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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 12, 2017

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel railroad work cars. Included here are inspection cars, ballast tampers, burro cranes, fire cars, gang cars, maintenance cars, tie-jectors, track cleaner cars, snow plows, crane cars, searchlight cars, log dumps, coal dumps and barrel cars plus other specialized pieces of rolling stock that are used for railroad maintenance and upkeep. Boxcars, refrigerator cars, stock cars, most flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, tank cars and vat cars are located on our Freight Cars web page. Cars from the "Space & Military" Series are shown on our Space & Military Cars web page and all cabooses and work cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page.

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Postwar Lionel Railroad Work Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
50 Gang Car Ex./OB Yes $110 The most popular motorized unit ever made by Lionel: the Section Gang Car:
Photo of the rest of the gang.
Has an olive-colored rotating man, two blue fixed crewmen, center horn, blue bumpers and "U-shaped" bumper brackets dating this item as a late 1954 unit.
Photo of the front.
Small, round "melt" mark on one side and that's about it for flaws: both the fixed crewmen and the rotating man are original figures (although they look like they have put in some long hours working on the railroad) plus the unit is very clean -- and the control handles are still there!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; stains; tape). Has the built-in insert and despite the imperfections, this box is solid as it is complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct (earlier-style) box for this version of the Gang Car.
Another view of the box.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #50-94 dated 10/54.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

The 50 Gang Car is common but the center horn version is much harder to find than a gang car with an offset horn. This low-mileage piece runs great!
55 PRR
Tie Jector
E+/OB Yes $235 The Pennsylvania Railroad Tie Jector Car: un-painted red body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver ornamental horn.
Photo of the Tie Jector.
Earlier (1957-58) version without the horizontal slot behind motorman.
Photo of the other side.
A very nice unit -- very clean with sharp graphics and the man is original.
Photo of the operator at the controls.
Serviced by us -- the ejection mechanism works great and the unit runs well!
Two "aerial" views of the unit.
Has the original envelope #55-77 (wrinkled; small staple holes; some dirt) containing the #55-76 instruction sheet dated 10/57 (creases; discolored), two #3360-126 original actuators, twenty (20) original #55-5 track ties and the original #926 Tube of Lubricant.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, track actuators, track ties and lubricant tube.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor tears; small scuffs; small crease).
Another view of the box.
Has the elaborate insert and the square cardboard end spacer and this brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Sharp and very clever motorized unit in one of the nicest Tie Jector boxes we have ever seen! The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
68 Inspection
Car
E+/OB Yes $350 The Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61! Modeled after a 1958 DeSoto station wagon, this unit has a simulated Hy-rail device allowing it to run on railways.
Photo of the other side.
This all original motorized unit has a red-painted body with cream-painted side trim panels plus chrome bumpers and a roof-top chrome E-unit switch knob (vaguely disguised as a warning beacon).
Another view of the left side of the car.
The car measures 7 1/2 inches long and has lighted headlights and lighted tail lights!
Another view of the right side of the car.
A few small paint chips and the right-side passenger door window has a factory paint overrun plus the usual paint loss from box rub on the chrome bumper ends and chrome roof switch knob plus the typical small scratches on the windshield. (Same flaws found on just about every all-original Inspection Car.)
Photo of the front and back of the car.
Overall, this car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and all intact with no cracks. This unit lights and runs great and it is ready for your layout or display case.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; stains).
Another view of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the Express Container Corp.
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.
Has both inserts and this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere! it is one of the nicest #68 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the box inserts.
Has the original instruction sheet #68-81 dated 10/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

A very nice looking piece in a very, very strong box! The 68 inspection car is not easy to find intact and we have had very few this nice over the years.
Our Archives Page has more about 68 Executive Inspection Cars.
2560 Crane Car VG- Yes $ 75 A metal crane car from 1946-47: cream colored cab with black lettering and a red roof; black frame has steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Version with the more-desirable & earlier-style (black) boom. The boom has "LIONEL CRANE" in raised letters molded into both sides. Has the correct, offset hook and the correct open-style cranks.
Photo of the lettering on the back of the cab.
Common paint loss on the base of the cab plus some scratches on the frame. In addition, the guy wires have some rust. Despite the flaws, this crane car is still rather presentable as the original boom is completely intact and the car is very clean overall with beautiful lettering!
An "aerial" view.

This primitive-looking, early postwar car with prewar-carryover design is getting harder and harder to find in decent shape.
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E++/OB Yes $ 50
SOLD
Large operating log dump from 1956: gray molded plastic frame with black lettering and metal underframe plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with "LIONEL LINES" in thick serif letters, "336155" on right in large serif numbers and car dimensions on the left in sans-serif lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct load of five (5) original stained logs (measuring 5 inches long by 7/16 inches in diameter).
Close-up of the logs and an "aerial" view showing the car's dumping tray and decking.
Minimal flaws! The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and it works perfectly!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; one discolored inner flap; tears; creases; tape). A few flaws but this box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3361-29 dated 3/56.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
The 3361 Log Dump Car was sold from 1955 to 1961, but the trucks, instruction sheet and the "Late Classic" box help to date this car as a 1956 item.

The smaller-style box without a liner indicates that this car was a set component not a separate sale item. A good-looking car in a decent box! Very unusual to see this car actually working as many have the cradle missing!
Two different versions of the 3451 Log Dump Car:
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
E/OB Yes $225 A very unusual item: the operating log dump from 1946-47 with silver RUBBER-stamped lettering!
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
Has a black die-cast frame with a metal tilting tray plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
One of the fixed stakes has some bare metal showing from rust removal; the lettering is very, very strong on one side and has only some minor loss on the other side! (Usually the lettering is weak and virtually unreadable on both sides.) Overall, the car is very clean with a nice, rust-free tilting tray.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The dumping mechanism and the coil couplers work perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct load of five (5) original unstained logs and the correct original (smaller 7-inch) #160 Bakelite unloading bin.
Photo of the logs and the unloading bin.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is complete and sturdy! It is also the correct "Art Deco" box (measuring 4 3/8 inches wide, 10 1/4 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high) for this version of the 3451.
Photo of the elaborate box insert.

This variation of the 3451 is much harder to find than the heat-stamped 3451. It has been almost three years since we have had a rubber-stamped 3451 for sale; it is the nicest one we have surfaced as the lettering is very readable! If you are assembling a set from 1946 or early 1947, this is the correct car for those outfits.
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 60 An all-metal automatic lumber car from 1948: has white heat-stamped lettering on a black frame plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
A few muted (but very readable) letters and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with a nice rust-free tilting tray -- plus the dumping mechanism works great!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray.
Has the correct load of five (5) unstained logs and the correct #160 Bakelite unloading bin.
Photo of the logs and the unloading bin.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck & a small piece on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; scrapes; no insert). A few flaws but the box is decent as it is clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "Art Deco Toy Logo" box (measuring 3 3/8 inches wide, 10 3/8 inches long and 3 1/4 inches high) for this version of the 3451.
Another view of the box.

The 3451 is a lot harder to find compared to the later 3461 log dump cars!
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3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++/OB Yes $160 A searchlight car with DARK-gray die-cast frame and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers from 1957-59: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout.
Photo of the other side showing the car set for a trackside work detail.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with spectacular lettering!
Two "aerial" views.
Has a repro crank (but it's one of the better ones) -- and the car does light!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3650-38, dated 7/57 (tears; creases; tape; discolored).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; scrapes; creases; glue residue; no insert). This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very strong box. This very useful car will add some light to your layout!
Our Archives Page has more about 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
3927 Track Cleaning Car E+/OB Yes $ 75 A good-looking operating Track Cleaning Car from 1957-60: this interesting non-self-propelled-motorized unit has an unpainted orange cab with black heat-stamped lettering plus a heavy die-cast frame.
Photo of the other side showing the car in its cleaning mode with the wiping carriage down.
Minimal flaws -- the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the front.
Has both ORIGINAL plastic squeeze bottles (no fluid left). One bottle has dirt around the lettering but both bottles are in excellent or better condition with nice lettering front and back!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Fully functional and the cleaning mechanism works as designed! Has an original washing sponge and three original wiping cylinders. The washing sponge and wiping cylinders were hardly used and are very clean.
Photo of the lettering on the front of the bottles.
Note that this unit must be pulled by a locomotive as the motor inside is strictly for the cleaning action.
Photo of the lettering on the back of the bottles.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (tears; rips; creases; tape; stains; glue residue; distorted; missing the inserts).
Another view of the box.
The box has lots of flaws but it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3927-44 dated 5/57.

Great piece that will provide some "play" value to a layout!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3927 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 49 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Track Cleaner Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6262 Wheel Car Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 Black flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering and a gray superstructure (rack): this car from 1956-57 has bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the correct count of six wheel sets.
Photo of the other side.
The wheel sets are clean but used; minimal flaws on the car -- it is very clean with nice crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; minor discoloration; tape inside; writing on one end flap). A few flaws but this box is complete, clean, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.
The 6262 box is very hard to find nice; usually the box is ripped apart from the inside because of the weight of the wheel sets, the steps catching and the trucks turning while trying to remove the car.

A sharp, prototypical car in one of the nicest 6262 boxes we have ever had!
6460 Operating
Crane Car
E+/OB Yes $160 A sharp black Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1953-54: has a die-cast frame, white lettering, bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers plus open cranks and the correct offset hook.
Photo of the other side with the crane ready for a work detail.
Version with thin lettering & no hyphens on the frame.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (tears; minor writing; "aged" look); the box has BOTH INSERTS and it is SOLID: complete, clean, square, rather brick-like and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
One of the nicest 6460 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the elaborate and seldom-seen inserts.
An old store price sticker provides a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by The M. O'Neil Co., a regional department store chain based in Akron, Ohio!

The 6460 black Crane Car is fairly common -- but not in this condition and not with a box like this one! It is a good-looking car in a superb box!
6518 Transformer Car E++/OB Yes $160 The brawny 16-wheel, die-cast, gray-painted depressed-center flatcar with an original transformer with original, unbroken insulators!
Photo of the other side.
This impressive-looking item from 1956-58 measures 16 inches (coupler to coupler) and has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Close-up of one side of the transformer.
Has the usual factory glue showing between the transformer halves and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; punctures; writing; store price stamping; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous car that is not easy to find with original insulators with a very presentable box that is extremely difficult to find intact!
(6560) Operating
Crane Car
E+ Yes $325 Here's an item that most collectors have never seen (or are even aware of): a Bucyrus Erie Crane Car with a strikingly different red-orange cab on a unique unlettered plastic frame identified with mold number 2460-5.
Photo of the other side.
As noted in the Greenberg's Guide to Motive Power and Rolling Stock, this early 1955 piece is further distinguished by the following statement from the Lionel Service Manual: "The first several thousand 6560 Crane Cars were assembled using bar-end trucks, which were mounted with 4/32 (1/8) inch by 7/32 binding head screws and spacer rings."
Another view with the crane ready for a work detail.
The cab is decorated with white heat-stamped lettering plus OPEN cranks and the correct original straight hook. Has metal bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
A few small (very light) scratches on the cab roof plus a couple of muted (but very readable) letters and that's about it for flaws.
Photo of the part number on the frame.
The car is sharp -- completely intact and very clean.
File photo showing the red-orange cab next to a common red cab.

This is the first time we have ever had this variation! If you like obscure pieces, consider this item. It is very unusual and one that we are not likely to run across anytime soon!
Two different versions of the 6561 Cable Car:
6561 Cable Car Load:
E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $110 Gray, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1953-55: has black, rubber-stamped serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of two original orange reels with the original aluminum wire.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The reels are all original, clean and intact with no cracks or missing pieces!
An "aerial" view showing the aluminum wire on the reels and the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape; writing). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very presentable box.
6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car:
E+
Yes $ 65 Gray, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1953-55: has black, rubber-stamped serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of two original gray reels with the original aluminum wire.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and minor rub marks and that is it for flaws! The car is very clean with very nice lettering! The reels are clean and completely intact with no cracks or missing pieces!
An "aerial" view showing the aluminum wire on the reels and the car's decking.

A good-looking, prototypical car!
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6822 Night Crew Searchlight Car E+ Yes $ 40 The only Searchlight Car made by Lionel during the '60s: the Night Crew Car -- a red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with gray superstructure and black searchlight cap.
Photo of the other side.
Some flaking on both the metal truck rivet and metal light bracket. That's about it for flaws; the car is very clean with crisp lettering and all original, including the correct man (with painted hands & face) -- plus the car does light!
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking and useful car -- perfect for an operator to use on a layout.

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Every industry has to maintain their machinery and to be prepared for all emergencies. The railroads are no different and they have become quite imaginative in developing specialized work cars to perform essential maintenance and repairs. Worn-out equipment from age and the environment plus disruptions in service from accidents and train wrecks required specific and unique approaches to keep tracks clear, signals working, and trains running. The railroad industry proved to be ingenious through the years by inventing unique designs to address obstacles and disasters attributable to the terrain, the elements, mechanical failure, and human error. Self-propelled cranes, snow plows, handcars, inspection cars, maintenance cars, and ballast tampers were used to maintain their fleets, clear wrecks, keep the tracks clear, inspect & repair the tracks, and build new lines.

Lionel offered some very interesting railroad work cars in the postwar era including the useful crane cars, handy searchlight cars, prototypical rail truck cars & wheel cars, plus action-oriented dump cars for unloading ballast & logs and operating barrel cars to transport supplies. In addition, Lionel provided interesting motorized units which were modeled after those items used by the real railroads including snow plows, a burro crane, a handcar, an inspection car, a fire car, a gang car, a maintenance car, a tie laying car and a ballast tamper.

Railroad Work Cars are often forgotten but are vital to your operations.

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