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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: May 24, 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
SOLD
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!
3459 GREEN
Operating
Coal Dump Car
See Notes

OB
Yes $175 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 non-dumping side of the car.
Has some paint loss on the top of the tray on the "non-dumping" side plus a few muted (but certainly readable) letters and that's about it for flaws. The other side of the car is "display-cabinet worthy" (E++).
Photo of the nicer (dumping) side of the car.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering overall -- plus it works great!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original (7-inch) #160 Bakelite dumping bin (E+++) and the correct (#207) bag of original coal (at least 95% full).
Photo of the bin and bag of coal.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; scrapes; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and despite the flaws, 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.

The green coal dump 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.
3461 Operating
Log Dump Car
E++/OB Yes $ 90 All-metal log dump car from 1950: has white heat-stamped lettering on a black die-cast frame plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some rust on two of the stakes and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: nice lettering plus the tilting tray is very clean with no rust. The dumping mechanism works great!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray.
Has the correct load of five (5) original unstained logs and the correct original #160 black Bakelite unloading bin plus the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 9/50 (discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet, bin and logs.

Grade 5 original ("Middle Classic") box (one end flap is discolored from water damage and its tuck is not original to this box; missing the top layer of a couple of small areas; tears; creases; some dirt; writing; tape; glue residue; no insert).
Photo of the box.
Lots of flaws but the box has all of its flaps plus it is square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.
This box is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin. The box style, instruction sheet and the car's trucks all help to date this piece as a 1950 item.

The box is rough but the car itself is one of the nicest early version 3461 Log Dump Cars we have ever had! It is a great-looking "action" RR work car -- this version of the 3461 is harder to find than the later versions.
3530 GM
Generator Car
Set
Pole:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
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
E+/OB Yes $ 90 A gray-painted barrel car with royal-blue letters and gray-painted trough from 1954:
Photo of the car.
Comes with the correct load of six (6) original barrels in the correct "Middle Classic" 362-78 component box (grade 6 -- missing part of one end flap and that end is taped shut; writing).
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. Has an all-blue reproduction man.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Has a paint chip on the inside of one end plus a little box rub and that's about it for flaws.
An "aerial" view of the car.
It is a nice, rust-free piece with strong lettering -- and the car works perfectly!
Photo of the envelope and instruction sheet.
Comes with the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin plus the correct original packing envelope -- part number 3562-53 (tears, punctures, wrinkles & discolored), correct original instruction sheet #3562-54, dated 6/54 plus the correct #96C controller, OTC lockon with 2 auxiliary rail clips, two track spacers, two unused connecting wires and the platform extension for use in operating this car with the 362 Barrel Loader.
Photo of the unloading bin, track spacers, wires & hardware.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; distorted; no insert). The box has flaws but it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps. It will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the outer box.

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.
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!
3927 Track Cleaning Car E+/OB Yes $ 75 An 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. Has a reproduction washing sponge and three reproduction wiping cylinders.
Photo of the other side.
The front of the frame has some paint missing and that's about it for flaws! The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the front.
Has both ORIGINAL plastic squeeze bottles (little or no fluid left). The bottles are sharp: clean with beautiful lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the car in its cleaning mode with the wiping carriage down.
Fully functional and the cleaning mechanism works as designed! 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 front and back of the bottles.
Has the original instruction sheet #3927-44 dated 5/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (missing the tuck of one end flap and missing a nearby section of the box; tears; creases; lots of tape; amateur repairs; writing; no inserts). The box will not win any beauty contests but it is clean, square and sturdy. It will protect the unit in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.

Great piece that will provide some "play" value to a layout!
Two different versions of the Red 6560 Crane Car:
6560
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E+ Yes $ 40
On
HOLD
A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1955: has an unpainted red cab with white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black plastic frame with white, heat-stamped lettering, open cranks and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the correct original straight hook.
Photo of the other side.
Minor rust on the pulley support plus a few letters on one side of the cab are not as distinct as the others (factory flaw). The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering overall on both the cab and the frame.
An "aerial" view showing the crane prepared for a work detail.

A great-looking work train piece that offers both realism and "play value" for a layout.
6560
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E+ Yes $ 35
On
HOLD
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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