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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 $125 The Pennsylvania Railroad Tie Jector Car: die-cast frame and an un-painted red body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a black plastic cab and a silver ornamental horn.
Photo of the Tie Jector.
Earlier (1957-58) version without the horizontal slot behind motorman.
Photo of the other side.
Has a "melt" mark behind the man caused by the chemical interaction of the two different materials; that imperfection can only be seen by "peeking" behind the man. Overall, it is very clean with nice lettering and graphics and the man is original.
Photo of the operator in the front of the unit.
The ejection mechanism works great and the unit runs well!
An "aerial" view of the unit.
Has the original envelope #55-77 containing the #55-76 instruction sheet (dated 10/57), two original #3360-126 actuators & twenty (20) original #55-5 track ties. The envelope is a grade 7 (creases, tears and distorted from having been scrunched inside the box all these years).
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, track actuators and the track ties.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes, minor stains, "period" writing; missing the small square cardboard spacer).
Another view of the box.
Has the elaborate insert (stains) and this box is solid -- clean, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Sharp and very clever motorized unit with a very strong box. The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
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.
Two different versions of the 3461-25 GREEN Log Dump Car:
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E++/OB Yes $125 All-metal log dump car from 1954-55: has white heat-stamped lettering on a green frame with bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers. Catalogued as "3461-25" by Lionel but only "3461" appears on the car.
Photo of the car.
Correct load of five (5) original stained logs and the original #160 Bakelite unloading bin (E+++).
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws! The green frame is gorgeous and the lettering is very, very crisp and clean!
An "aerial" view of the car's tilting tray.
The dumping mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the logs and bin.
Comes with an original instruction sheet (tears, tape & discolored) #3461-11 dated 2/53 (technically incorrect as it should have a 1954 date).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 8 (tears; tape; creases).
Another view of the box.
It is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!

A great-looking car in one of the strongest separate-sale 3461-25 boxes we have ever had!
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!
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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!
3562-1 Operating
A. T. & S. F.
Barrel Car
E++/OBs Yes $425 The scarce BLACK-painted A. T. S. F. barrel car from 1954 only: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers and it is the earlier version with the more attractive yellow trough.
Photo of the car.
The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice crisp lettering. It is rust free and has no significant flaws.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car works very well and very quietly! Has the correct original man!
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Comes COMPLETE with the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin 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.
An "aerial" view showing the trough.
Has the correct, original instruction sheet #3562-54 (dated 6/54) plus the correct original packing envelope -- part number 3562-53 (some tears, punctures & wrinkles).
Photo of the bin, hardware and wires.

Photo of the barrel box and barrels.
Comes with the correct load of six (6) original barrels in a very nice (grade 8) & correct "Middle Classic" 362-78 component box (tears, stains).
Photo of the outer box.
Has the correct ("3562" with no suffix) original "Middle Classic" box -- grade 8 (tears; small crease; minor stains; tape; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and the box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

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 3562-1 looks good, works great and is ready for your layout.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine once 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.

A sharp (and hard-to-find) car with a very, very hard box to find! Complete and nice -- the only way to buy the 3562 Black Barrel Car!
3562-50 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+ Yes $ 45 A molded (unpainted) yellow barrel car with black letters and black-painted trough from 1955-56:
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin (has some surface scratches) and the six original barrels but no other hardware or paperwork.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers and the correct original man (with painted face & hands).
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has a couple of scratches and that's about it for flaws. It is a nice, clean, rust-free piece with crisp lettering -- and the car works perfectly!
Close-up of the barrels and the #160 unloading bin.

Just a great piece for an operator: a good-looking, reliable work car that will add interest to any layout -- and one that won't break the budget!

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 $ 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.
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!
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!
6520 Searchlight Car E+/OB Yes $ 95 Stationary searchlight car from 1950-51 with orange generator, crinkle gray searchlight housing, die-cast frame, staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers plus a remote-control "ON/OFF" switch.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- it is a clean car with strong lettering plus all four frame steps are intact. The switch mechanism works perfectly and the car does light. Has the original searchlight lens.
An "aerial" view.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #6520-23, dated 5/49 (creases, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; lots of tape; minor dirt; no insert). Even with the imperfections, this box is one of the nicer 6520 boxes we have ever had as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

This sturdy and realistic-looking work car has a diesel motor assembly that modeled a General Motors generator. It is a perfect car for nighttime operations on a layout.
6560
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E++/OB Yes $ 85 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.
6560
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
VG Yes $ 20 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1955-58: has a black plastic frame with white lettering and a red plastic cab with white lettering plus metal bar-end trucks with operating tab couplers. The crane also has 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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