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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: March 2, 2017

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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 $235 The Pennsylvania Railroad Tie Jector Car: un-painted red body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver ornamental horn.
Photo of the Tie Jector.
Earlier (1957-58) version without the horizontal slot behind motorman.
Photo of the other side.
A very nice unit -- very clean with sharp graphics and the man is original.
Photo of the operator at the controls.
Serviced by us -- the ejection mechanism works great and the unit runs well!
Two "aerial" views of the unit.
Has the original envelope #55-77 (wrinkled; small staple holes; some dirt) containing the #55-76 instruction sheet dated 10/57 (creases; discolored), two #3360-126 original actuators, twenty (20) original #55-5 track ties and the original #926 Tube of Lubricant.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, track actuators, track ties and lubricant tube.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor tears; small scuffs; small crease).
Another view of the box.
Has the elaborate insert and the square cardboard end spacer and this brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Sharp and very clever motorized unit in one of the nicest Tie Jector boxes we have ever seen! The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
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.
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. The boom has "LIONEL CRANE" in raised letters molded into both sides. Has the correct, offset hook and the correct open-style cranks.
Photo of the lettering on the back of the cab.
Common paint loss on the base of the cab plus some scratches on the frame. In addition, the guy wires have some rust. Despite the flaws, this crane car is still rather presentable as the original boom is completely intact and the car is very clean overall with beautiful lettering!
An "aerial" view.

This primitive-looking, early postwar car with prewar-carryover design is getting harder and harder to find in decent shape.
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!
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 An all-metal automatic lumber car from 1948: has white heat-stamped lettering on a black frame plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
A few muted (but very readable) letters and that's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with a nice rust-free tilting tray -- plus the dumping mechanism works great!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray.
Has the correct load of five (5) unstained logs and the correct #160 Bakelite unloading bin.
Photo of the logs and the unloading bin.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the tuck & a small piece on one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; scrapes; no insert). A few flaws but the box is decent as it is clean, square & 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.
Another view of the box.

The 3451 is a lot harder to find compared to the later 3461 log dump cars!
3461 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75
SOLD
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.
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.
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $ 95 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 tab couplers. Version with unpainted gray searchlight housing cap and thick lettering on the frame.
Photo of the other side.
The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering; all four corner steps are intact and the lights and works great!
An "aerial" view.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/55.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scrapes; tape residue; creases; writing).It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is also the correct ("Late Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Photo of the box insert.

A very useful car that will add some action and light to your layout! It is also one of the nicest 3620 Searchlights Cars we have ever seen!
Two different versions of the 3650 Searchlight Extension Car:
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++/OB Yes $160 A searchlight car with DARK-gray die-cast frame and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers from 1957-59: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout.
Photo of the other side showing the car set for a trackside work detail.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with spectacular lettering!
Two "aerial" views.
Has a repro crank (but it's one of the better ones) -- and the car does light!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3650-38, dated 7/57 (tears; creases; tape; discolored).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; scrapes; creases; glue residue; no insert). This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very strong box. This very useful car will add some light to your layout!
Our Archives Page has more about 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++ Yes $ 60 A searchlight car with a light-gray, die-cast frame from 1956-59: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout. Has bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side with the crank engaged and the car ready for a trackside work detail.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
An "aerial" view.
Has a repro crank but all other parts are original and of course, the light does work.

A good-looking car and a great piece of rolling stock that offers some extra "play value" -- perfect for nighttime work operations on your layout!
Our Archives Page: more on 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
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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 E+ Yes $ 55 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 minor paint chips and a little box rub on the edges of the frame and that's it for flaws. The car is clean overall with all four frame steps are intact. The switch mechanism works perfectly and the car does light. Has the original searchlight lens.
Two "aerial" views.

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.
6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car:
E+
Yes $ 60 Gray, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1953-54: has black, rubber-stamped serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of two original gray reels with the original aluminum wire.
Photo of the other side.
A few paint chips and minor rub marks and that is it for flaws! The car is very clean with very nice lettering! The reels are clean and completely intact with no cracks or missing pieces!
An "aerial" view showing the aluminum wire on the reels and the car's decking.

A good-looking, prototypical car!
6822 Night Crew Searchlight Car E+ Yes $ 60 The only Searchlight Car made by Lionel during the '60s: the Night Crew Car -- a red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with gray superstructure and black searchlight cap.
Photo of the other side.
Some flaking on both the metal truck rivet and metal light bracket. That's about it for flaws; the car is very clean with crisp lettering and all original, including the correct man (with painted hands & face) -- plus the car does light!
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking and useful car -- perfect for an operator to use on 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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