise, red, white & yellow) autos. The flat has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the number "6414" is on the right.
Photo of the other side.
Small moisture spots on the decking of the superstructure and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering. The metal superstructure is rust free and the graphics are sharp.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The red car has some scuffs on the left side front fender plus the bumpers on all four cars have some chrome loss. However, they are all original and each car is in excellent or better condition as they are completely intact and very, very clean!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original ("Late Classic") box (small tears; minor creases; factory tape residue; discolored from dirt; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box is solid: complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very nice auto loader in a very presentable box. The box and the coupler rivets date this item as a 1956-57 car.
6416 Boat Transport Car ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $475 The "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 that was NEVER USED! Has four ORIGINAL blue and white cabin cruiser-type boats. The red flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The black metal superstructure has white rubber-stamped lettering. This car shares the same design as the 6414 Auto Loader.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. The metal superstructure (rack) is equally as nice; it is rust free and very, very clean with nice lettering and vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the carrier.
Each boat is in excellent plus or better condition with minimal flaws. Has the original (generic) wrapping paper (formed into sleeves) that Lionel provided to help protect the boats on the metal rack.
Photo of the boats and the wrapping paper.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

This high-quality freight car is the first unused 6416 we have ever had and the first one with the original sleeves that we have ever had! The 6416 is a very difficult car to find complete and we have had very few for sale in collector-quality condition over the years!
Two different versions of the 6430 Flatcar with Vans:
6430 Flatcar with Trailers ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $195 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!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6430 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 80 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6430's provenance including its design, development and history.
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125
SOLD
Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1956-57 with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Vans are the hard-to-find, earlier (type III) version with FRUEHAUF signs in the front.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and a nice rust-free metal rack.
An "aerial" view showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.
Vans: the roofs have some light surface scratches and that's it for flaws! They are all original and very, very clean and each one has both FRUEHAUF signs!
Close-up of the front of the vans showing all four FRUEHAUF signs.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; stains). Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car with a good-looking, all-original load! Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6430 vans! Check your collection -- most of the 6430 flats came with type IV vans (without FRUEHAUF signs); type III vans are scarce.
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6434 Poultry Car E+ Yes $ 40 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.
Has repro doors plus some box rub in a few places plus some surface rust on the frame and door guides. It is a very clean car overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice inserts -- plus the lights do work!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car that always becomes an eye-catching item on layout!
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 35 A black-painted LV open quad hopper: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip on the top edge near the spreader brace on one side plus some rub marks and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two views of the interior.
The black 6436 LV hopper was catalogued in both 1955 and 1956 but the coupler style helps to date this car as a late 1955 item.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 40 Maroon short hopper from 1954-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor factory touch up on the top edges and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp 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.

A nice, prototypical-looking freight car in a very presentable box!
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.
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $225 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.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; minor creases; "period" writing; both end flaps have an "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous, prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock in a very, very 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.
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $225 A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1961: has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of faint surface scratches on one side and that's it for flaws; the car is gorgeous: very, very clean with incredibly vibrant paint, sharp graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; "period" writing). The box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! We have had very few 6464-700 "Picture" boxes over the years -- as they are much harder to find than the later window box from 1966!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, colorful piece of rolling stock in a very strong 6464-700 "Picture" box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $140 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.
Two different versions of the 6465 Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car:
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
A silver 2-dome tank car from 1949: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Has a Type Ib frame with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom (no number on tank sides) plus corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Has a couple of scuff marks and some paint loss on the frame and that's it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with beautiful graphics, nice shiny silver and a nice rust-free frame that has all four steps intact and the "6465" clearly visible underneath!

Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; glue residue; tape inside). The box is still very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box.
It is the correct, long box to accommodate the steps; it is also a "Middle Classic 2-Cities" box without "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on it. It is also not an easy box to find!
Another view of the box.
The store stampings on the box provide a little history of this gondola: at some point it was sold by the "Rosewood Hobby Shop" -- a store located at 115 N. Wood Ave., in Linden, New Jersey!

The 6465 Sunoco Tank Car is relatively common but not this version and not this nice! It is a sharp prototypical piece of rolling stock and besides, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars.
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 25
SOLD
A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view of the car.
A few light scratches and some minor discoloration plus the silver is not as bright as when new but it is clean and even. The car has strong lettering & nice graphics plus a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape; glue residue; cut; "dig" marks). Lots of flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and fairly sturdy.! It is also the correct, (short) "Middle Classic" box (with "6465" printed on every side) for this version of the 6465 Sunoco tank car.
Another view of the box.

It is a good-looking, prototypical car! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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6473 Horse Transport Car E+++/OB Yes $ 75 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.
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!
6477 "Miscellaneous" Car
with Pipes
Load:
Repro

Car:
E++
Yes $ 40 A Bulkhead Car with the correct load of five (reproduction) silvery plastic pipes: the unpainted red flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering and it is the earlier version from 1957 with "6477" on the right plus metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with crisp lettering plus the stakes, bulkhead ends and truck supports are all ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

This car is not that easy to find and we have had very few over the years! It is a great prototypical piece of rolling stock!
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $275 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63: 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 other side 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 packet of pellets and an "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the boat -- it is completely intact and very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield!
Two more views of the boat.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and a repro elastic tie-down band. Has the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; writing; dent).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6562
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
Load: VG/E-

Car:
Ex.
Yes $ 40 A red NYC long gondola ("Canister Car") from 1956 with white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the correct original load: four red canisters with white lettering. Catalogued by Lionel as "6562-25" but only "6562" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Car: some muted (but very readable) letters and that's about it for flaws; it is very clean with strong lettering overall.
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Canisters: some scratches and scuffs but each one is in at least VG condition. They are very presentable: clean with very strong lettering and nothing is cracked or broken.
Close-up of the lettering on the canisters.
A good-looking car with intact canisters. The 6462 gondolas are very common but the 6562 gondolas don't show up that often. It has been over four years since we have had a red 6562 gondola.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
E++ Yes $150 REA Reefer from 1958-59: it is the harder-to-find early version with a dark-green body plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has dark-gold, heat-stamped lettering, functional "plug" doors and a silver control panel with simulated dials and a sliding cover.
A close-up of the unique control panel and the lettering around it.
Minor chipping on the edge of one decal and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice graphics!
Two views of the roof.

A gorgeous, prototypical car and it's one of the nicest early 6572 reefers we have ever had!
6646 Stock Car E+ Yes $ 40 A good-looking, small "LIONEL LINES" stock car from 1957 only: has an unpainted orange body with black heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Note that Lionel provided steps on the corners of the frame but did not furnish a brakewheel with this car.
Photo of the other side.
Minor surface rust on one door guide plus the "L" on one side has some chipping and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint and strong lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
Two "aerial" views.

The 6646 is essentially the non-operating version of the 3656 Cattle Car. It is not an easy car to find! Check your collection -- the car is very, very uncommon!
6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $160
SOLD
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: floor has a stress mark and the hull has some very minor discoloration. The boat is very nice overall: clean with a very clear windshield plus there is very, very little glue showing below the deck! Has a repro elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor tears; small scuffs; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has both of the rare inserts and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this version (metal trucks, brown boat) of the 6801.
Photo of the inserts.

A good-looking piece in a brick-like 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.

Additional Freight Cars will boost the industrial capabilities of your railroad.

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