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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: March 26, 2020

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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
55 PRR
Tie Jector
E++/OB Yes $295 The Pennsylvania Railroad Tie Jector Car: un-painted red body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver ornamental horn.
Photo of the other side.
Earlier (1957-58) version without the horizontal slot behind motorman.
Another view.
Minimal flaws! It is a good-looking unit: very, very clean with nice graphics and the man is original.
Close-up of the operator at the controls.
Serviced by us -- the ejection mechanism works great and the unit runs well!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original envelope #55-77 (wrinkled; tears; dirt) containing the #55-76 instruction sheet dated 10/57 (creases; minor dirt), two #3360-126 original actuators and twenty (20) original #55-5 track ties.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, track actuators and track ties.

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

Sharp and very clever motorized unit in the nicest Tie Jector box we have ever had! The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
2461 Transformer Car E+/OB Yes $160 A die-cast, depressed-center flatcar with a black transformer from 1947 only: painted medium gray, it has black rubber-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small amount of separation of the transformer halves plus some stains on the top of the transformer and that's about it for flaws! The flat is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering! Has the original transformer with an original decal and with original unbroken insulators.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs).
Another view of the box.
Has the original elaborate insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and rather brick-like -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the insert.

The 2461 transformer car is a very difficult item to find with original insulators!
3469 Operating
Coal Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 85
An all-metal ore dump from 1953: painted black with white heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
Some paint chips around the top edge of the tray on one side plus the usual chipping on the lower edge of the tray on the "dumping side" where the door hits the frame.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car.

Comes with the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 2/53 (tears, creases, stains, insect nibbles) -- plus the correct original Bakelite #160 dumping bin (E+++) and a bag of original #207 coal. The bag is in very good condition and nearly 100% full!
Photo of the original instruction sheet, bin and bag of coal.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tape; tape residue; glue residue; tears; creases; writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is very presentable: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the box insert.

An action-oriented car that looks great and works well!
3530 GM
Generator Car

Yes $165 The "ELECTRO MOBILE POWER" GM generator car -- a special boxcar from 1956 with interior light, operating fan & orange generator. Includes the original Transformer Pole (with black base) and original remote Searchlight.
Photo of the car.
Blue with white heat-stamped lettering and white graphics plus a black fuel tank. Harder-to-find version with the white stripe extending through the ladder detail on right. Has metal, bar-end trucks.
Photo: same side showing the car set up for a nighttime work detail with the doors open exposing the generator inside.
Minimal flaws. The car is completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering and a nice rust-free chassis!
Photo of the other side of the car.
The left door on the hook-up side of the car has an "ON/OFF" switch that enables the car and remote searchlight to work. When power is supplied to the track and the door is opened fully, the light inside the car illuminates, the fan rotates and -- if connected, the remote searchlight comes on.
An "aerial" view of the car.
The pole & searchlight are both all original and very clean and completely intact!
Photo showing two views of the searchlight, pole & wiring.
Has the original instruction sheet #3530-45, dated 11/56 (tears, discolored, holes from insect nibbles but still readable).
Photo of the (rather ugly) instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; some dirt; mildly distorted; no insert).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is has both end flaps & all of the inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

The components are clean and of course, the fan and light in the car work as does the remote searchlight. It's a great layout piece as it offers more "play value" than found with other items. Cleverly engineered and it's a realistic replica of an actual generator car produced by the Electro Motor Division of GM!
3562-25 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
Ex. Yes $45 A gray-painted barrel car with royal-blue letters and gray-painted trough from 1954: (no hardware or paperwork -- just the car, bin and barrels).
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is the version with no bracket tab (molded catch); it has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers and a reproduction man.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
One small ding in one corner, a tiny amount of glue on top plus some paint chips in the metal trough.
Two "aerial" views of the car.
The car is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering -- and the car works perfectly!
Photo of the bin & barrels.
Comes with a modern Lionel (MPC-era) #160 black polystyrene unloading bin plus the correct load of six (6) reproduction barrels.

An operating barrel car is the perfect companion to the #362 barrel loader but it is also a great stand-alone action car as it has the unloading bin. This 3562-25 looks good, works great and is ready for your layout.
3620 Searchlight Car E+/OB Yes $ 35 A revolving searchlight car from 1955: has a gray-painted, die-cast frame with black (sans-serif) lettering, orange generator, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with unpainted gray searchlight housing cap and thin lettering on the frame.
Photo of the other side.
The light bracket is tarnished and the searchlight lens is a repro item. That's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with strong lettering -- plus it lights and works great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; stains; tape; glue residue; writing; mildly distorted; no insert).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is fairly 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 front of the box.

A useful car that will add some action and light to your layout!
Crane Car
E+ Yes $ 35 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1957-1961: has a red cab with white heat-stamped lettering, a black plastic frame with white heat-stamped lettering plus solid cranks and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the correct original straight hook.
Photo of the other side
Some rust on the metal cab platform (can only be seen by looking under the cab). That's about it for flaws! It all intact and very clean with very, very nice lettering.
An "aerial" view showing the crane car in its work detail mode.

A good-looking & inexpensive RR work car with lots of "play" value.

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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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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