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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
3424 Wabash
Operating
Brakeman Car
E++/OB Yes $ 90 The Wabash brakeman car from 1956:
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."
Just the common (small) catwalk blemishes caused by the chemical interaction of the rubber figure and the plastic body of the car and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very clean with nice 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; mildly distorted; tape residue; stains; no insert).
Another view of the outer box.
A few flaws but the box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy.

Photo of the component box.
Grade 8 original 3424-100 "Bridge Signal Set" component box. This box has some small tears and an "aged" look but that's about it for flaws! It is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the telltales and hardware.
Has the "Low Bridge Signal Set" -- two telltales plus the original bases and "O" gauge hardware (some discoloration) for the poles. The "027" gauge hardware prices are reproduction items.
Another view of the component box.

Gorgeous car with very strong boxes! It is 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.
3435 Operating
Aquarium Car
VG Yes $ 85 An operating, illuminated Aquarium Car from 1959-62: version with yellow rubber-stamped lettering. The green-painted body has two cutouts on each side and a cutout on each end providing a view of "fish swimming" when the car is energized; has an "ON/OFF" lever extending through the bottom of the car plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The "4" on one side is almost non-existent and there are some scratches, small paint chips and box rub but nothing major. In addition, one of the tank windows has a scratch near the bottom and the chassis has rust on some of the metal parts.
Photo showing both ends of the car.
The car is fairly clean overall and there are no cracks plus most of the lettering is very, very nice and the tank windows are very clear!
Two views of the roof.
The car lights and works although it can get noisy at different voltage levels (a common quirk with this car). If the racket is troublesome, the switch allows you to stop the fish from swimming and you will still have an illuminated piece of rolling stock for your layout.

This interesting "Fish Bowl" on wheels is a great example of Lionel's ingenuity!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3435 Aquarium Cars.
3444 Erie
Operating Gondola
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $175 Animated Cop & Hobo Car from 1957-59 that was NEVER USED! Has a molded-red body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with one magnetic coupler and one tab coupler. It is the later (more reliable) version with two roller contacts.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with spectacular lettering and original figures (cop's night stick has a slight bend).
Two "aerial" views.
A great-looking car with some "play value!" This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It is a terrific source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (creases).

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

Only the third unused 3444 we have ever had and this one is sharp! In addition, the car was "bench tested" and it works perfectly!

A recently-published guidebook had this to say about the 3444 gondola: "In the April 1957 of All Aboard at Lionel (an internal newsletter provided to employees and later major customers), the 3444 was heralded as one of the 'Stars of 1957.' It lived up to that early billing and was an immediate hit, as the never-ending action of the Cop & Hobo delighted audiences of all ages."
X3464 A.T. & S.F.
Operating Boxcar
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Orange-painted Santa Fe boxcar with black heat-stamped lettering: version from early 1950 with steps on the frame, black, metal doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some box rub and a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus all four corner steps are intact. Has the correct original man with painted face and hands plus the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3464-28 dated 1/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

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

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

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

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6014 Bosco
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 30 Red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from 1958 only: has the correct chassis with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scuffs plus rust spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with very strong lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Just a nice piece of rolling stock -- one that we don't get in very often.
X6014 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 22 A nice red PRR 8 1/2 inch "plugged door" boxcar with white lettering from 1955: has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with strong lettering and a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the roof.

The X6014 Baby Ruth boxcar was made from 1951-1956 but the trucks and the couplers help to date this car as a 1955 item. It is a good-looking, inexpensive piece of rolling stock.
6315 Gulf Chemical
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $110 A burnt-orange tank car from 1956-57: the ends and middle band are black; the dome platform and ladders are metal and the tank is mounted on a black plastic frame with bar-end metal trucks and tab couplers. Version with a semi-gloss finish on the broad orange bands.
Photo of the other side.
Minor rust on the platform and ladders plus the usual tarnishing of the railings and that's about it for flaws! This prototypical-looking car is completely intact and very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is much nicer than what the photos show!
An "aerial" view.

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

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

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

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

Car:
E++
Yes $175 General-style flatcar from 1960 only with its correct load: an ORIGINAL yellow auto with gray bumpers.
Photo of the other side.
The unpainted black flat has white heat-stamped lettering plus truss rods and arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.
The truss rods have a little rust and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets!
Photo of the front & back of the auto.
The auto has some surface scratches and a little glue residue on the bottom; it is very clean with a very clear windshield and very clear windows all around plus it is completely intact.
Photo of the bottom of the auto.

Only the second 6404 flat we have ever had! It is a very scarce item!
6411 Flatcar with Logs E+ Yes $ 75 Light-gray, die-cast flatcar from 1948-50: black, serif lettering on the frame plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of three original large, stained logs and the original stakes!
Photo of the other side.
One log has a scrape that may have come from the factory that way as the staining is even. Minimal flaws on the flat! It is a very clean car with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus all four corner steps are intact!
Photo of the logs and the car's decking.

A realistic-looking piece of rolling stock! We have not had a 6411 Flatcar in over three years as it is much harder to find than the earlier 2411 flatcar (with coil couplers).
6415 Sunoco
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $ 45
SOLD
Silver, 3-dome tank car from 1953 with silver brakestand and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with dark blue (almost black) lettering plus "6415" and "8000 GALS." on tank sides.
An "aerial" view.
Some box rub on the high spots on the top plus the usual discoloration of the metal railings and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice even silver, crisp lettering & sharp graphics!
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; writing; lots of tape inside). Overall this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square and fairly sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car!
6436-1 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 95 A black-painted LV open quad hopper from early 1955: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust on the truck supports and that's about it for flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! Has the original spreader brace.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (one inner flap -- while original -- is not original to this box; tears; creases; punctures; tape inside; glue residue). A few imperfections but this box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical piece of rolling stock in a decent box!
X6454 Pennsylvania
Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 75 Tuscan-painted (9 1/4 inch) boxcar with white letters: 1950-51 version with plastic doors and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean car with strong lettering!
Two views of the roof.
A sharp, prototypical-looking car.
6456 Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E++/OB Yes $ 55 A black LV short hopper from 1948-51: has white lettering, interior corner braces (which are unique to the early version of this hopper) plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering!
Two views of the inside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good-looking car in a very strong box!
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $195 A black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
Photo of the roof.

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

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

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-250 Western Pacific
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $375 A superb W.P. boxcar from 1966 only that was NEVER USED: has an orange-painted body on a type IV gray mold. Version with blue rubber-stamped feather plus white heat-stamped lettering and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and spectacular graphics.
Photo of the roof.

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

A colorful and photogenic piece of rolling stock in a very strong box! It is the nicest 6464-250 boxcar we have ever had for sale!
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
See Notes Yes $ 75
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.
A few paint chips on the roof plus some minor rust spots on the truck plates. The sides are in E+ condition and the car is a very clean overall with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the roof.

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

A very photogenic and prototypical-looking boxcar!
Two different versions of the 6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcar:
6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $160
SOLD
A sharp B & O Time-Saver boxcar: later version from 1969 with a type IV body 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.
A few rub marks on the roof and that's about 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 7+ original (Hillside) box (tears; creases; small amount of discoloration on one end flap from the removal of a price sticker). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It's also an interesting box with a factory error: the "6464-400 / Baltimore & Ohio / Box Car" identification was stamped upside down!
Another view of the box.

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

A good-looking boxcar that is perfect for a layout.
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6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+++ Yes $110 A sharp GN boxcar from 1966: has an olive-painted (type IV) body with interior roof ribs plus an orange-painted middle side stripe bordered by upper & lower yellow stripes with yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering. Has late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals.
Photo of the roof.

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

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

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

A very nice-looking boxcar -- and in a very presentable box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $160 A jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus the white background of the graphics is not as white as when new and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and strong graphics!
Photo of the roof.

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

A good-looking, photogenic boxcar with a decent box.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
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 1950: has a tri-color rubber-stamped Sunoco herald plus blue rubber-stamped technical data.
Photo of the other side.
Has a Type II frame with "6465" rubber stamped on the bottom (no number on tank sides) plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Some box rub plus the usual light stains associated with silver paint and that's about it for flaws. It is a very, very clean car with nice silver plus crisp lettering and sharp graphics! The frame is rust-free with the "6465" number rubber stamped on the bottom.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; "aged" look). A SOLID box: clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct, (shorter-style allowing the trucks to be turned around) "Middle Classic" box with "6465" printed on every side.
Another view of the box.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $295 A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63 that was NEVER USED! Also known as the "Solid Fuel Motor Boat Transport Car," it was catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the car and boat.
Red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering carrying an ORIGINAL Boat with brown deck, white hull and jet nozzle. The flat has middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car and boat.
The boat has a little of the usual factory glue residue showing on the hull and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield and completely intact!
An "aerial" view showing the top of the boat and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the flat -- it is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets plus it has the original cradle and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo the bottom of the boat.
Has the original instruction sheet #6501-14 (dated 7/62) and the original SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the packet of pellets.

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

A sharp high-quality car in a very, very nice box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
6646 Stock Car E++ Yes $ 75 A good-looking, small "LIONEL LINES" stock car from 1957 only: has an unpainted orange body with black heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Note that Lionel provided steps on the corners of the frame but did not furnish a brakewheel with this car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with vibrant paint and sharp lettering! Has a nice rust-free frame plus all four corner steps are intact!
An "aerial" view.

The 6646 is essentially the non-operating version of the 3656 Cattle Car. It is not an easy car to find! Check your collection -- the car is very, very uncommon!
Two different versions of the 6656 Stock Car:
6656 Stock Car E++/OB Yes $ 30 A small painted lemon-yellow stock car from 1953 with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small paint chips and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and a nice, rust-free frame.
Two "aerial" views.

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

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car -- but not easy to find this nice.
6656 Stock Car E+ Yes $ 25 A lemon-yellow stock car with black lettering from 1950-51: has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One small scuff on the roof plus some minor paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice, vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

The 6656 came in many sets and is a fairly common car but they are not that easy to find nice.
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6828 Empty Flatcar
for the
Truck Crane
E++ Yes $ 30 Empty black flatcar (no load) from 1960-61 for the P&H Mobile Construction Truck Crane: flat has white lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The frame (mold #6424-11) has lower rail extensions.
Photo of the other side.
The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view.

Sharp, prototypical car.

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

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

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