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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 19, 2023

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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
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
E+++/OB Yes $425
SOLD
A gorgeous 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.
Minimal flaws on the cab! It is very, 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.
The chassis is equally as nice although the wheels were over-zealously cleaned and are brighter looking than when new. Serviced and this peppy motorized unit runs great!
An "aerial" view.
The 53 Snowplow was sold from 1957 to 1960, but the instruction sheet helps to date this piece as a 1957 item.
Another "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #53-18 dated 7/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scrapes; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Nicest 53 Snow Plow we have ever had! It is 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 strong box!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 53 Snow Plows.
(2411) Flatcar with Pipes Load:
New

Car:
E+
Yes $ 45
SOLD
Gray-painted, die-cast flatcar with black serif lettering from 1946: has well-made, reproduction black, metal pipes that closely resemble originals. Also known as the "BIG INCH" car, it has staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint chips on the edge of the car's decking and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with beautiful lettering plus all four corner steps are intact! Has reproduction stakes.
Close-up of the pipes and a view of the car's decking.

A good-looking, prototypical car! The 2411 flat is the version with rectangular pads underneath thereby dating this piece as a late 1946 item.
3359 Operating
Twin Bin
Coal Dump Car
E++/OB Yes $195
On
HOLD
A very nice Twin Bin coal dump from 1956:
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 all intact and very, very clean with sharp lettering!
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 packing envelope, part #3359-78 (torn & wrinkled). Includes the original unused (still coiled) green connecting wires.
Photo of the paperwork.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (stains; scuffs; tears; writing; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and even with the flaws, this box is solid as it is complete, square & 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 had very few 3359 dump cars in collector quality condition over the years! The box is not easy to find intact either. This car is nice, it works perfectly -- and the box is decent!
(3559) Operating Coal Dump Car E++ Yes $ 95 An automatic ore dump from 1946: has a black frame with a red tilting tray plus staple-end trucks with "flying shoe" coil couplers. Version with black Bakelite mechanism housing.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint loss in one corner of the frame and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the motor cover.
This rare car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint both on the tray and the frame plus the tipple action of this car works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.
The Lionel catalogue number of "3559" is clearly rubber stamped in silver on the bottom of the car.
Photo of the bottom of the car showing the number and "flying shoe" trucks.

Note that the correct box for this version of the 3559 is an "Art Deco" box. However, we do have a 3559 "Early Classic" box from 1948 for sale separately (discount of $25 if both the car and box are purchased together). Click here to go to our Original Boxes Page to read about that box.

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. It is also the first 3559 with flying shoe trucks we have ever had available for sale!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to learn more about 3559 Dump Cars.
3562-1 ==========
Operating
A. T. & S. F.
Barrel Car
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E++/OBs Yes $450
On
HOLD
The scarce BLACK-painted A. T. S. F. barrel car from 1954 only:
Photo of the car.
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 other side of the car.
The car is all intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering. It is rust free and has no significant flaws.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car works very well and very quietly! Has the correct original man!
Photo of the barrels and an "aerial" view showing the trough.

Has the original envelope (tears; creases; tape) #3562-53 containing the correct original instruction sheet #3562-54 dated 6/54, 96C controller, OTC lockon with 2 auxiliary rail clips, two unused (still-coiled) connecting wires, track spacers, the platform extension (bridge) for use in operating this car with the 362 Barrel Loader.
Photo of the envelope, instructions, barrels, barrel box, bin and hardware.
Has the correct load of six (6) original barrels (with correct "Middle Classic" 362-78 component box -- which is a grade 8 (tears; creases; tape inside) and the correct #160 black (polystyrene) unloading bin!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; punctures; tape; glue residue; mildly distorted; no insert).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is the correct (no suffix) original "Middle Classic" box for the black barrel car!

A very hard car to find in collector-quality condition with a very, very hard box to find!

An operating barrel car is the perfect companion to the #362 barrel loader but it is also a great stand-alone action car. This all-original 3562-1 looks good, works great and is ready for your display shelf or layout.
3562-75 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E++ Yes $65 A nice orange barrel car with black lettering and black-painted trough from 1957-58: has bar-end trucks with tab couplers plus a reproduction man. (No bin, hardware or paperwork -- just the car and barrels).
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering!
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Comes with six (6) original barrels from assorted lots.
Photo of the barrels plus an "aerial" view of the car.

An operating barrel car is the perfect companion to the #362 barrel loader but it is also a great stand-alone action car. This 3562-75 is sharp, works great and is ready for your layout.
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $135
SOLD
A sharp revolving searchlight car from 1955: has a gray-painted, die-cast frame with black (sans-serif) lettering, (bright) orange generator, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with unpainted gray searchlight housing cap and thin lettering on the frame.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws. It is a very clean car with strong lettering -- plus it lights and works fine!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert and the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/55.

A very, very nice piece in one of the nicest 3620 boxes we have ever had!
3927 Track Cleaning Car E+/OB Yes $ 45 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!
(6402)Flatcar with Reels Load:
E+++

Car:
E++
Yes $ 40 A gray "General-style" flatcar with the correct load of two original empty orange cable reels!
Photo of the other side.
This completely unadorned and undecorated flat has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
An "aerial" view of the reels and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the car; it is completely intact and very, very clean with nice rust-free truck rivets. The reels are in near-perfect condition -- no cracks or chips. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.

This is the only 6402 Flatcar we have ever had for sale! It came unboxed in flat-pack sets in the 60s and Lionel never produced an individual component box for this item.
6560
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E++ Yes $110 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1955-56: version with GRAY cab and black heat-stamped lettering plus a black plastic frame with white heat-stamped lettering. Has open cranks and the correct original straight hook plus bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Catalogued as "6560-25" by Lionel but only "6560" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the crane prepared for a work detail.

We have had very few gray 6560 Crane Cars over the years! It is not an easy item to find -- and this is a nice one!
656025Operating
Crane Car
E+/OB Yes $275 A very nice and very unusual Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1956 only with "656025" on the frame! (The common version only has "6560" on the frame.)
Photo of the other side.
Has a black plastic frame, red cab, white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers plus OPEN cranks and a straight hook.
An "aerial" view showing the crane prepared for a work detail.
A few light surface scratches on the cab and that's about it for flaws! The car is sharp: all original, completely intact and very, very clean with very nice lettering.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; "aged" look to parts of the box).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct "-25" Late Classic box for this version of the red Crane Car!
Photo of the elaborate insert.

Check your collection; this one-year-only car is not easy to find!
6561 Cable Car Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $135 A spectacular gray, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1954-55: has black, rubber-stamped serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of two original orange reels with the original aluminum wire.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint! The reels are all original, clean and intact with no cracks or missing pieces! Has a reproduction elastic tie down band.
Photo of the reels and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; minor creases; some discoloration). This box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

It will be hard to find a nicer 6561 -- it is a gorgeous car in a very, very strong box.
6802 Flatcar
with Girders
Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
Yes $ 65
SOLD
Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1958-59 with black "U. S. STEEL" Girders. Flat has mold #6511-2 plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The girders are ORIGINAL but do not have the raised "6418" numbering on the right which according to most guidebooks is incorrect for this car. However, this car almost always shows up with un-numbered girders! My belief is that this car came both ways. Has a reproduction elastic tie down band.
An "aerial" view of the car and the inside of the girders.
The girders are all intact and very, very clean with beautiful lettering. The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets!

Nice car that is rather uncommon!

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