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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: March 7, 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
2452X Pennsylvania
Gondola
E+ Yes $ 40 Black, 8-inch "PRR" short gondola 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.
Photo of the other side.
Version from 1947 with closed-base type staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car.
Some minor rust on the frame plus a couple of scratches inside and that's about it for flaws! It is sharp car: very clean with very nice lettering.

Has a Type Ib body mold and small "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.
3370 ===============
Western & Atlantic

Animated
Stock Car
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E+ Yes $ 65 Operating Sheriff & Outlaw ("WELLS FARGO") stock car from 1961-64:
Photo of the other side with the Sheriff taking aim.
Has a dark-green body with yellow heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
The outlaw has some paint chips on his right arm and his hat. The sheriff has fared better in shootouts over the years and only has a few paint chips on his hat. Minimal flaws on the car; it is very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame -- and the mechanism works perfectly!

One of the most interesting cars ever made by Lionel -- attractive, action packed and generally, problem free. If you like the "Old West" or if your layout has a western theme, this car will be a great addition to your collection.
Our Archives Page: more on 3370 Sheriff & Outlaw Cars.
3460 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
Ex.

Car:
E++
Yes $110 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: the "FRUEHAUF" signs look too nice to be original and the roofs were nicely glued -- the same way Lionel did on the white vans and the yellow vans (and should have done with the green vans). The roof on each van has some minor discoloration. Overall, both vans are still very presentable as they are completely intact and very clean with nice signs on the sides plus the red simulated side marker "lights" are almost 100% intact!
Close-up of the front of the vans.
Car: the metal rack has a few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws. The car is rust free and very, very clean with crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.
Not an easy piece to find and hence, we have had very few of these cars over the years!

Note: this item only came 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.
3482 Milk Car Car: E+

Stand: Fair
Yes $110 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car from 1954-55:
Photo of the car.
An off-white reefer with black, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has steps on the frame which are all intact.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some dirt around the lettering in spots and that's about it for flaws. The car is fairy clean with very strong lettering. The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body! The milk man is original and the car works great!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the platform (milk stand).
Includes the original 3462P milk stand. It is the correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Another view of the platform.
The decking is tarnished plus the base has some paint flaking and scratches. It will not win any beauty contests but it is original (and repros are available).
An "aerial" view of the platform.

Comes with the five (5) original, magnetized milk cans -- the correct number that came with the 3482. The cans are very clean and they are the correct ones for this car.

The 3482 is the last of the smaller "3400" milk car series and we have had very few of them over the years as they are harder to find than the 3462 & 3472 versions.
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 $135 Orange-painted stock car with the "ARMOUR" emblems from 1949 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. No corral, ramp or cows -- just the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp -- rust-free and very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and near-perfect decals. Tested with some original cows and the car works well!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; stains; some dirt; tape inside); a few imperfections but the box is complete, square and sturdy!
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.
6112
(-85)
Canister Car Load:
Good

Car:
E++
Yes $ 30 A blue "LIONEL" short gondola with white lettering plus the correct load of four ORIGINAL white canisters: version from 1957-58 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6112-85" but only "6112" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.
Two of the canisters have yellowed with age and all four have some stains. However, all four are completely intact and have strong lettering!
A close-up of the lettering on the canisters.

Nice car with an original load.
(6151) Flatcar with
Range Patrol Truck
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $195 Metal flatcar with ORIGINAL black & white Range Patrol Truck from 1958 only: version with yellowish-orange frame. Has black, rubber-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6151" but no number appears on the car!
Photo of the other side.
Load: the plastic "LIONEL RANCH" truck is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and it is completely intact. Has a repro elastic tie-down band.
Photo showing an "aerial" view of the truck and the flat's decking.
Flat: a few paint chips on the end rails and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust free, very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Close-up of the truck.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; minor creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also one of the nicest 6151 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

The 6151 is an interesting piece of rolling stock that would fit a western theme on a layout. We have had very few 6151s with the yellowish-orange frame over the years and this one is nice -- and it comes in a very, very strong box!
Our Archives Page: more information on 6151 Range Patrol Cars.
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E/E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 85 A special car designed to be used with the Culvert Loader or Culvert Unloader: the unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a black, metal holding ramp inside. Earlier version from 1956-58: molded in medium red, has the "built date" on the sides plus it has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Includes seven ORIGINAL culvert pipes.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the top edge of the metal tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering with a nice rust-free frame. The pipes have some tarnishing and scratches but they are ORIGINAL! Note that if you intend to use the pipes with one of the accessories, original pipes work much better than any of the repros that have been made over the years.
Photo of the culvert pipes and an "aerial" view of the car showing the inside.

We have not had a 6342 available for separate sale in years! It can be used with the 342, 345, 346 & 348 Culvert Accessories or it can be an additional item of rolling stock for your layout.
6416 Boat Transport Car Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $350 The scarce "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 with four ORIGINAL blue and white cabin cruiser-type boats. The red flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The black metal superstructure has white rubber-stamped lettering. This car shares the same design as the 6414 Auto Loader.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. The metal superstructure (rack) has a few light scuff marks and that's about it for flaws; it is rust free and very clean with nice lettering and vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and tops of the boats.
Each boat is in excellent plus, plus or better condition with only minor flaws.
Photo of the boats.

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

The 6416 is a rather difficult car to find these days and we have had very few for sale over the years!
6428 United States
Mail Car
E++/OB Yes $125 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1960: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small scratch in the white on one side and that's about it for flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape inside; small stains; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a very strong box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125 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!
6434 Poultry Car E+/OB Yes $ 95 Large, illuminated, stock car from 1958-59 also known as the "Chicken Car." Has a red-painted body with white lettering plus un-painted gray doors with black lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice inserts!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking car -- and the lights do work!
6436
(-110)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 95 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!
X6454 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+ Yes $125 Reddish-brown painted (9 1/4 inch) SP boxcar with white heat-stamped lettering and early SP herald (with the break in the outer circle between the "R" & "N" letters): version from 1949 only with corner frame steps, painted metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- this car is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

A scarce, prototypical-looking car in nice condition! It is also one of the harder cars from the "X6454 Series" to find.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+ Yes $ 35 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!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $110 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (both end flap tucks are un-original to this box; tears; creases; tape; glue residue; "aged" look). Some flaws but it is the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

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.
Two different versions of the 6462 New York Central Gondola:
6462 New York Central
Gondola
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 45
SOLD
A very nice, black-painted NYC gondola (type IIa body) with white, heat-stamped lettering: version from 1954 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six original stained wooden barrels.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! In addition, the frame is rust free and the metal tabs were never bent.
Photo of the barrels and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; scrape). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct smaller ("Middle Classic") box for this car allowing the trucks to be turned around inside.
Another view of the box.

A sharp car with an original load and in one of the nicest 6462 boxes we have ever had!
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!
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6464
(-1)
Western Pacific
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $195 Here's a boxcar that does show up very often in nice condition but this one is nice! It's the very first "6464" boxcar made by Lionel in the postwar era -- the silver-painted WP boxcar (type I) with blue heat-stamped lettering from 1953-54: has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Silver cars are never perfect but this one is a very clean car with only minor blemishes: just a little box rub plus the usual telltale signs of it having been handled over the years.
Two "aerial" views.
The car has nice bright silver and gorgeous lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; a few stains; tape inside). This brick-like box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

It has been years since we have had a presentable 6464-1 boxcar for sale. This one is a good-looking car in a very, very strong box!
6464-25 Great Northern Boxcar E++/OB Yes $135 Orange G.N. boxcar from 1953-54: semi-gloss version with 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 "aerial" views.

Photo of the box
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; code stamping). The box is solid: clean, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6464-75 Rock Island
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $175 A sharp R.I. boxcar from 1969 that was NEVER USED! Later (type IV) version with ribbed-roof interior, multi-block doors and no built date on the sides. The car is green with gold heat-stamped lettering plus it has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is absolutely stunning -- very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and with lettering that just sparkles! The car is much nicer than what the photos show.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original (HAGERSTOWN) box (end flap tuck tears; creases; small puncture; discoloration from a price sticker).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-75.
Photo of one of the long sides of the box.

Just a gorgeous car in a very strong box. It is the nicest 6464-75 boxcar we have ever seen!
6464-125 New York Central Boxcar Ex. Yes $135 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 flaws 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!
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 A good-looking M. P. boxcar from 1957: version with an unpainted gray (Type IIb) body with royal-blue painted bands. Has the "Eagle" on left, leading "E" is 1/2 inch high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on each side, solid-yellow (multi-block) doors and no grooves in roof. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub in spots and that's 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 7+ original box (tears; glue residue; tape inside; minor stains). A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150! This car will be an upgrade for most collectors.
Two different versions of the 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcar:
6464
(-200)
Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E+ Yes $275 A very nice 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.
Some box rub on one of the doors and on one of the ladder rungs and that's about it for flaws: the car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car.

The early 6464-200 Pennsylvania is one of the harder 6464 boxcars to find -- especially in this condition!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
6464
(-200)
Pennsylvania
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $160 Tuscan-painted PRR boxcar that was NEVER USED: later (type IV) version from 1969 with multi-block doors, a ribbed-roof interior and no built date on the sides plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6464-200" but only "6464" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Photo of the roof.

A good-looking, prototypical boxcar that would represent an upgrade for most collectors!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
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6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $185 A black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
An "aerial" view of the car.

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

A sharp, prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! Note that the 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcar was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box and the magnetic couplers help to date this piece as a 1954 car.

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $295 A nice W.P. boxcar from 1966 only: has an orange-painted body on a type IV gray mold. Version with blue rubber-stamped feather plus white heat-stamped lettering and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; price sticker residue; window is wrinkled).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this Hillside-window box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the window.

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is one of the nicest 6464-250 boxcars we have ever had for sale!
6464-275 State of Maine
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $125 The "BANGOR & AROOSTOOK" boxcar from late 1955: has dark-blue-painted upper bands and red-painted lower bands on an unpainted ivory "Type IIa" body mold (with side grooves.) Has rubber stamped lettering and multi-block, unpainted ivory doors with blue- and red-painted stripes plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some box rub in spots plus a few paint chips and that's it for flaws. The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; scrapes; tape; glue residue; mildly distorted; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is fairly clean & sturdy -- plus it is the correct ("Middle Classic") box for a 6464-275 from 1955.
Another view of the box.

Nice colorful car!
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E++ Yes $160 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!
An "aerial" view of the car.

The 6464-300 Rutland Boxcar was sold in 1955 and 1956 but the placement of the lettering and the trucks 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!
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+ Yes $110 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 $295 A very, very nice unpainted yellow Timken boxcar from 1957 that was NEVER USED! Has a type IIb body with the complete "built date" ("BLT 3-57 / BY LIONEL") on the sides. Has white-painted middle side bands and black lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is sharp: beautiful graphics, spectacular lettering and very, very clean!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (writing; scuffs; minor tears). Some imperfections but this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very, very strong box! It is much harder to find than the later (type IV) Timken from 1969.
6464-650 Rio Grande
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $235 D & R G W (type IIb) boxcar from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED: version with "built date" plus metal trucks with tab couplers. Has an unpainted yellow body with silver painted roof and lower side bands with black heat-stamped lettering and black heat-stamped striping separating the yellow and silver.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice silver, sharp striping and crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dented; mildly distorted; tape inside). A decent box overall as it is clean, complete, fairly square & sturdy! It is also the correct box for the early version of this car.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, very colorful, very attractive and very photogenic car! It is also first unrun early-version Rio Grande Boxcar we have ever had for sale!
Three different versions of the 6465 Sunoco 2-dome Tank Car:
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E/OB Yes $ 45 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1948-49: version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus corner frame steps and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few weak letters plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint (rub marks and moisture spots). It is a very clean car overall with a nice rust-free frame that has all four steps intact and the "6465" clearly visible underneath!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; some dirt & stains). The box is still very presentable as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy --- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.
It is the correct, long box to accommodate the steps; it is also an "Early Classic 3-Cities" box with "SAN FRANCISCO" printed on it.

A nice prototypical piece of rolling stock; you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars.
6465 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 40
SOLD
Silver 2-dome tank car from 1955: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" on the tank sides plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Close-up of the lettering showing the "6465" on the side.
The frame has a couple of rust spots in one corner and the tank has some box rub on the high spots. The car is very clean overall with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; somewhat distorted; tape inside; glue residue). Not a great box but it is complete and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage. It is also the correct, (short) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side for this version of the 6465 Sunoco tank car.
Another view of the box.

An uncommon version of the Sunoco tank car!
(6465) Sunoco
Tank Car
VG+/OB Yes $ 25 A silver 2-dome tank car from 1953-54: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom of the frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
Some box rub and a few light scratches on the tank plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. The car is clean overall with sharp lettering & graphics and a nice, rust-free frame with "6465" clearly visible!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; cuts; scrapes; mildly distorted; tape inside; glue residue). Not a wonderful box but it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage. It is also the correct, (short) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side for this version of the 6465 Sunoco tank car.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car that is perfect for an operator! Remember, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars on your layout.
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6472 Refrigerator Car E++/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
All-original white refrigerator car with black, heat-stamped lettering: transitional variation from 1951 -- the frame has corner steps plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very clean with nice crisp lettering! The doors and door frames are original and they are an exact color match to the car body!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (glue residue inside). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box -- the longer style (measuring 10 1/4 inches) which is needed to accommodate the steps as the trucks cannot be turned around.
Another view of the box.

The 6472 Refrigerator Car is the non-operating version of the 3472 Milk Car. This one is rather unusual and it comes in the nicest 6472 box we have ever had!
6475Libby's Vat Car ======
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
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Yes $225 The uncatalogued "CRUSHED PINEAPPLE" Vat Car: unpainted blue body with white, heat-stamped lettering. this one is the later version sold in 1963 & 1964 with arch-bar trucks and fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on both the vats and the car! The vats are very, very clean and the graphics on the vat decals are sharp; the car is also very, very clean with crisp lettering and intact steps plus a nice, rust-free frame -- and the car was NEVER USED!
An "aerial" view.

Over the years, we have had many Pickles Vat Cars but very few of the Libby's Vat Cars! Note that Lionel NEVER MADE a component box for this car!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6475 Pineapple Vat Cars.
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125 A brick-red flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes: Earliest version from 1953-54 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One pipe has a couple of dings but it is completely intact; the other four pipes are in excellent plus or better condition. A couple of paint chips on the car's decking and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrape from removing a price sticker; heavily taped). Even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square and very sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators. It is harder to find than the later red versions and the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
6536 M & St L
Hopper
E+++ Yes $225 Dark-red, painted Minneapolis & St. Louis open quad hopper with white heat-stamped lettering: odd variation from 1963 -- early AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
The car is absolutely stunning! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant red paint and crisp lettering! Has the original spreader brace and it is completely intact with no cracks!
An "aerial" view.

One of the nicest 6536 hoppers we have ever seen! This very attractive and photogenic piece of rolling stock does not appear in the market place very often; it is truly a scarce piece these days.
6636 Alaska Railroad Hopper E+/OB Yes $160 Black-painted ARR open quad hopper from 1959-60: has gold lettering, heat-stamped plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light rub marks on one side and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two "aerial" views showing the inside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; missing the "PUSH" tab; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
The box has some flaws but it has both end flaps, both interior coupler flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.

Sharp, prototypical-looking car in a very presentable box.
6646 Stock Car E+++ Yes $ 60 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, very clean with vibrant paint and crisp lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
Photo of the roof.

The 6646 is essentially the non-operating version of the 3656 Cattle Car. It is not an easy car to find and this one is gorgeous! Check your collection -- the car is very, very uncommon!
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 45 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.
A couple of small paint chips on the roof and that's it for flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap and the top layer of one corner of the box; tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside). Various flaws but the box is square and sturdy. It is also the correct (shorter) box for a car without steps, allowing the trucks to be turned around.
Another view of the box.
The 6656 Stock Car was sold from 1950 to 1953 but the shorter (non-"OPS") box, the absence of frame steps and the bar-end trucks all help to date this car as a 1953 item.

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car -- but not easy to find this nice.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E++/OB Yes $135 The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1956: white sides with brown doors, brown roof & bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has blue lettering and two lines of data 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.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean, rust-free car with crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; creases; glue residue; minor dirt; a few "bumps"). A solid box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also a very, very difficult box to find and this one represents the first "Late Classic" 6672 box we have ever had!
Another view of the box.

The 6672 Santa Fe Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954-56 but the (scarce) "Late Classic" box and couplers help to date this car as having been sold in 1956.

First 6672 from 1956 that we have ever had! It is a good-looking prototypical car in a very strong box! 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 $195 Red flatcar from 1957 (mold #6424-11 & "6800" on right) with an ORIGINAL (light-yellow over black) Airplane:
Photo of the other side.
Flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking and the top of the plane.
The flat is very clean with rust-free truck supports and crisp white lettering. Has a repro tie-down band.
Photo of the plane.
The Beechcraft "Bonanza" plane has a few scratches on the side windows but it is very clean overall with all tabs intact!
Another view 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.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; tears; some dirt). The box is very presentable as it is complete, fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #6800-62 dated 11/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Sharp car, nice original load, strong box -- plus a seldom-seen instruction sheet.
6801
(-75)
Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+++

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

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; tape inside; no inserts). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and the four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy!
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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