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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
3494-150 Missouri Pacific
Operating Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $275
SOLD
A sharp M. P. boxcar from 1956 only that was NEVER USED! has an unpainted gray body with royal-blue painted bands and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the car and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 2/56 (tears & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; writing; some dirt; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

An attractive, very colorful car with a decent box! Only the third unused Missouri Pacific Operating Boxcar we have ever had! The 3494-150 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition and one guidebook suggests that it is almost as hard to find as the Monon and Soo operating boxcars. We have had very few 3494-150 Boxcars over the years as it was only available as a separate-sale item and never came in a set!
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!
3494-550 Monon
Operating Boxcar
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Ex.
Un-run
OB
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Yes $425 A maroon & white Hoosier Line operating boxcar (with maroon body mold) from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! 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.
Has a small chip in one of the hatch railings on the roof, a couple of light surface scratches plus some discoloration on one side near the bottom and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice lettering -- plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the car and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; glue reside; dirt on the back -- the non-logo side; price stamping). The box is solid: fairly clean overall, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

This is only the third boxed Monon Boxcar we have ever had for sale!

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
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $550 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! Has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a small chip in one corner of the roof plus a few thin scratches and that's about it for flaws. The car is sharp: very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands. We "bench tested" the plunger mechanism and it works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; light scuffs; writing on one end flap;). It is a SOLID, brick-like box -- clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Only the second unused Soo Lines Boxcar we have ever had!

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.
3656 Operating
Cattle Car
E+/OB Yes $ 60 Small, orange-painted stock car with white lettering from 1954-55: has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with nine (9) ORIGINAL cows. No corral or ramp -- just the car and cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice lettering and bright orange paint! Note that original cows work much better than the repros that have been made over the years!
Photo of the roof and the cows.

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

The cattle car is rather common but since it offered some interesting "play value" for kids, few have survived in nice condition. This one did and it will probably be an upgrade for most collectors! It is a great-looking car that works well and it comes in a very presentable box.
3672 Bosco Car
with
Special Unloading Platform
Car:
E++

Stand:
E-
Yes $295 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.
Two different versions of the Black 6025 Gulf 1-dome Tank Car:
6025 Gulf
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 60 Black-painted 1-dome tank car with early AAR trucks from 1957-58. All intact -- no cracks! Version with the logo having "GULF" in navy over white on a red-orange background.
Photo of the other side.
A very, very clean, rust-free car with minimal flaws.
Two "aerial" views.
The 6025 Gulf Tank Car was sold from 1956 to 1958 but the AAR trucks date this item as a 1958 car.

A very nice, realistic-looking tank car! Once common, these tank cars are getting harder and harder to find -- especially in nice shape!
6025 Gulf
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 40 Unpainted black single-dome tank car from 1957: version with the logo having "GULF" in navy over white on an orange background. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a couple of light scratches on one side and a tiny chip on one catwalk edge; that's it for flaws! It is very clean with superb lettering and nice graphics! The frame is rust free!
Two "aerial" views.
The 6025 Gulf Tank Car (with metal trucks) was sold in both 1956 and 1957 but the coupler drawbar style helps to date this item as a 1957 car.

A very nice, realistic-looking tank car! Once common, these tank cars are getting harder and harder to find -- especially in nice shape!
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6352-1 Union Pacific
&
Southern Pacific
Ice Car
E/E+ Yes $110 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. Interesting car with both "UNION PACIFIC" & "SOUTHERN PACIFIC" logos on it.
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.
The unloading door has some scratches affecting some of the lettering and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with strong lettering overall and sharp graphics! The mechanism works perfectly. Comes with five reproduction ice cubes.
Two views of the roof.

The 6352 Ice Car does not show up for sale separately very often. If you have an Ice Depot in need of a car or if you just want an unusual piece of rolling stock, this one will fill the need.
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E++

Car:
E/E+
OB
Yes $ 95 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.
Some rust spots on the sides of the superstructure and that's about it for flaws on the car! It is all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering on both the flat and the metal superstructure.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
Minimal flaws on the four cars! They are all original and each car is in excellent plus-plus (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 5+ original ("Late Classic") box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape; scuffs; mildly distorted; "aged" look). 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 good-looking car loader with four of the nicest autos we have ever had! The box and the coupler rivets date this item as a 1956-57 car.
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 85 A silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1957-58. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small blemishes on top and the metal handrails are tarnished in places; that's it for flaws; overall it is a clean car: bright silver, crisp lettering & nice graphics! Overflow pipes are intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

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

Nice prototypical car in a decent box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers ======
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $110 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!
6436-25 Lehigh Valley Hopper Ex./OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
Maroon-painted LV open quad hopper from 1957: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the high spots and that's about it for flaws; overall, this car is very clean with vibrant paint and nice white lettering. Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Correct ("-25") original box is a grade 7+ (stains; small tears). A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! The maroon 6436-25 hopper was made from 1955-57; however, the "Late Classic" box (without "6436-25" on the four long sides) and the couplers date this car as a 1957 item.
Another view of the box.

Nice prototypical-looking car in a very, very strong box!
6446-25 Norfolk & Western
Cement Car
E+/OB Yes $375
On
HOLD
The 1963 reissue of the N & W covered quad hopper: scarce variation with an unpainted gray body and spreader-brace holes plus middle AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has black, heat-stamped lettering plus matching unpainted cover and unpainted hatch lids.
Photo of the other side.
A small section of the plastic drip rail in one corner is slightly separated and is loose and that's about it for flaws! It is an all-original and very clean car with nice crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views with the flaw indicated.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; one inner flap & one end flap tuck are not original to this box; tears; creases; tape; glue residue; minor stains; mildly distorted).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
A few flaws but this box is clean, fairly square and sturdy! It is also the correct 1963 dark-orange "Picture" box for this version of the gray 6446 N&W quad hopper!
Photo of the front of the box.

Check your collection! This is only the second unpainted 6446 gray N&W hopper we have ever had for sale! The car is very, very hard to find and the box is even more difficult to locate! The common version of this car has metal bar-end trucks plus a painted body with matching painted cover and painted hatch lids -- and no spreader-brace holes. The common version also came in a "Middle Classic" or "Late Classic" original box.
6464-25 Great Northern Boxcar E+/OB Yes $135 G.N. boxcar from 1953: has a flat-orange body with white, heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and sharp graphics!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; small amount of writing on one side; glue residue).
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 side of the box with writing.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6464-200 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $225 Tuscan-painted (type IV) PRR boxcar from 1969 only that was NEVER USED! 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.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- one of the nicest 6464-200 boxcars we have ever had!
Two views of the roof.

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

A sharp prototypical-looking 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 $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.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (missing one small piece of one interior coupler flap; small tears; creases). The box is SOLID: clean, 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.
Two different versions of the 6464-275 State of Maine Boxcar:
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $275
SOLD
The "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" (State of Maine) boxcar (type IIa) with unpainted solid-RED doors from 1955 only: has an unpainted white (ivory) body (with side grooves) and with blue-painted roof, ends and upper side band plus a red-painted lower side band. Has rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
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.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; tape; glue residue; writing). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus it is the correct 1955 "Middle Classic" box with "275" printed separately on the end flaps.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

One of the nicest red-door State of Maine boxcars we have ever had! It is a very photogenic (and uncommon) car!
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 Royal-blue "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" boxcar with white-painted center bands, red-painted lower side bands, heat stamped lettering and multi-block, unpainted blue doors with red- and white-painted stripes. Version from 1957-58 with a "Type IIb" body plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub on the doors plus the "OF" lettering on one door is not as white as when new. That's about it for flaws! The car is clean with strong lettering overall and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; glue residue; some dirt). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for a 6464-275 from 1957-58.
Another view of the box.

Nice colorful and very attractive car with a very presentable box.
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6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E- Yes $110 Unpainted yellow body (Type IIa) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from 1955 with: "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip on one lower step plus some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws -- it is a very clean car with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.
Comes with a brand new repro box.
Photo of the box.

A good-looking freight car!
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $185 A sharp B & O Time-Saver boxcar that was NEVER USED! Version from 1969: a type IV with no "built date" information. Has an unpainted dark-blue body with a painted orange center band and a painted silver roof plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with sharp graphics, crisp lettering and nice, vibrant silver paint on the roof!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original (Hillside) box (small tears; some dirt). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very nice, photogenic car in a brick-like box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E++/OB Yes $175 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. Has late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light scratches and that's about it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; writing).
Another view of the box.
A few imperfections but this box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus the window is clean and intact! It is also the correct "Window" box for this version of the 6464-450 Great Northern boxcar.
Photo of the window.

A great-looking and very photogenic car in a very presentable box.
6464-500 Timken Boxcar E++/OB Yes $195 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!
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $195 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.
Minor box rub in a couple of spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

A very, very attractive car and it is in one of the nicest 6464-700 window boxes we have ever seen!
Two different versions of the 6464-900 New York Central Boxcar:
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
VG/OB Yes $295
SOLD
Dark jade-green painted (type IV) NYC boxcar: unusual version from 1963 with BLACK doors. Has red, white & black heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a few scratches plus one of the decals has a small burr. In addition, one of the doors has two small melt marks in one of the blocks. The car is very, very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but the box is complete, clean, square & sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.
It is also the correct 1963 (dark-orange) box for the 6464-900 Boxcar with black doors.
File photo showing the dark-orange 1963 box and a light-orange 1964-65 box.

A few notes on the 6464-900 black-door NYC boxcar: this car has the correct chassis (with a dimpled frame and AAR trucks with closed journals); however, the oxide-red tinted couplers were replaced -- a common practice to fix couplers that no longer open). Additional research has led knowledgeable collectors to conclude that the black-door version only came with a body that has the second "0" in "6464900" closer to the interior edge of the perimeter of the graphics. Unfortunately, this has not yet been documented in any of the guidebooks. This car has those "correct" graphics!
File photo showing the graphics on a 6464-900 with black doors & the graphics on the common version.

An-often overlooked variation!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $185 A gorgeous jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1964-65: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very small amount of box rub and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Two views of the roof.
The car was NEVER USED but there are some marks on the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed the car on a piece of track.

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

One of the nicest 6464-900 boxcars we have ever had -- and it comes in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
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6465 Cities Service
Tank Car
E+ Yes $ 65
SOLD
A painted-green 2-dome tank car from 1960-61: has white lettering plus early-AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp car -- clean with nice lettering and all intact -- no cracks!
An "aerial" view.
These tank cars were once easy to find as they were ignored by collectors for a long time. Now they are very hard to find in collector quality condition!

Our Archives Page has more information on 6465 Cities Service Tank Cars.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car ======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $ 85 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only that was NEVER USED: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering! Has the original truck supports, original stakes and original (intact) bulkhead ends!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (scrape on one end flap, probably from removing a price sticker; writing; small tears; minor creases; scuffs). A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this one-year-only car.
6468 Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
VG Yes $ 35 A B & O Automobile boxcar from 1954: has a blue-painted with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus three ladder rungs are chipped and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with intact catwalks, strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two "aerial" views.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.
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.
Chip by the ladder on the bottom of one side plus a few small paint chips. 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 (tears; creases; tape; some dirt; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "X" box for the Tuscan version of this car.
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.
6468-25 New Haven
Automobile Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $140 New Haven double-door boxcar from 1956-57: has an unpainted orange body with black and white lettering plus black doors. Version with full serif on large black "N" with white "H" below. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; tape inside; glue residue; stains; both end flaps are discolored; "period" writing). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "-25" box for the New Haven version of the 6468 boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A nice prototypical-looking car in a very presentable box! The NH is much harder to find than its counterpart -- the blue 6468 B & O double-door boxcar.
6472 Refrigerator Car E++/OB Yes $ 60 A gorgeous, all-original white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: variation from 1952 with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering plus it has a nice rust-free frame!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original "OPS" box (tears; scrapes; punctures; creases; some dirt; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
The box has a few flaws but it is complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box showing the "OPS" information.

The 6472 is fairly common -- but not in this condition and not the one from 1952!

The 6472 is the non-operating version of the 3472 milk car. The 6472 Refrigerator Car was made from 1950 to 1953 but the combination of the "OPS" box and the bar-end trucks help to date this car as a 1952 piece.
6473 (-60)Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $ 90 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1969: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with dual operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct Hagerstown Checkerboard box for this version of the Rodeo Car! This is the first time we have ever had this scarce box!
Another view of the box.

A very attractive and very photogenic car in a very, very hard box to find!

Note: including body variations, body colors, lettering colors and coupler combinations, there are seven versions of the Rodeo Car. This is the last version made by Lionel in the postwar era.
Two different versions of the 6475 Vat Car:
6475Libby's Vat Car ======
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
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Yes $160 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 $135 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
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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!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 30 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
======
Yes $325 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 $ 75
SOLD
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 $ 95 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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