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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: December 8, 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
Two different versions of the 53 Rio Grande Snowplow:
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
E++/OB Yes $825 A good-looking Rio Grande Snowplow from 1957-60:
Photo of the Snowplow.
It is the EXTREMELY RARE version with the CORRECT "a" on the sides!
Photo of the other side.
Has an un-painted yellow plow plus an un-painted black body with a yellow-painted cab and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the front of the unit.
Minimal flaws! No screw cracks and the window struts are intact!
Photo of the back of the unit.
The cab is very, very clean with sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint
An "aerial" view.
Serviced and the unit runs great!
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; one crease; some stains & discoloration).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is SOLID: complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

Has the original instruction sheet #53-18 dated 7/57 (tears; discoloration).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

This is only the second 53 Snowplow with the correct "a" that we have ever had available for sale! It is a very, very difficult piece to find!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 53 Snowplows.
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
E+/OB Yes $425 A nice yellow and black Rio Grande Snowplow from 1957:
Photo of the other side.
This one is the more common version with the backwards "a" on the sides.
Photo of the front of the unit.
A few paint chips and box rub on the railings plus some minor scratches on the cab and that's about it for flaws. The cab is very clean with sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint! There are no screw cracks and the window struts are perfect!
Photo of the back of the unit.
Serviced and it runs great!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #53-18 dated 7/57 (tears; creases; insect nibbles; discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scuffs; creases; some dirt; "aged" look; discoloration from removing a price sticker; no insert). A few flaws but the box is very presentable as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great, all-original motorized unit designed to pull a few cars while cleaning off the snow on your layout. The 53 is one item that we rarely get in collector-quality condition. this one is sharp and in a fairly strong box!
The 53 Snowplow was sold from 1957 to 1960, but the instruction sheet helps to date this piece as a 1957 item.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 53 Snow Plows.
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68 Inspection
Car
E+/OB Yes $350 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 of the left side of the car.
The car measures 7 1/2 inches long and has lighted headlights and lighted tail lights!
Another view of the right side of the car.
A few small paint chips and the right-side passenger door window has a factory paint overrun plus the usual paint loss from box rub on the chrome bumper ends and chrome roof switch knob plus the typical small scratches on the windshield. (Same flaws found on just about every all-original Inspection Car.)
Photo of the front and back of the car.
Overall, this car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and all intact with no cracks. This unit lights and runs great and it is ready for your layout or display case.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; stains).
Another view of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the Express Container Corp.
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.
Has both inserts and this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere! it is one of the nicest #68 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the box inserts.
Has the original instruction sheet #68-81 dated 10/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

A very nice looking piece in a very, very strong box! The 68 inspection car is not easy to find intact and we have had very few this nice over the years.
Our Archives Page has more about 68 Executive Inspection Cars.
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E++/OB Yes $ 60 Large operating log dump from 1956: gray molded plastic frame with black lettering and metal underframe plus bar-end metal trucks with magnetic 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 (measuring 5 inches long by 7/16 inches in diameter).
Close-up of the logs and an "aerial" view showing the car's dumping tray and decking.
Minimal flaws! The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and it works perfectly!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; one discolored inner flap; tears; creases; tape). 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 3/56.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
The 3361 Log Dump Car was sold from 1955 to 1961, but the trucks, instruction sheet and the "Late Classic" box help to date this car as a 1956 item.

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!
3461 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75 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. Has the correct load of five (5) unstained logs.
Photo of the other side.
A sharp car: nice lettering and the tilting tray is very clean with no rust. The dumping mechanism works great!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 2/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original ("Middle Classic") box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; one corner has the top layer missing -- probably from tape removal; punctures; some stains; lots of tape).
Another view of the box.
The box has both end flaps plus it is square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
A third photo of the box.
The smaller-style box (which has coupler flaps but no liner) and the "X" designation indicate that this car was originally part of a set -- not a separate sale item.

A great-looking "action" RR work car -- this version of the 3461 is harder to find than the later versions.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E++/OB Yes $ 85
SOLD
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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean overall with crisp lettering on the frame and a nice rust-free metal tilting tray.
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Comes with an original instruction sheet (tears, creases, 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 7 (missing one interior coupler flap; tears). The box is solid: clean, square and very sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! 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 -- and it works perfectly!
Two different versions of the 3469 Operating Coal Dump Car (Sold 6/2011):
3469 Operating Coal Dump Car E+/OB Yes $110 An all-metal ore dump from 1953:
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
The car is black with white lettering and has metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other 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.
Close-up of the lettering on one side of the car.
The car is very clean with vibrant paint and very nice lettering.
An "aerial" view showing the inside of the car's bin.
Has the correct (smaller) 7-inch Bakelite #160 unloading bin, the correct original #207 bag of coal (which is at least 80% full) and the correct original instruction sheet (tears, creases, discolored) -- #3461-11, dated 2/53.
Photo of the instruction sheet, unloading bin and bag of coal.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (minor tears; small creases; a few scrapes).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square, rather brick-like and there is no tape anywhere! It is the larger (separate sale and harder-to-find) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the box insert.

A good-looking, action-oriented car that works perfectly -- and it's in a very, very strong box!
3469 Operating
Coal Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75 All-metal ore dump from 1950:
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is black with white lettering and has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Close-up of the lettering on one side of the car.
Some paint loss around the top corner edge of the tray on one side plus the usual two paint chips on the lower edge of the tray on the "dumping side" where the door hits the frame. That's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering.
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original #207 bag of coal (which is at least 90% full) and the correct original instruction sheet (tears, creases, discolored, punched holes) -- #3461-11, dated 4/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet and bag of coal.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scrapes; writing in pencil; lots of tape; "aged" look). Despite the flaws, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is the smaller "X" box indicating that this car was once part of a set.
Another view of the box.

A brawny, action-oriented car that looks great and works well! The 3469 was sold from 1949 to 1955 but the trucks and instruction sheet help to date this car as one that was sold in 1950.
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(3559) Operating Coal Dump Car E+/OB Yes $145
SOLD
Here's a car we have not had for sale in years: an automatic ore dump from 1947: has a black frame with a red tilting tray plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers. Version with black Bakelite mechanism housing.
Photo of the car.
A little paint loss on the top edge of the tilting tray on one side plus a few minor paint chips on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint both on the tray and the frame!
Photo of the other side.
The tipple action of this car works perfectly!
Photo of the motor cover.
The Lionel catalogue number of "3559" is clearly rubber stamped in silver on the bottom of the car.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; punctures; no insert). A very presentable box: clean, square & sturdy plus it has all of the flaps and there is no tape anywhere! The "Art Deco Toy Logo" box helps to date this piece as a 1947 item.
Another view of the box.
Has the #207 original full bag of coal (approximately 75% full) plus the original #160 Bakelite bin.
Photo of the bin and bag of coal.

This primitive-looking car with a prewar-carryover design is another example of an early postwar item that is no longer that easy to find in collector-quality condition.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to learn more about 3559 Dump Cars.
3562-50 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+ Yes $ 60 A molded (unpainted) yellow barrel car with black, heat-stamped lettering and black-painted trough from 1955:
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin and six original barrels but no other hardware or paperwork.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car has metal, bar-end trucks plus a repro man (with painted face & hands).
Photo of the barrels and the #160 unloading bin plus an "aerial" view of the car.
A few surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is a nice, very clean, rust-free piece with strong lettering -- and the car works perfectly!

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!
6262 Wheel Car Load:
Unused

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $110 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, 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 one interior coupler flap; tears; writing; tape inside). A few flaws but the box 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 very presentable box!
6460 Operating
Crane Car
E+/OB Yes $175 A sharp black Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1953-54: has a die-cast frame, white lettering, bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers plus open cranks and the correct offset hook.
Photo of the other side with the crane ready for a work detail.
Version with thin lettering & no hyphens on the frame.
An "aerial" view of the car.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (tears; minor writing; "aged" look); the box has BOTH INSERTS and it is SOLID: complete, clean, square, rather brick-like and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
One of the nicest 6460 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the elaborate and seldom-seen inserts.
An old store price sticker provides a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by The M. O'Neil Co., a regional department store chain based in Akron, Ohio!

The 6460 black Crane Car is fairly common -- but not in this condition and not with a box like this one! It is a good-looking car in a superb box!
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!
6520 Searchlight Car VG Yes $ 40 Stationary searchlight car from 1949-51 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.
Some of the lettering is weak (but visible) plus there is some box rub on the edges of the frame. The car is fairly clean overall with all four frame steps are intact. The switch mechanism works perfectly and the car does light. Has the original searchlight lens.
An "aerial" view.

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.
6802 Flatcar
with Girders
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Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $150 Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1958-59 with ORIGINAL (black) "U. S. STEEL" Girders. Flat has mold #6511-2 plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck rivets -- plus it was NEVER USED! Has the original elastic tie down band.
An "aerial" view of the car's decking and the inside of the girders.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; minor creases).
Another view of the box.
The box is solid: 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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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