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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 27, 2023

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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
Two different versions of the 2452X Pennsylvania Short Gondola:
2452X Pennsylvania
Gondola
E++ Yes $ 45 Black, 8-inch "PRR" short gondola from 1946-47 with white heat-stamped lettering: catalogued by Lionel as "2452X" and "2452X" is stamped on the bottom of the frame but only "2452" is on the car's sides. Has closed-base type staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car.

Has a Type Ia body mold and small "G27" stamped on the sides.
File photo showing a comparison of Type Ia and Type Ib body molds.

A sharp-looking, prototypical freight car -- perfect for a layout with a coaling operation.
2452X Pennsylvania
Gondola
E+ Yes $ 35 Black, 8-inch "PRR" short gondola from 1946-47 with white heat-stamped lettering: has closed-base type staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Catalogued by Lionel as "2452X" and "2452X" is stamped on the bottom of the frame but only "2452" is on the car's sides.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car.
Small chip in the ribbing on one side plus a few minor scuffs and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice lettering.
Photo of the bottom of the frame showing the "2452X" stamping.

Has a Type Ib body mold and large "G27" stamped on the sides.
File photo showing a comparison of Type Ia and Type Ib body molds.

A good-looking, prototypical freight car -- perfect for a layout with a coaling operation.
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X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 75 A PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1947: 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!
Two views of the roof.

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!
3460 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+
Yes $ 85 Red flatcar from 1955-57 with green "FRUEHAUF" vans. Flat has white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Vans: one van is missing the large "FRUEHAUF" decal and about half of the smaller one; the other van has a scratch on one side. Overall, both vans are still very presentable as they are very clean with nice original "LIONEL TRAINS" signs on the sides and they have most of the side markers (essentially a dab of red paint) present. In addition the pony wheels (metal simulated set of front wheels) and the roofs are ORIGINAL!
Close-up of the front of the vans.
Car: a few scuffs plus the metal rack has a little paint loss; overall the car is still nice as it is completely intact and very, very clean with beautiful lettering.
Another view of the vans.
Not an easy piece to find and hence, we have had very few of these cars over the years!
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Note: this item only came unboxed with the 460 "Piggy Back Accessory Set" and was never available as a separate sale item. Therefore, no original component box exists for the 3460 Flat with Vans.
3494-275 State of Maine
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 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!
3672 Bosco Car Car:
E++

Stand:
E+

OB
Yes $450 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.
One "Bosco" decal has a slight separation and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and 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.
Usual tarnishing of the platform's metal tray but minimal flaws elsewhere. It is clean with nice vibrant paint -- one of the better ones we have ever had!
Photo of the back of the platform.

Comes with the original envelope #3672-7 (stains) containing seven (7) original, correct, non-magnetized yellow syrup cans with the "BOSCO" lettering virtually 100% intact!
Photo of the envelope and the syrup cans.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3662-81, dated 5/59 (tears, creases, discolored).

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (small pieces missing; tears; creases; scuffs; brittle; mildly distorted; lots of tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is fairly clean, complete, somewhat square and sturdy! Lots of imperfections but it is still one of the better 3672 boxes we have 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 we rarely have available! It is in a very useful box and comes with the RARE 3672-7 envelope that is almost always missing!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3672 Bosco Cars.
6014 Airex Boxcar VG+ Yes $ 35 An uncatalogued 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar from 1959 only: has an unpainted red body with yellow & white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Version with sans-serif "1" in "6014" numbering on each side.
Photo of the other side.
Some muted/rubbed-off letters on one side and that's about it for flaws. The car is completely intact and very, very clean!
Two aerial views.

A very attractive boxcar that is one of the harder "shorty" boxcars to find. It has been almost ten years since we have had a red 6014 Airex boxcar!
X6014 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 35 Red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from late 1955: has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A sharp-looking car: very clean with nice lettering and a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap & the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; writing). Even with the flaws, the box is presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The X6014 Baby Ruth boxcar was made from 1951-1956 but the combination of the "Middle Classic" box and the couplers (with silver pins) help to date this car as a late 1955 item. It is a fairly common car but in very uncommon condition.
6045 Lionel Lines
Tank Car
E++ Yes $110
SOLD
A very, very unusual 2-dome tank car from the early 60's: has a beige (also called tan) body with blue lettering plus arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a sharp car: very, very clean with nice lettering -- and all intact with no cracks or missing plastic!
Two "aerial" views.

Check your collection -- this car was not available for separate sale; believed to have come in some uncatalogued promotional sets in the early 60's but the documentation on this piece is a little unclear. It is not easy to find -- especially with catwalks that are not chipped! This is the first beige 6045 Lionel Lines tank car we have ever had for sale! Note that an individual component box for this item does not exist.
6162-60 Alaska Railroad
Gondola
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Yes $135 A colorful ALASKA long gondola from 1959 only: has an unpainted yellow body with blue 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: minimal flaws; it is very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets. Load: the canisters have a few rub marks and light surface scratches but they are clean overall 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 car!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6162-60 Alaska Gondolas.
6162
(-110)
New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E+++

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $ 55 A light-blue long NYC Gondola with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1961-64: has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6162-110" but only "6162" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct load of three unmarked white canisters that are in perfect condition!
An "aerial" view of the inside of the car and the tops of the canisters.
The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original "-110" picture box (tears; scuffs; tape; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
A solid, brick-like box: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

Colorful car with the correct load and in a very strong box!
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+++/OB Yes $175 A burnt-orange tank car from 1956-58: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers. Version with a flat finish on the broad orange bands.
Photo of the other side.
Usual tarnishing of the railings and that's it for flaws!
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
This prototypical-looking car is gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!

The 6315 is a fairly common car but not in this condition -- and certainly not with a box this nice! It is a high-quality freight car in a very strong box!

Our Archives Page has more information about 6315 Tank Cars.
6315
(-60)
Chemical
Tank Car
E+++/OB Yes $125 Unpainted-orange "LIONEL LINES" Tank Car from 1964: has black lettering plus late AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6315-60" but only "6315" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

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

A good-looking car in a very presentable (and very-hard-to-find) box!
6352-1 Union Pacific
Ice Car
(with station)
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Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about a very nice, boxed 352 operating Ice Depot Set.
(6406)Flatcar with Auto Load:
E++

Car:
E+
Yes $125 Brown General-style flatcar with the correct load -- an ORIGINAL yellow auto with gray bumpers.
Photo of the other side.
The flat has arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6406" but the flat is unmarked.
Photo of the auto.
The flat is very, very clean with nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
Another view of the auto.
The auto has a little glue showing on the underside of the front bumper and that's about it for flaws. It is very clean and completely intact with a very clear windshield and very clear windows all around!
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.

An uncatalogued & scarce item from the 60s! This is the only 6406 Flat with Auto we have ever had for sale! It is unlikely that a box exists for this item as Lionel included the 6406 unboxed in uncatalogued sets.
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
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Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run

OB
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Yes $275 An un-used car carrier from 1956-57 with four multi-colored (turquoise, red, white & yellow), (premium) autos that are still packaged in the original cardboard liners!
Photo of the other side.
The red flat has white heat-stamped lettering and the number "6414" on the right plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the top of both cardboard sleeves and an "aerial" view of the car's superstructure.

Both the flat and the metal superstructure are very, very clean with sharp lettering. The car was never run 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 front of the yellow car & the front of the turquoise car.
Although we did not take the cars from the packaging (as it is too easy to cause further damage to the sleeves), there is no question that the cars are all original as we did examine the bumpers, wheels and axles -- which are all visible and reflect the usual flaws associated with something 65 years old (some discoloration on the bumpers, some dirt on the tires and some rust on the axels).
Photo of the back of the white car and the back of the red car.
The cars appear to be intact. One sleeve has a small piece missing on one end and a couple of tears (grade 7); the other sleeve has a couple of tears and is a grade 9.
Photo of the bottom of both cardboard sleeves.

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

We seldom come across the inside packaging -- it is an interesting piece to have on display!
6424 Flatcar with Autos Load:
E+ & E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $195 A very unusual "Twin Auto Car:" black flatcar from 1958-59 with original "premium" automobiles (one yellow, one turquoise). The flat has early AAR trucks mounted directly on the frame (mold #6511-2) and "6424" on left.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean car with clean, crisp lettering and a rust-free superstructure (black metal rack) plus nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets and rack rivets.
Photo showing the front and back of both autos.
Glue residue above the grill on the turquoise auto and that's about it for flaws on the turquoise car; it is clean overall and all intact (E+).The corners of the bumpers on the yellow auto are somewhat tarnished and that's about it for flaws on the yellow car; it is very clean overall and all intact (E++).
An "aerial" view of the flatcar and the roofs of the autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original "-60" box (scrapes; tears; tape; minor writing). This box is solid: clean, complete, square and rather brick-like -- plus it is a tough one to find!
Another view of the box.

A very nice piece: a very uncommon car with AAR trucks -- and it comes in a rather scarce "-60" box! It is the nicest "-60" box we have ever had!
6425 Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $125
SOLD
A silver 3-dome tank car with the "GULF" logo from 1956-58: has blue lettering and a black frame with a black brakestand plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light scratches and a little box rub on the top plus some small rust spots on the metal railing and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice, bright silver!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (light scuffs and scrapes; store price sticker). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 6425 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car and in a gorgeous box! This car is much harder to find than its 6415 (Sunoco) counterpart.
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $110
SOLD
Red flatcar from 1956-57 with all-original, white Cooper-Jarrett vans.
Photo of the other side.
Flat has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo showing the front of both vans.
Flat: minor paint loss on the metal rack and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with strong lettering!
Photo showing the back of both vans.
Vans: the roof on one van is partially separated; both vans have some scuffs and minor nicks plus some original factory glue showing. They are both very clean overall.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; minor writing; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A nice, prototypical-looking car in a very nice box!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E- Yes $ 45 A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6456-25" but only "6456" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips plus some small moisture spots inside and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Two views of the interior.

Not perfect but still a good-looking car! The gray hopper is much harder to find than the similar maroon or black ones of the same era.
Our Archives Page has more about gray 6456 LV Hoppers.
6462
(-500)
New York Central
Gondola
Load:
Ranges
from
E- to
E+

Car:
E+++
Yes $175
SOLD
The pastel-pink, painted NYC long gondola from the GIRLS' SET: the body has blue, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers -- and the gondola is ORIGINAL!!! Has the correct original load: four white canisters with black lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous -- very, very clean with crisp lettering and vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Some scratches on one canister and some very minor blemishes on all four but overall they are very presentable: nothing is cracked or broken on any of them -- and the lettering is very strong on all four.
Close-up of the lettered side of the canisters.

The gondola from the Girls' Set is not an easy car to find! Available only in 1957 & 1958, it is one of the most interesting gondolas produced by Lionel in the postwar era and has become one of the most sought-after items by collectors. We have only had one other Girls' Gondola for sale and that was over seven years ago!
Two different versions of the 6464-150 Missouri Pacific Boxcar:
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $225 M. P. boxcar from 1954: unpainted navy-blue (type IIa) body with gray-painted roof, ends and center side bands plus "Eagle" on right, (with leading "E" being 5/8 inches high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on sides and solid-yellow (single-block) doors. Earlier version with bar-end metal trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; writing). The box is solid: complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Not an easy car to find nice but this one is sharp and it's in the correct (and very strong) "Middle Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 A good-looking M. P. boxcar from late 1957: version with an unpainted gray (Type IIb) body with royal-blue painted bands. Has the "Eagle" on left, leading "E" is 1/2 inch high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on each side, solid-yellow (multi-block) doors and no side grooves. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (one small crease; some minor stains; tiny scuffs). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150! Both the car and the box will be an upgrade for most collectors.
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6464
(-200)
Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $260
SOLD
A good-looking Tuscan-painted PRR boxcar: earliest version from 1954 with a "Type I" body, white, heat-stamped lettering and "NEW 5-53" on the sides plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6464-200" but only "6464" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A light scratch on one side plus some minor box rub on the roof 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; creases; scuffs; stains; ; tape inside; store price stamping). A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct ("Classic") box for the early version of the 6464-200 boxcar.
Another view of the box.

The early 6464-200 Pennsylvania is one of the harder 6464 boxcars to find (the last we had was over four years ago) and the box is very hard to find in nice condition! The earlier (type I & type IIa) versions of the 6464-200 are much harder to find than the later (type IV) version from 1969. This one is nice and it is in a very presentable box.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E+ Yes $135 Unpainted yellow body (Type IIa) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from early 1955 with: "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A light scratch on one side and a couple of small factory paint imperfections on the roof 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.

A sharp-looking freight car -- one of the nicest early-version Rutland boxcars we have ever had!
6464-375 Central of Georgia
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $175 Maroon C. G. boxcar: early version from 1956-57 with a "Type IIb body" and a complete "built date" on the sides plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with silver-gray painted roof & oval plus red & white lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust spots on a couple of the door guides and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice even paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; glue residue; minor stains). The box is SOLID: complete, clean, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Nice colorful car -- and it comes in a very, very strong box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+/OB Yes $185 A nice GN boxcar: olive-painted body with an orange-painted middle side strip plus yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering and a complete "built date" on the sides. Early version from 1956-57 (type IIb) with metal (bar-end) trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very small factory paint blemish in one roof panel plus a couple of very light surface scratches on one side and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; some dirt; tape inside). A very presentable box: fairly clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-450 GN boxcar!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful, good-looking car in a decent box.
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $235 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.
Just some minor box rub in spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; minor creases; a few scuffs; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus the window is intact -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct style box for this version of the 6464-700.
Photo of the front of the box.

Just a gorgeous car in a very nice box!
6464-725 New Haven
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $ 95 A good-looking NH boxcar: has a painted-orange (type IV) body and unpainted black, multi-block doors. Version from 1964-65 with black, heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in one roof panel and that's about it for flaws! The car is clean with vibrant paint and nice lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; writing; tape inside; glue residue). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
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.

A nice-looking boxcar -- and in a very presentable box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $185 A gorgeous jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963 that was NEVER USED!: 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.
Minor box rub on one of the doors and that's about it for 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 8 original box (small tears; minor creases; scuffs; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
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.
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 30 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953: version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the top of the catwalk in one corner and that's about it for flaws. It is a very, very clean car with beautiful lettering, sharp graphics and nice even silver.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; glue residue; tape inside; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square 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.
6465
(-60)
Gulf Tank Car E+/OB Yes $ 95 A painted-gray 2-dome tank car from 1958 only: has blue lettering plus early-AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6465-60" but only "6465" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and a couple of paint chips on the catwalks. That's it for flaws! The car is very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus the catwalks are all intact with no cracks! Has a nice rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; mildly distorted; tape inside). The unusual "Bold Classic" box was only used for part of the 1958 line; it is very presentable as it is clean, complete and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

These tank cars were once plentiful but for years they were ignored by collectors. Now they are very hard to find in collector quality condition! This one is nice and it has the correct "-60" box that is very, very hard to find -- one that we have not had in over five years!
6468 (X) ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
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E+/OB Yes $450 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.
The roof has a small factory paint blemish and some minor paint chips; minimal flaws on the sides! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; glue residue). A few imperfections but the box is clean, 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.
6473 Horse Transport Car E++ Yes $110 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from the '60s: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the light yellow version with maroon lettering. Has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A gorgeous car: very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

We have not had this version of the Rodeo Car for sale in over three years! (Note that this version never came in a component box.)

Excluding coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). A fifth version (with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6477 "Miscellaneous" Car
with Pipes
Load: E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $140
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 last version from 1958 with "6477" on the left plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Load: minimal flaws -- the pipes are clean and all intact with no cracks and they are ORIGINAL!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
Car: minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering plus the stakes, bulkhead ends and truck supports are all ORIGINAL!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; amateur repairs with lots of tape; glue residue). Various flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Only the second time we have ever had this version of the 6477; it is a scarce car from set #1605W!
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
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." Catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the left side of the flat 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. The elastic tie-down band is a repro.
Photo of the other side of the flat and boat.
Boat has a very small amount of the common factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is nice: very, very clean and all intact -- plus the hull has very little discoloration!
An "aerial" view of the flat and the boat.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original 6501-17 SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; tape; scuffs; creases; price sticker residue; "period" writing). Even with the imperfections, this box is solid as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a decent box! This 6501 is one of the nicest ones we have ever had!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6536 M & St L Hopper E+++ Yes $160 Red-painted Minneapolis & St. Louis open quad hopper with white, heat-stamped lettering. Earlier (and harder-to-find) version from 1958 with metal, bar-end trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A gorgeous car: all intact and very, very clean car with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace!
Two views of the interior.

A sharp car: one does not appear in the market place very often any more -- especially the earlier version!
6556 M-K-T
Stock Car
E+ Yes $325 The "KATY" -- a large, 2-level stock car from 1958 only: has a painted red body with white doors plus white, heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp car: very clean with nice vibrant red paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

This item is the hardest postwar stock car to find -- in any condition!
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!
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E++ Yes $110 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 black lettering & the circled-L Lionel logo.
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 -- completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering and minimal flaws!
Photo of the roof.

The 6672 Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the black lettering and tab couplers (with black rivets) all help to date this item as a 1955 car.

We have had very few 6672 Reefers with black lettering over the years. This one is 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.
6800 Flatcar with Airplane Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $165
SOLD
Red flatcar from 1958 with an ORIGINAL (black over dark-yellow) Airplane (with black upper wing surfaces and yellow prop): flat has mold number #6511-2 with "6800" on left plus white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice, shiny (rust-free) truck rivets and crisp lettering! Has the original elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking and the top of the plane.
The Beechcraft "Bonanza" plane is equally as nice! It is very, very clean with all tabs intact!
Photo of the plane.
The plane has the 6800-60 Lionel part number on the bottom identification plate.
Photo of the identification on the bottom of the plane.
Has the original instruction sheet #6800-62 dated 11/57 (creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5+ original box (missing a small part of two inner flaps; tears; creases; some dirt; amateur repairs with lots of tape; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Lots of flaws but the box has both end flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.

Sharp and very photogenic car with a nice original load!
6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $110 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 sharp: all intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
Boat: minimal flaws! The boat is very, very clean with a very clear windshield plus there is very, very little factory glue showing below the deck! Has the original elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; some light dirt marks; minor writing; no inserts). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, square & 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 very presentable box.
6801
(-75)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $110
SOLD
Red flatcar from 1958 with ORIGINAL (blue) Boat. Flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus mold #6424-11 with "6801" on left and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Boat has a cream-colored deck and a deep-blue hull.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
The bottom of the boat's hull has a couple of light scuffs and that's it for flaws; it is sharp -- very, very clean with a very clear windshield and no cracks!
Photo of the bottom of the boat's hull.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; writing; tape inside; glue residue; no inserts). Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy! Note that Lionel sold the 6801 Flatcar with a blue boat from 1958 to 1960 but the "Late Classic" box helps to date this one as 1958 production.
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous, all-original piece with the correct "-75" box!

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

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

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