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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
3359 Operating
Twin Bin
Coal Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $160 A Twin Bin coal dump car from 1955:
Photo of the car.
The car body and doors are gray molded plastic with black heat-stamped lettering; the chassis has a metal frame with an unpainted-red motor housing plus metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is completely intact and fairly clean with very nice lettering -- plus the dumping mechanism works great!
An "aerial" view.

Has the #207 original (nearly full) bag of coal plus the proper (for this car) original #160 bin. (The bin is 8 1/2 inches long and is made of flexible injection-molded plastic NOT Bakelite.)
Photo of the bin, bag of coal and hardware.
Has all of the original hardware: the #90C controller, two OTC contactors & the four adjusting clips plus the paperwork: the correct original instruction sheet #3359-79 (dated 12/55) and the correct (early-style) packing envelope, part #3359-78 (tape, torn & wrinkled).
Photo of the paperwork.
The 3359 Dump Car was sold by Lionel from 1955 to 1958 but the "Middle Classic" box, style of the graphics on the packing envelope, instruction sheet date plus the truck and coupler combination all help to date this car as a 1955 item.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (stains; tears; creases; mildly distorted; lots of tape).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is complete and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

A very clever car -- it operates by means of a rotating cam that alternately raises and lowers each of the bins in sequence. A twin-body automatic air dump car built by the Magor Car Corporation (and used by the City of New York) is the prototype for this item. We have very few 3359 dump cars in collector quality condition over the years!
Two different versions of the 3361 Operating Log Dump Car:
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 90 Large operating log dump from 1956: gray molded plastic frame with black lettering and metal underframe plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers. Version with "LIONEL LINES" in thick serif letters and "336155" on the right. Comes with the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin.
Photo of the car.
Has the correct load of five (5) original stained logs.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and it works perfectly!
Close-up of the logs and an "aerial" view showing the car's dumping tray and decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; residue from original factory tape; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Has the correct original instruction sheet #3361-29 dated 3/56.
Photo of the instruction sheet, bin and logs.

The larger-style box with liner (insert) and the presence of the 160 bin indicates that this car was a separate sale item, not a set component. Very unusual to see this box and very unusual to see this item complete and very unusual to see this car actually working as many have the cradle missing!
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 60 Large operating log dump from 1957: gray molded plastic frame with black lettering and metal underframe plus bar-end metal trucks with tab 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.
Close-up of the logs and an "aerial" view showing the car's dumping tray and decking.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with crisp lettering and it works perfectly!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; scrapes; "aged" look). 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 3/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet, bin and logs.

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!
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3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 95 An all-metal automatic lumber car from 1948 that was NEVER USED: has white heat-stamped lettering on a black frame plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the car.
A few worn (but very readable) letters on one side plus some small (very light) rust spots on the tilting tray and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car!
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car was "bench tested" and both the dumping mechanism and the coil couplers work perfectly!
An "aerial view" of the car.
Has the correct load of five (5) unstained logs, the correct #160 Bakelite unloading bin and the original factory inspection slip!
Photo of the logs, unloading bin and the inspection slip.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3451-27 (dated 2/48).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; stains; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is square and 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.
Photo of the box insert.

The 3451 is a lot harder to find compared to the later 3461 log dump cars!
3461 Operating
Lumber Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75 All-metal log dump car from 1949: has a blackened stamped steel tilting platform on a black frame with white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of five (5) original stained logs and the original #160 black Bakelite unloading bin.
Photo of the car.
A little excess factory paint on the top of the frame and that's about it for flaws. It is a very nice car -- very clean with nice lettering and a nice rust-free tilting tray.
Photo of the other side.
The car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Comes with the original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 2/49 (stains & tears).
Photo of the instruction sheet, bin and logs.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; stains; writing in pencil).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square, rather brick-like and there is no tape anywhere! It is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the box insert.
The black 3461 Log Dump was sold from 1949 to 1955 but the "Middle Classic" box plus the truck and coupler combination help to date this car as a 1949 item.

A nice "action" RR work car in a very, very strong box!

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3461 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 45 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E+/OB Yes $ 90 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.
Some scuffs on the tilting tray and that's about it for flaws! The frame is sharp with very clean, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 1/54.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 7 (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; tape inside; tape residue; creases; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is square and sturdy! 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 nice-looking car -- it works perfectly and it comes in a decent box!
3520 Operating
Searchlight Car
E++/OB Yes $ 85 A revolving searchlight car from 1952-53 with remote-control "ON/OFF" switch mechanism. Has an orange generator, gray-painted, die-cast frame with black (sans-serif) lettering, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks.
Photo of the other side.
Sharp car -- very clean with nice lettering and it works well!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; tape; creases) with insert!
Another view of the box.
Includes the original instruction sheet #3520-33 (dated 6/53).
Photo of the instruction sheet and the box insert.

A very, very nice piece -- and complete with instruction sheet, box and box insert all of which are not that easy to find!
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $ 75 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 strong lettering -- plus it lights and works fine!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/54 (tears, tape, discolored & missing a few small pieces).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; some dirt & stains; store stamping; "aged" look; no insert). The box has a few flaws but it is square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very nice and very useful car that will add some action and light to your layout!
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E+++/OB Yes $140 A searchlight car with DARK-gray die-cast frame from 1957: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout.
Photo of the other side with the car set for a trackside work detail.
A gorgeous car: very, very clean with spectacular lettering -- and of course, it does work! Has the original crank.
An "aerial" view.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3650-38, dated 7/57 (tears, discolored, small pieces missing).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; writing; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

A sharp car in a very presentable box -- we have had very few dark-gray 3650s over the years.
Our Archives Page has more about 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
6262 Wheel Car Load:
Unused

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $ 95 Black flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering and a gray superstructure (rack): this car from 1956-57 has bar-end trucks with tab couplers plus the correct load of six unused wheel sets.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very clean car with nice crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car and the six wheel sets.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; writing; tape inside). Even with the flaws, the box is presentable as it is 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 a decent box!

The 6262 Wheel Car is the "Companion Car" to the 6362-55 Rail Truck Car listed below.
6362-55 Rail Truck Car Load: Unused

Car: E+

OB
Yes $110 An orange rail truck carrying flatcar with black letters from 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.
Minimal flaws! Has a nice rust-free frame 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 7+ original "Middle Classic" box -- with "6362" on all four sides -- (tears; creases; slit; tape inside). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
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 very presentable 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.
Two different versions of the 6418 Machinery Car:
6418 Machinery Car Load: E+

Car: E+

OB
Yes $160 A 16-wheel, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar with original (pinkish-orange) "6418" "U. S. STEEL" Girders.
Photo of the other side with the car in its "traveling mode."
Version from 1956-57 with a blank plaque on the frame underside (no number) plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the correct numbered girders and the original elastic tie-downs.
Photo of the girders and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
A little paint loss on the underside of the flat plus some minor discoloration in spots and that's about it for flaws. The car very clean overall and the girders are equally as nice: each one has crisp, strong lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (scuffs; minor creases; "period" writing; "period" stamping).
Another view of the box.
A 6418 box is very, very difficult to find in nice shape as most of them were torn open from the inside as the double trucks have a tendency to twist when the car is removed or placed back in the box. This one is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

The 6418 was sold from 1955 to 1957 but the "Late Classic" box and the tab couplers with nickel rivets help date this car as a 1956-57 item.

One of the sturdiest and most realistic cars made by Lionel in the postwar era. This 6418 is sharp with the nicest 6418 box we have ever seen!
6418 Machinery Car Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+++

OB
Yes $150
SOLD
A 16-wheel, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar with original (black) "6418" "U. S. STEEL" Girders.
Photo of the other side.
Version from 1956-57 with a blank plaque on the frame underside (no number) plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the correct numbered girders.
Photo of the inside of the girders and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
The lettering on one girder is not as white as the other and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean. The elastic tie-downs are reproduction pieces.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (creased in the center; tears; small stains; minor dirt; lots of tape but mostly inside).
Another view of the box.
A 6418 box is very, very difficult to find in nice shape as most of them were torn open from the inside as the double trucks have a tendency to twist when the car is removed or placed back in the box. This one is fairly clean, complete and sturdy!

One of the sturdiest and most realistic cars produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Nice car; decent box!
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6518 Transformer Car E++/OB Yes $240 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
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
VG Yes $ 25 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car with white lettering from 1955-58: has a black plastic frame, metal bar-end trucks with operating tab couplers plus closed cranks and a straight hook. Catalogued as "6560-25" by Lionel but only "6560" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few nicks and scratches plus an amateur repair was made to the clip holding one of the trucks to the frame. Overall the car is clean with strong lettering and all of the plastic is completely intact.
An "aerial" view showing the crane ready for a work detail.

A car that offers some "play value" and some realism for 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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