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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: December 12, 2017

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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
X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $110 A PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1946-47: has brown-painted metal doors, corner steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus it has a nice rust-free frame with all four corner steps intact!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Art Deco" box (tears; creases; punctures; minor stains; glue residue; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: -- fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also a tough box to find.
Photo of the box insert.

These early boxcars are getting harder and harder to find nice. The 2454 Baby Ruth is considered to be a "common item" but we have had very few 2454s in collector quality condition in recent years! This one is sharp and it is in a very presentable box.
3356 Santa Fe
Horse Car Set
Car:
E++

Corral:
E++

OB
Yes $325
SOLD
The "Horse Car Set" from 1957: the set includes a large operating stock car with both Santa Fe and Railway Express Agency markings:
Photo of the loading side of the car.
This "O" gauge size car is green with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and a rust-free frame!
Photo of the car's roof.
This good-looking action car works as designed: when energized, the ramp doors descend to meet the corral ramps and the horses exit the car and move through the runway passage.
Photo of the corral.
Includes a corral with the "original adjusting feet" which enables an operator to set the corral up for either "O" gauge track or "027" track. Minimal flaws on the corral -- it is very clean overall and every fence section is intact and pure white plus it works perfectly! The corral measures 10 1/2 inches wide, 6 inches deep and 2 inches high.
Another view of the corral.

Photo of the horses, component box, parts envelope, instruction sheet, contactor, slide switch & connecting wires.
Has all nine original black horses in the 3356-100 component box (grade 9+) plus the original parts envelope #3356-79 containing the original OTC contactor with adjusting clips, the original 364C slide switch, the original instruction sheet #3356-78 (dated 5/57) and four (4) unused (still coiled) connecting wires.

Photo of the box.
Comes in a grade 9 original box (insignificant tears; small creases; minor stains; store price stamping).
Another view of the box.
Has the original elaborate insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere. It is the nicest 3356 box we have ever seen!
Photo of the box insert.

A car and accessory with some "play value" that will add interest to any layout! This one is the nicest 3356 set we have ever had and it comes in a spectacular box!
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E-/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
The Wabash brakeman car from 1957:
Photo of the car showing the fearless Brakeman riding down the track.
Version with light-blue body and white man; has white doors, white heat-stamped lettering and graphics plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side showing the Brakeman after he "hit the deck."
Has the common catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car. The flaws appears as "melt" marks on the roof. That's it for flaws as the car is very clean with crisp lettering -- plus the car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view showing the roof of the car and the Brakeman back on his feet.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 7 original "outer" box (tears; creases; stains; tape; tape residue; "period" writing; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
The box has both end flaps and all of the interior flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!

Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales with original "027" gauge & "O" gauge hardware for the poles. The "O" gauge hardware has some rust (does not affect the operation) but the "027" gauge hardware is close to like new.
Photo of the component box.
Includes a grade 8 original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has some stains, creases and tape but it is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the component box.

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

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3424 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 46 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3428 Operating
United States
Mail Car
Ex./OB Yes $195 The U. S. Mail operating Boxcar! This 6464-style boxcar with early AAR trucks has a type III body on a gray mold. The very-colorful (and in my opinion, very under-rated) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar was sold from 1959-60.
Photo of the other side.
Has an original GRAY mailman with the correct (opposite color), original BLUE mailbag.
Photo of the roof.
Some discoloration and box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and it works perfectly!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (scuffs; creases; writing; panel partially separated).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: complete, clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

We have only had a handful of 3428 boxcars in collector-quality condition over the years. This car is sharp, plus it comes in one of the nicest 3428 boxes we have ever seen!

This car is the operating version of the 6428 Mail Car listed below. Feeling patriotic? Want both?
SPECIAL: $295 plus shipping for both the 3428 and the 6428 -- a savings of $25!
3456 N & W
Operating
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
Special Norfolk & Western short hopper: black-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering plus spring-loaded and magnetically-operated bottom hatches. Version from 1954-55 with extra rivet detail on the sides plus bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the dumping mechanism works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap and a small nearby section of the top layer of the box; tears; creases; stains; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical-looking car -- perfect for a layout! Designed to work in concert with the 456 Coal Ramp but also available as a separate sale item.
Two different versions of the X3464 Operating Boxcar:
X3464 A. T. & S. F. Operating Boxcar ======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $125
SOLD
A gorgeous Santa Fe operating boxcar from 1952 that was NEVER USED! Has an orange-painted body with black heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the correct original (all-blue) man and the mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.
Has the original inspection slip and the correct original instruction sheet #3474-14 (dated 5/52).
Photo of the inspection slip and the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct original "OPS" box (grade 7 -- tears; creases; "dig" marks; minor writing; glue residue; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the preprinted OPS data on the box.

The X3464 boxcar is very common but NOT IN THIS CONDITION! Finding any unused car from the early 50s is very, very unusual and this one is sharp -- and it is in a very, very hard box to find!
X3464 N Y C
Operating Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 55 Tan-painted New York Central System boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering: version from 1950 with black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few minor paint chips and a small amount of paint loss on the frame underside and that's about it for flaws. the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly! Has the correct, all-blue original man.
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box -- brace yourself; it is not the nicest-looking box on the planet.
Grade 6 original box (one end flap is missing part of the top layer; tears; creases; stains; tape inside; glue residue). One end is a little ugly but this box is still useful as it is square and sturdy -- it will protect the car in shipping and in storage. It is also the correct box for this version and vintage of the X3464 NYC: it is a "Middle Classic" box without "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on the sides and it is the smaller-style box without interior coupler flaps thus allowing the steps to be turned around inside.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A sharp-looking car! The X3464 boxcars are very common but they are very hard to find this nice!
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3484 Pennsylvania Operating Boxcar E++/OB Yes $135 A sharp, brown-painted PRR boxcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1953 only: has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches on the metal frame and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint plus the mechanism works perfectly! Has the correct (all-blue) original man.
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct, original instruction sheet #3474-14, dated 6/53 (tears, creases & discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape & tape residue). Even with the imperfections, this box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very nice, prototypical-looking car and with its famous Pennsy name, it is the perfect add-on to a train headed up by a Pennsy Turbine or GG1!
3494-625 Soo Line
Operating Boxcar
E+ Yes $575 A Tuscan-brown Soo Line operating boxcar from 1957-58: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus the mechanism works perfectly and it has the correct original man with painted face and hands.
Photo of the roof.

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 $110 Orange-painted stock car with the "ARMOUR" emblems from 1949 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has five original cows -- no corral or ramp, just the car and some cows.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp -- rust-free and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and near-perfect decals. Tested and the car works well (although the cows mosey through the car as they take their own sweet old time).
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue); this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The 3656 with the "ARMOUR" stickers is much harder to find than the common version.
3672 Bosco Car Car:
E+++

Stand:
See Notes

OB
Yes $475 The Corn Products operating "Bosco" car from 1959-60: has bar-end, metal trucks with one magnetic coupler and one tab coupler. This large "O-gauge" unpainted-yellow reefer has brown heat-stamped lettering plus a brown roof and brown doors.
Photo of the car.
The car is gorgeous; very, very clean with beautiful lettering and perfect decals plus a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Works great!
Photo of the car's roof.
Has the correct, unique, original stand (platform) which is painted brown and dark yellow.
Photo of the platform.
Some paint loss and there is a minor twist in one of the railings. In addition, the metal tray is tarnished but the tray is the same one used on the common milk car stand -- and the tray has been reproduced, so upgrading this item is easy.
Photo of the back of the platform.

Comes with the original envelope #3672-7 containing seven (7) original, correct, non-magnetized yellow syrup cans. An original instruction sheet #3662-81, dated 2/57 (missing a small piece, tears, discolored) is also included; however, the instruction sheet is technically incorrect as it should have a date of 5/59.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet & syrup cans.
Note that the cans are ORIGINAL but the "BOSCO" lettering is virtually 100% gone stemming from handling and the passage of time. However reproduction yellow syrup cans are available.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! Even with the imperfections, it is still one of the nicest 3672 boxes we have ever seen!
Photo of the box insert.
The "picture" side has a depiction of the contents -- one of the few boxes where Lionel showed the consumer what was inside!
Photo of the "picture" side.

A sharp, photogenic, "action" car that works very well -- one that we not had in quite some time! It is in a very presentable box and comes with the RARE 3672-7 envelope that is almost always missing!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3672 Bosco Cars.
6025 Gulf
1-dome
Tank Car
Ex. Yes $ 45 Orange single-dome tank car from 1957-58: has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small stains and some light scratches plus a few muted (but very readable) letters. The car is nice overall: all intact, no cracks plus it is clean with nice Gulf logos!
Two "aerial" views.
We have not had an orange 6025 Tank Car for sale in years -- it has become a hard car to find.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $175
SOLD
A burnt-orange tank car from 1956: 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 8+ original box (small tears; scuffs; minor dirt). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very, very nice piece of prototypical-looking rolling stock in a high-quality box!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6346 Alcoa Hopper E++/OB Yes $195
SOLD
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.
Small chip on the bottom rail on one side and that's about it for 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 9 original box (minor tears; a few scuffs). A SOLID box: clean; complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

An attractive, prototypical-looking car in the nicest 6346 box we have ever had! The Alcoa Hopper is very difficult to find in collector-quality condition but this one is stunning!

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.
6356 New York Central
Stock Car
Ex./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.
Some minor paint loss on the roof plus a few small scratches 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.

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.
Two different versions of the 6414 Auto Loader:
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $475 One of the rarest versions of the ever-popular car carrier: this one is from the '60s and has four bright lemon-yellow autos with gray bumpers. It is the correct flat with mold #6511-2 plus middle AAR trucks and the number "6414" on the left.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the superstructure and that's about it for flaws on the car! Both the flat and the metal superstructure are very clean with sharp lettering. There is no rust and nothing is cracked or broken.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 cars are ORIGINAL! Each one is in excellent-plus (or better) condition overall with only some minor discoloration on the roofs.
Photo of the front & back of all four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original ("Picture") box (tears; creases; minor scuffs; glue residue; "period" writing). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
This is the correct box for the flat with middle AAR trucks and the load of four cars with gray bumpers!

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the auto loader boxed and in collector-quality condition. It is a sharp piece with four very-hard-to-find cars & a very-hard-to-find 6414 box!
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $225 The ever-popular Automobile Transport Car with four multi-colored, (premium) autos from 1959-60: the flat has the 6424-11 frame with "6414" on the left plus early AAR trucks with metal knuckles.
Photo of the other side of the car and autos.
Minimal flaws on the autos! All 4 autos (turquoise, red, white & yellow) are ALL ORIGINAL and each one is clean and completely intact!
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
Minimal flaws on the car as both the flat and the metal superstructure are completely intact and very clean with sharp lettering.
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (minor creases; a couple of stains on one end flap; panel partially separated; missing the "PUSH" tab). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
It is also the correct box for the flat with premium autos and early AAR trucks.
Photo of the front of the box.

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6414 Auto Loader with the correct box! The car is somewhat unusual but the box is really hard to find -- especially this nice! Note that this item is complete as Lionel eliminated the paperboard carriers before 1958.
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(6415) Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 65
SOLD
Silver, 3-dome tank car from 1953 with dark blue (almost black) lettering, silver brakestand and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with a second circle around the circled "L" of the Lionel logo plus "8000 GALS." & "TANK" (but without "6415") on the tank sides.
File photo showing the lettering on this car compared to another version of the 6415.
Common tarnishing of the metal railing plus a few small scratches and a little box rub on top. The flaws are minor and this car is very, very clean with bright silver, crisp lettering & nice graphics! The overflow pipes are completely 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; tape inside; some dirt; store price stamping; writing; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car in a very presentable box!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $125
SOLD
A silver GULF 3-dome tank car from 1956-58: has blue lettering, a black frame and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor flaws: some box rub plus the common issues associated with silver paint and the usual tarnishing of the metal handrails. Overall, it is a very, very clean car with bright silver paint, crisp lettering & sharp graphics! The overflow pipes are completely intact as are the steps on the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; minor tears; stains). A solid box: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking prototypical car in a very presentable box! The 6425 is one of only two triple-dome tank cars made by Lionel in the postwar era and it is much harder to find than its 6415 (Sunoco) counterpart.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6425 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 104 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6425's provenance including its design, development and history.
6428 United States
Mail Car
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $125 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1965-66: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has late AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; minor stains; small scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
This box is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a solid box!

This car is the non-operating version of the 3428 Mail Car listed above. Feeling patriotic? Want both?
SPECIAL: $295 plus shipping for both the 3428 and the 6428 -- a savings of $25!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1957 only with all-original, gray Cooper-Jarrett vans. Flat is the uncommon version with the number on right and AAR trucks mounted on truck supports.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The flat has a few tiny foreign paint flecks on the metal rack and that is it for flaws; it is very, very clean with nice, white lettering. The vans have a few light scratches (nothing major) -- they are clean overall and completely intact with no significant flaws.
An "aerial" showing the roofs of the vans and the car's decking.

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

Not an easy version to find! It is a sharp, prototypical car with a decent 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.
6434 Poultry Car E+ Yes $ 60 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
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 85 Red-painted LV open quad hopper from 1966: version without "NEW" date on the sides; has later AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6436-110" but only "6436" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the top edges, a small scratch inside by the spreader brace and a couple of weak numbers on one side. That's it for flaws; it is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy! Hard to imagine finding a nicer window box!
Photo of the front of the box.
The red 6436 LV quad hopper was sold from 1963 to 1968 but the "Window" box and the later AAR trucks (with open journal boxes) help to date this car as a 1966 item.

A sharp car with a very, very strong box! It is also only the second 6436-110 window box we have ever had for sale!
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 25 Maroon short hopper from 1952-55: has white lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub and a couple of small paint chips and that's about it for flaws! It is a very clean car with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the inside.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6456 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 91 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6456's provenance including its design, development and history.
6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

Car:
Ex.
OB
Yes $ 30 A painted-black NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering: version from late 1949 with a type I body containing three lines of weight data and a complete built date plus metal frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Comes with the correct ORIGINAL load of six (6) unstained large wooden drums; the drums have two hoops plus top and bottom rims.
Photo of the drums and an "aerial" view of the car.
Some box rub and paint chips on the high spots of the body plus the lettering is not as white as when new. Overall the car is clean with very readable lettering and a nice rust-free frame.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps plus the tuck on one end flap and a small piece of the box nearby and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; store stampings). A presentable box even with the imperfections as it is clean, square and study. It is also the correct larger box (with no suffix) for this version of the 6462 black gondola with steps.
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 cars from the late '40s are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition and in particular, the painted-black 6462 with steps is not an easy one to locate!
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $ 55 A painted, DARK-tile red NYC long gondola with white lettering. Version from 1950-51 with the "N" in the second panel, brakewheels and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Comes with the correct original load of six (6) unstained large wooden drums.
An "aerial" view showing the drums and the inside of the car.
A gorgeous car -- very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; missing a small piece and the inner flap on one side and the end is taped shut; tears; creases; scrapes).
Another view of the box.
Not a great box but it has both end flaps and the box is clean, square and sturdy! It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.

It is one of the nicest painted gondolas we have ever had! The load is a major plus as it is often missing.
6464-25 Great Northern Boxcar E++/OB Yes $135
SOLD
Orange G.N. boxcar from 1953: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is 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; minor stains; tape inside; "period" writing). The box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very strong box!
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar Ex. Yes $135
SOLD
A NYC Pacemaker boxcar from 1954: version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides plus unpainted red multi-block doors. Has rubber-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some scuffs, paint chips and rub marks but nothing severe. The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

The 6464-125 NYC boxcar was produced from 1954 to 1956 but the paint scheme and couplers help to date this car as a 1954 item.

A good-looking car!
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $260
SOLD
An early example of the "Green Mountain Gateway" boxcar: 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 plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean car with very, very nice lettering and vibrant paint! It rivals some of the nicest Rutland boxcars we have ever had!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is one of the better 6464-300 boxes from 1955 that we have had. It has both end flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the Rutland.
Another view of the box.

The 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar was sold in 1955 and 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box plus the placement of the lettering and the trucks all help to identify this piece as a 1955 item.
File Photo showing both the 1955 & 1956 versions of the 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar.

A sharp, very photogenic and prototypical-looking boxcar in a decent box!
6464-375 Central of Georgia
Boxcar
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $140 Maroon & silver boxcar (Type IV body) from 1966 only: has maroon & white lettering, interior roof ribs, no "built date" on the sides plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor factory imperfection in the catwalk from the molding process and that's it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant silver paint and nice graphics -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a few creases).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy with a clear window that has no tears -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the window.

A great-looking, colorful car -- and in the nicest "6464-375" window box we have ever seen!
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $185
SOLD
A gorgeous 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.
Common excess decal glue (factory) on one side -- that's it for 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 9 original (Hillside) box (small tears; some discoloration; price sticker residue). This 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 superb beautiful, brick-like box!
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 85 A B & M boxcar from 1957-60: version with unpainted, medium-blue (type III) body with interior roof ribs, complete built date and unpainted black, multi-block doors. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking, prototypical piece of rolling stock! It is also the first "Type III" Boston & Maine Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-500 Timken
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $250 An unpainted, light-yellow Timken boxcar that was NEVER USED: later "type IV" version from 1969: has a ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus metal trucks with tab couplers. The body has a white-painted middle side band and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and beautiful graphics.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original ("HILLSIDE") box (tears; small bumps; minor crease; glue residue). This brick-like box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this version of the Timken boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very unusual box! We have had the "Classic" box, overstamped "Picture" box and the "Hagerstown" box for the Timken Boxcar in the past but this is the first 6464-500 "Hillside" box we have ever had!
6464-525 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $185 A first-production-run version, of the red and white M & St. L boxcar: made in early 1957, it has a type IIb body with bar-end, metal trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small scratches on the body and that's it for flaws! The car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; a little wavy). The box is complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-525 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a decent box.
6464-825 Alaska Railroad
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $425 Yes, the ALASKA! A "type III" ALASKA boxcar from 1959-60: 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.
Small chip on one of the roof hatch handles plus a little box rub on one door handle and that is about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, beautiful graphics and beautiful lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck piece on one end and that end is taped shut; un-original tuck piece on the other end flap; missing a small piece of each end flap; amateur repairs with lots of tape inside; creases; tears; panel partially separated; 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, this box is decent as 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! 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 $175 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains, tape). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6467 "Miscellaneous" Car E++/OB Yes $110 A Bulkhead Car from 1956 only: red with white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some surface rust spots on the underside of the trucks and that's about it for 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 (writing; tears; some dirt; glue residue; punctures).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo showing the side with writing.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock for your layout and it is in a very strong box! Note that Lionel never furnished a load with this hard-to-find car.
6468-25 New Haven
Automobile Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $185
SOLD
New Haven double-door boxcar from 1957-58: unpainted dark-orange body with black and white lettering plus black doors. Version with half 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 gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; "aged" look). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "-25" box for the NH version of the 6468 boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A nice prototypical-looking car in one of the nicest 6468-25 boxes we have ever had! The NH is much harder to find than its counterpart -- the blue 6468 B & O double-door boxcar.
Two different versions of the 6473 Horse Transport Car:
6473 Horse Transport Car E+++/OB Yes $ 95 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.
6473 Horse Transport Car E++/OB Yes $ 95
SOLD
A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1962-63: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the light yellow version with red lettering. Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dented; tape; mildly distorted). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete 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 (with a DEEP or CADMIUM yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
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6476 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++ Yes $ 40
SOLD
An unusual LV short hopper from 1957-58: has black lettering on a gray "Type V" body plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. It is very clean with beautiful lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Only the second gray 6476 hopper we have ever had available for sale!
6477 "Miscellaneous" Car
with Pipes
Load:
Fair

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $ 85
SOLD
A Bulkhead Car with the correct load of five original 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.
The pipes all have various issues: cracks, creases, distorted, discoloration, etc.
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the car: it is very, very clean with strong lettering plus the stakes, bulkhead ends and truck supports are all ORIGINAL!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (small crease; minor dirt; "period" price stampings on one end flap). A SOLID box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $325
SOLD
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 early 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 on one side 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 a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; scuffs). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6572 Railway Express Agency
Refrigerator Car
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $160 REA Reefer from 1963 that was NEVER USED! It is the later (light-green) version with AAR trucks.
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.
The car is just spectacular: very, very clean with crisp lettering, perfect decals and nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (scuffs; minor stains). A SOLID box: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Picture" box for this version of the 6572 reefer.
Another view of the box.

A superb & prototypical-looking car in a very, very nice box!
Two different versions of the 6656 Stock Car:
6656 Stock Car E+/OB Yes $ 35 A small painted lemon-yellow stock car with black heat-stamped lettering from early 1951: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with nice, vibrant paint, crisp, near-perfect lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the shorter (non-"OPS") box, the absence of frame steps and the staple-end trucks all help to date this car as a 1951 item.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains). A few flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.
Has an old "Madison Hardware" label on the side of the box thus giving us a little history of this car.

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 small painted dark-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor paint loss on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the absence of frame steps and the bar-end trucks 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 nice.
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6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E+/OB Yes $110
SOLD
The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1955: white sides with brown doors and a brown roof plus bar-end trucks with tab 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.
A sharp car -- very, very clean with strong lettering and minimal flaws!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; amateur repairs; glue residue; lots of tape). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is complete, square & sturdy.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

The 6672 Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box plus the tab couplers and the black knuckle rivets all help to date this item as a 1955 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.
6801
(-50)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $160 Red flatcar from 1958-60 with ORIGINAL (yellow) Boat: flat has early AAR trucks and mold #6511-2 with "6801" on left. Boat: off-white deck with a deep yellow hull. Catalogued by Lionel as 6801-50 but only "6801" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: one small stain on the decking and that's about it for flaws. It is completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking plus the interior of the boat with the Lionel identification.
Boat: one small scuff plus the usual factory glue residue on the hull and that's about it for flaws. It is completely intact and very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks! Has the original elastic tie-down band.
Another "aerial" view showing the car's decking plus the boat's hull.

Photo of the box and the insert.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; minor creases; tape inside; glue residue). Has the insert and this box is solid: very clean, square and sturdy -- plus it is not an easy box to find!
Another view of the box.

Nice all-original piece with the correct "-50" box with the rare insert that is usually lost! The yellow boat is the hardest of the three colors to find. The yellow boat is also the most attractive of the three colors but I may be biased as yellow is my favorite color.

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