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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: December 5, 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 E++/OB Yes $135
SOLD
The most popular motorized unit ever made by Lionel: the Section Gang Car.
Photo of the other side.
The Gang Car was introduced in 1954 but the olive-colored rotating man, two blue fixed crewmen, offset horn, blue bumpers and "U-shaped" bumper brackets all help to date this item as a 1955 unit.
Photo of the front.
Minimal flaws! This low-mileage piece runs great and is very, very clean with nice lettering plus the top and all crewmen are ORIGINAL and the control handles are still there!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9+ original box (minor stain; crease; "aged" look). Has the built-in insert and the box is a brick! It is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
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 not in this condition! This high-quality piece is sharp . . . and in one of the nicest 50 boxes we have ever had!
52 Fire Car Ex./OB Yes $160
SOLD
A motorized unit from 1958-61: has a red-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering plus gold ornamental bell, retractable hose assembly, gray compressor, retractable white outriggers, rubberized bumpers and a red warning light.
Photo of the Fire Car.
The fireman has the usual paint chips plus the car body has some small paint chips and the metal platform has some minor surface rust. However, none of the flaws detract from the appearance of this car as it is very clean with strong graphics plus nothing is broken or cracked and all of the window struts are intact and there are no melt marks! The hose reel is a reproduction item but everything else is original.
Photo of the other side.
Serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; stains; tape residue).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but this Express Container Corp. corrugated box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Close-up of the bottom showing the manufacturer's information.
Includes the original instruction sheet #52-43X, dated 9/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

AKA the "Fire Fighting Car," it is a very colorful and interesting piece -- one that we seldom have as they are hard to find nice.
69 Maintenance Car E++/OB Yes $375
SOLD
A motorized unit from 1960-62: has a black body with white lettering, plus a dark-gray brushplate cover and a light-gray platform.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips on the frame and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the front.
This hard-to-find motorized unit is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and completely intact!
An "aerial" view.
The unit is all-original including the man, sign and platform.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (a few scrapes; minor creases; no insert).
Another view of the box.
This orange corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Company and 69-15 is the part number.
Photo of the manufacturer's identification.
The box is SOLID: very clean, square and sturdy!

Only the third 69 Maintenance Car in collector-quality condition we have ever had for sale! It is NICE and it is in a very strong box! It is ready for your display shelf or layout as it runs great!
2560 Crane Car VG- Yes $ 50 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.
Two different versions of the 3451 Log Dump Car:
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
E/OB Yes $195 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 $ 45
SOLD
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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3459 GREEN
Operating
Coal Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $240 An all-metal ore dump car from 1948 only: has a green-painted tray with white heat-stamped lettering, a black die-cast frame and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
Has a few minor paint chips on the top edge and the common paint chip on the lower edge of the tray on the "dumping side" where the door hits the frame plus the usual "bump" on the tray's floor where the pin hits the tray from the bottom.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering -- plus it works great!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original (7-inch) #160 Bakelite dumping bin (E+++) & a 75% full bag of original #207 coal.
Photo of the bin and bag of coal.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; stains; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and it is also the correct "Art Deco" style box with Toy Logo for a 1948 coal dump.
Photo of the box insert.

One of the nicest 3459 green Coal Dump Cars we have ever had! It is much harder to find than the black coal dumps and although fewer of the silver ore dump cars were made, the green ore dump car is harder to find in collector-quality condition.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 3459 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 90 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Coal Dump Car's provenance including its design, development and history and in particular, the story of the green version.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E++/OB Yes $ 85 All-metal log dump car from 1954-55: has white heat-stamped lettering on a green frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued as "3461-25" by Lionel but only "3461" appears on the car. Has the correct load of five (5) original stained logs.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of small scratches and some tiny rust spots on the tilting tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean overall with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint on the frame.
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Has the correct, original instruction sheet (tears, creases, discolored) #3461-11 dated 1/54.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 7 (tears; creases; "aged" look). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and very sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! The smaller-style box with no liner (insert) and the "3461X" on the end flaps indicate that this car was originally part of a set -- not a separate sale item.
Another view of the box.

A very-nice-looking car that works perfectly -- and it is in a very presentable box!
3562-75 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $275
SOLD
Orange barrel car from 1957-58 that was NEVER USED! Has black, heat-stamped lettering, a black trough and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the car.
Has the correct load of six (6) original barrels plus the correct original (larger) man with painted hands and face.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car looks even better than what the photos indicate plus we "bench tested" the car and it works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (creases; scrapes; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy! Not an easy box to find nice and this one happens to be the nicest 3562-75 box we have ever had!
Photo of the insert.

Has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin and the correct 90C controller (both of which were packed loosely inside the outer box plus the original packing envelope (part #3562-73) which is STILL SEALED (stapled shut)! The envelope contains the original instruction sheet, an OTC lockon with rail clips, two track spacers, and the small metal platform extension to use when operating this car with the 362 Barrel Loader. Since the envelope was never opened, we have no reason to believe that the contents are anything but what is supposed to be there.
Photo of the unopened envelope, unloading bin, controller, barrels and component box.
Grade 8 original "Middle-Classic" component box for the barrels (tears). It is also technically incorrect for the orange barrel car as it should be a "Late Classic" box similar to the outer box.

Unused operating cars are rare as most were used on layouts for their intended purpose! This is the first unused operating barrel car (of any color) that we have ever had and it is in a superb box!

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3562 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 47 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $ 95 A sharp revolving searchlight car from 1954: has a gray-painted, die-cast frame with black (sans-serif) lettering, orange generator, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with unpainted gray searchlight housing cap and thick lettering on the frame.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. It is a very, very clean car with very nice lettering -- plus it lights and works great!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/54 (tears & discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap and a nearby section of the top layer of the box; tears; creases; dent; glue residue; tape inside; "aged" look; no insert). The box is sturdy and will protect the car in shipping and in storage. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

A useful car that will add some action and light to your layout! The box is so-so but the car is very, very nice!
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++/OB Yes $140 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 $110 A good-looking operating Track Cleaning Car from 1956: 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). The bottles have the typical stains and dirt around the lettering but the lettering is complete and readable on both bottles!
Photo of the tops of the bottles & extra wiping cylinders plus 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 & back 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 box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; rips; creases; tape; stains; mildly distorted; missing the inserts). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
An old price sticker on the one of the end flaps provides us with a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by one of the Bamberger's stores of New Jersey!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3927-44 dated 8/56.

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
SOLD
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!

"Companion Car" to the 6362-55 Rail Truck Car listed below.
6362-55 Rail Truck Car Load: Unused

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $ 85
SOLD
An orange rail truck carrying flatcar with black letters from late 1955: has the correct load of three unused trucks without pivot studs. Flat has bar-end trucks with extended tabs to open couplers. Version with "LIONEL LINES" in thin, short, sans-serif lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Some scratches on the underside of the metal frame and that's about it for flaws! The frame is rust free and the car body is very, very clean with spectacular lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car and the load.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Middle Classic" box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; mildly distorted; "aged" look; writing; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.
Note: it is very, very hard to find this box in nice condition as the cradle ends on the car usually caused the box to be destroyed from the inside out.

Sharp car with near-perfect lettering with a decent box.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to learn more about 6362-55 Rail Truck Cars.

"Companion Car" to the 6262 Wheel Car listed above.
*** Special on both the 6262 Wheel Car and its counterpart, the 6362-55 Rail Truck Car: ***
Total price = $175 plus shipping, a savings of $20!
6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car:
E+
Yes $ 50 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!
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 black superstructure and gray searchlight cap.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, 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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