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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: February 11, 2016

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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
68 Inspection
Car
E/OB Yes $325 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.
The car measures 7 1/2 inches long and has lighted headlights and lighted tail lights!
Photo of the front and rear of the car.
Some paint chips and the usual paint loss from box rub on the chrome bumpers and chrome roof switch knob plus the typical small scratches on the windshield. Overall, this car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and all intact with no cracks. This unit lights and runs fine and it is ready for your layout or display case.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; writing; tape residue; no inserts).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is still solid as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.
Has the original instruction sheet #68-81 dated 10/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

A good-looking piece in a strong box! The 68 inspection car is not easy to find intact and we have had very few over the years.
Our Archives Page has more about 68 Executive Inspection Cars.
2560 Crane Car VG- Yes $ 95 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 and correct, offset hook. The boom has "LIONEL CRANE" in raised letters molded into both sides. Has the original white cord! (Usually, this car is found with the cord replaced with the same black string used on the later 6460 & 6560 crane cars.)
Photo of the lettering on the back of the cab.
Incorrect closed crank handle for the boom plus the "2560" numbering shows some wear. In addition, the cab, crane base and frame all have some paint loss and various scratches. Despite the flaws, this crane car is still rather presentable as the original boom is completely intact and the car is clean overall with strong lettering!
An "aerial" view.

This primitive-looking, early postwar car with prewar-carryover design is getting harder and harder to find in decent shape.
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
======
E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 75 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
(-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.
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!
3530 GM Generator Car Set Pole:
E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $185 The "ELECTRO MOBILE POWER" GM generator car -- a special boxcar from 1956 with interior light, operating fan and orange generator. Includes the original Transformer Pole (with blue base) and original remote Searchlight.
Photo of the car.
Blue with white heat-stamped lettering and white graphics plus a blue fuel tank. Harder-to-find version with the white stripe extending through the ladder detail on right. Has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. The car is very clean with nice lettering and a nice rust-free chassis!
Photo showing the car set up for a nighttime work detail with the doors open exposing the generator inside.
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. The pole & searchlight are both very clean and intact!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (creases).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is SOLID: complete, clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 3530 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the instruction sheet and box insert.
Has the original instruction sheet #3530-45, dated 11/56 (tears, creases, stains).

The components are very 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!
Two different versions of the 3620 Searchlight Extension Car:
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $125 A very unusual revolving searchlight car: version with the orange cap painted gray from early 1954!
Photo of the other side.
Has a gray-painted, die-cast frame with thin, black (sans-serif) lettering, orange generator, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Minimal flaws on the car; it is very clean with strong lettering -- plus it lights and works fine!
Two close-up views of the searchlight cap.
The searchlight cap has the usual paint chipping with about 25% of the orange showing. However it is intact and clean overall with an original lens. Note that many collectors remove the rest of the gray paint to create a more visually appealing variation.

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! It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Another view of the box.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/54 (tears, tape, discolored & missing a few small pieces).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

We have never had this version of the 3620 before!
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $ 75 A sharp revolving searchlight car from 1956: 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 correct original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 12/55 (tears, tape, stains, creases, dirt).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; mildly distorted; "period" writing; no insert). The box has a few flaws but it is clean and very sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Another view of the box.

A very nice and very useful car that will add some action and light to your layout!
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6418 Machinery Car ======
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $210 A 16-wheel, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar that was NEVER USED! Has the original (pinkish-orange) "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 and the original elastic tie-downs.
Photo of the car in its "traveling mode."
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and the girders are equally as nice: each one has crisp, strong lettering!
Photo of the girders and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

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 high-quality 6418 is sharp and it comes in a very strong box!
6460
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E++/OB Yes $160
SOLD
The scarce red PAINTED Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1954 only: has open cranks, a black die-cast frame, white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has the original boom and correct, original offset hook.
Close-up of the lettering of both the cab and frame on one side.
The cab has a few paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with vibrant paint & nice lettering.
An "aerial" view with the crane ready for a work detail.

Photo of the box -- brace yourself, it will not win any beauty contests.
Grade 6 correct ("-25") original box (tears; creases; stains; scrapes from tape removal; some discoloration; glue residue; tape; tape residue; missing the smaller top insert).
Another view of the box.
Has the bottom (boom-support) insert and even with the laundry list of flaws, this box is still very useful as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy; it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Photo of the elaborate bottom insert.

Catalogued by Lionel as "6460-25" but the car is actually numbered "6460" on the frame. The red-painted crane car only came in one catalogued set -- the 6250 Seaboard work train outfit #1523.
6518 Transformer Car E++/OB Yes $195 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
E++/OB Yes $ 60 A sharp Bucyrus Erie Crane Car: has a black plastic frame with white lettering and a red plastic cab with white lettering plus closed cranks and a straight hook. Version from 1956 with metal bar-end trucks and operating tab couplers. Catalogued as "6560-25" by Lionel but only "6560" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
The car is nice: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view with the crane ready for a work detail.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures; a little wavy; no insert). A few flaws but the box is still solid: fairly clean, fairly square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
It is the correct "-25" box for a red crane car; this "Late Classic" box plus the truck & coupler combination help to date this item as a 1956 car.

A great-looking work train piece that offers both realism and "play value" for a layout and it is in a very presentable 6560-25 box.
6802 Flatcar
with Girders
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125
On
HOLD
Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1958-59 with ORIGINAL (black) "U. S. STEEL" Girders. Flat has mold #6424-11 plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few minor scuffs on the decking from the girders rubbing and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with strong lettering and rust-free truck rivets! Has the original elastic tie down band.
An "aerial" view of the car and the inside of the girders.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck & a piece of one end flap plus the nearby interior coupler flap and that end is taped shut; additional tape inside; tears; creases; minor writing).
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
Even with the flaws, the box is very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy -- plus it is a very, very difficult box to find in any condition!

Nice car that is rather uncommon -- and in a very uncommon box!

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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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