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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
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
E+++/OB Yes $135 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. It is also the more reliable version with two roller contacts.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice original figures plus it works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.
One of the nicest 3444 operating Gondolas we have ever had! It is a great-looking car with some "play value!" This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It is a terrific source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (tears; creases).

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

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

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

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
3494-275 State of Maine Operating Boxcar E+/OB Yes $125 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

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

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6044 Airex
Boxcar
VG Yes $ 20 Medium-blue 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white & yellow lettering from 1959-61: has arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few stains on one side plus some weak (but very readable) lettering. Completely intact and clean overall.
Photo of the roof.

Just an inexpensive piece of rolling stock that is over 60 years old!
6162-60 Alaska
Railroad
Gondola
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Load:
E++

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

A sharp-looking, photogenic, high-quality car! It is also the first un-run 6162-60 Gondola that we have ever had for sale!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6162-60 Alaska Gondolas.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $110 A burnt-orange tank car from 1956-57: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers. Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Photo of the other side.
Minor rust on the platform and ladders plus the usual tarnishing of the railings and that's about it for flaws! This prototypical-looking car is completely intact and very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
An "aerial" view.

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

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

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

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

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

Only the second 6404 flat we have ever had! It is a very scarce item!
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
Good/VG

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

A perfect layout item!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1956-57 with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans.
Photo of the other side.
Flatcar has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Close-up of the front of both vans.
Vans: all original with minimal flaws -- very, very clean with nice signs!
Close-up of the back of both vans.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and a nice rust-free metal rack.
An "aerial" view showing the roof of both vans and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; stains).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car with a decent box!
6434 Poultry Car Ex./OB Yes $ 95 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.
Some box rub plus a few paint chips and small scratches but that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice inserts!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears with a small top piece missing near one end; creases; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great, colorful car for a layout as the lights do work!
6445 Mint Car E++/OB Yes $225 A "FORT KNOX GOLD RESERVE" savings bank car from 1961-63: silver painted body with black heat stamped lettering plus four large windows exposing the load of simulated gold bullion being transported.
Photo of the other side.
Has a coin slot in the roof plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo showing both ends of the car.
Light scratch on one end plus some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice bright silver, crisp lettering and very clear windows!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; scrapes). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Not an east car to find this nice! It is sharp looking and in a very presentable box!
X6454 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 75 Tuscan-painted (9 1/4 inch) boxcar with white letters: 1950-51 version with plastic doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean car with strong lettering!
Two views of the roof.
A sharp, prototypical-looking car.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 55 A black LV short hopper from 1948-51: has white lettering, interior corner braces (which are unique to the early version of this hopper) plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering!
Two views of the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing a small part of one end flap; missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; "dig" marks; tape; tape residue; glue residue; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A prototypical-looking freight car -- one of the nicest early-version black 6456s that we have ever had!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E/E+ Yes $ 45 A maroon LV short hopper from 1948-51: has white lettering, interior corner braces (which are unique to the early version of this hopper) and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub in spots plus some minor paint loss inside and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two views of the interior.

A nice, prototypical freight car!
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 30 An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering: version from 1951-53 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six large original unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and a rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; writing; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct smaller box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.
Another view of the box.

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

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

Boxcar
E- Yes $ 55 A Tuscan-painted M & St. L boxcar from 1953: has a "type I" body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6464-50" but only "6464" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches and some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two views of the roof.

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

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

A good-looking car in a very strong box!
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195
SOLD
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 (small tears; writing; "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, 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.
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $375
SOLD
A superb W.P. boxcar from 1966 only that was NEVER USED: has an orange-painted body on a type IV gray mold. Version with blue rubber-stamped feather plus white heat-stamped lettering and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Photo of the roof.

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

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is the nicest 6464-250 boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
See Notes Yes $60 A B & O Time-Saver boxcar from 1956: unpainted royal-blue body (type IIb) with an orange-painted center slanted band, "BLT 5-54 / BY LIONEL" on the sides plus a silver-painted roof. Has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Roof has areas of discoloration plus various scratches, paint chips and box rub (Fair condition). The sides are very presentable -- just a couple of scratches. (Excellent condition.) Overall the car is clean with very strong lettering and sharp graphics.
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking boxcar that is perfect for a layout.
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+++ Yes $110 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Photo of the roof.

A great-looking and very photogenic car -- one of the nicest Great Northern boxcars we have ever had!
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $110 A B & M boxcar from early 1957: unpainted medium-blue (type IIb) body with complete built date. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering and unpainted black, multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

A good-looking car!
6464-725 New Haven
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $125
SOLD
A sharp NH boxcar from 1962: version with medium-orange body and black, heat-stamped high-gloss lettering plus unpainted black, multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; a little faded; writing; glue residue). A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Note that this is the correct box for the orange 6464-725 New Haven boxcar as Lionel had erroneously printed all boxes as "6464-735" for this car and never corrected the mistake.
Photo of the front of the box.

A very nice-looking boxcar -- and in a very presentable box!
6464-825 Alaska Railroad
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $595 Yes, the ALASKA! A "type III" ALASKA boxcar from 1959-60 that was NEVER USED: blue-painted on a gray mold with dark-yellow lettering and graphics. Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a very small chip in one corner of the roof plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint, sharp graphics and very strong lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; tape residue; missing the perforated push tab).
Another view of the box.
Finding a 6464-825 box in any condition is a challenge and even with the flaws, it is one of the nicest 6464-825 boxes we have ever had as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A very nice car with a good-looking Eskimo on both sides and in a very tough box to find! It is also the first unused 6464-825 Boxcar we have ever had! The elusive Alaska boxcar is rather difficult to find in nice condition and it is usually one of the last boxcars that a collector will acquire to complete the "6464 series."
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $160
SOLD
A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus the white background of the graphics is not as white as when new and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and strong graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; minor stains; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct (dark-orange) box for this version of the 6464-900 NYC boxcar!
Photo of the front of the box.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A nice realistic-looking tank car in a very presentable box! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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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.
Two different versions of the 6511 Pipe Car:
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
VG

Car:
Ex.
Yes $ 65 An unpainted, light-chocolate-brown flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes. Version from late 1955 with stamped-steel metal truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The pipes have a few flaws including discoloration, small cracks, minor dings, mild distortions, etc. but they are clean and they are ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
The flat has a few scuffs and surface scratches plus some minor rust spots on the trucks. It is a very clean car overall with strong lettering! Has reproduction stakes.

The brown 6511 is harder to find than the red versions.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+++
Yes $ 60 A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: early version from 1954 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One pipe is perfect but the other four have various issues (small cracks, dings, distortions, etc.) but they are clean and they are ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the car! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering! Has the original stakes and this car is one of the nicest 6511 Pipe Cars we have ever had!

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators. It is harder to find than the later red versions and the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
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6646 Stock Car E++ Yes $ 75 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with vibrant paint and sharp lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
An "aerial" view.

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!
Two different versions of the 6656 Stock Car:
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.
6656 Stock Car E+ Yes $ 25 A lemon-yellow stock car with black lettering from 1950-51: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One small scuff on the roof plus some minor paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice, vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

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

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

A good-looking prototypical car! This reefer is also an important historical model: the SFRD was a railroad refrigerator car line established as a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1884 to carry perishable commodities. The line competed with the Pacific Fruit Express.
6736 Detroit & Mackinac
Hopper
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135
SOLD
Red-painted Detroit & Mackinac open quad hopper from the late 1960s that was NEVER USED: has white heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small chip along the edge on one side and that's it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint!
Close-up of the Mackinac logo on one side.
Has the original spreader brace and the car is the earlier (and nicer) version with the clearly-defined face on the Mackinac Mac logo.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original over-labeled window box (tears; scuffs).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, square, sturdy & complete -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front.

One of the nicest 6736 quad hoppers we have ever had -- and it is in a strong and rather odd box!

Note that this hopper is a very unusual item: the 6736 was catalogued from 1960-1962; however the late AAR trucks were not used until late 1964 and the window boxes were not used until 1966! This item represents another example of Lionel using up inventory in the late 1960s!
6801
(-75)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E++

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

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

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

Sharp, prototypical car.

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

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

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

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