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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: November 9, 2019

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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 $295 The Pennsylvania Railroad Tie Jector Car: un-painted red body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a silver ornamental horn.
Photo of the other side.
Earlier (1957-58) version without the horizontal slot behind motorman.
Another view.
Minimal flaws! It is a good-looking unit: very, very clean with nice graphics and the man is original.
Close-up of the operator at the controls.
Serviced by us -- the ejection mechanism works great and the unit runs well!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original envelope #55-77 (wrinkled; tears; dirt) containing the #55-76 instruction sheet dated 10/57 (creases; minor dirt), two #3360-126 original actuators and twenty (20) original #55-5 track ties.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, track actuators and track ties.

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

Sharp and very clever motorized unit in the nicest Tie Jector box we have ever had! The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
68 Inspection
Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $425 A very nice Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61! Modeled after a 1958 DeSoto station wagon, this unit (which measures 7 1/2 inches long) has a simulated Hy-rail device allowing it to run on railways.
Photo of the left side of the car.
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).
Photo of the other side.
Some paint chips and the usual paint loss from box rub on the chrome bumpers and chrome roof switch knob. Overall, this car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and all intact with no cracks -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the front and rear of the car.
Has lighted headlights and lighted tail lights! We "bench tested" this unit and it lights and runs fine!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (stains; minor tears; tape; writing; only one insert).
Another view of the box.
The box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.
Has the smaller insert which fits over the roof and helps to protect the E-unit switch.
Photo of the box insert and instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #68-81 dated 10/58.

The Inspection Car is hard to find this nice and we have had very few in collector-quality condition over the years; this one is the only unused Inspection Car we have ever had for sale! It is a high-quality piece in a nice box!
Our Archives Page has more about 68 Executive Inspection Cars.
2461 Transformer Car E+/OB Yes $160 A die-cast, depressed-center flatcar with a black transformer from 1947 only: painted medium gray, it has black rubber-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small amount of separation of the transformer halves plus some stains on the top of the transformer and that's about it for flaws! The flat is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering! Has the original transformer with an original decal and with original unbroken insulators.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs).
Another view of the box.
Has the original elaborate insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and rather brick-like -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the insert.

The 2461 transformer car is a very difficult item to find with original insulators!
3359 Operating
Twin-Bin
Coal Dump Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135
SOLD
A Twin-Bin coal dump car from 1955 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the unloading side 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 magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is completely intact and very clean with nice crisp lettering. We "bench tested" the car and it does work!
An "aerial" view.

Has the correct (and full) #207 original 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 paperwork, bin, bag of coal, wires and hardware.
Has all of the original hardware: the #90 controller, three unused (still-coiled) connecting wires, two OTC contactors & the four adjusting clips plus the paperwork: the correct original instruction sheet #3359-79 (dated 9/55) and the packing envelope, part #3359-78 (torn & wrinkled).

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (tears; creases; distorted; tape inside; glue residue; store price sticker; no insert). Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps; it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.
The 3359 Dump Car was sold by Lionel from 1955 to 1958 but the "Middle Classic" box, instruction sheet date plus the truck and coupler combination all help to date this car as a 1955 item.

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!
3360 Operating
Burro Crane
E++/OB Yes $295 The very impressive and very photogenic Burro Crane from 1956-57:
Photo of the left side.
Classified by some collectors as a "Motorized Unit" but listed here as it is truly a work car -- it just happens to have a motor allowing it to perform its functions and be self-propelled.
Photo of the right side.
Has an unpainted-yellow cab with red heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the front of the cab.
ALL ORIGINAL with minimal flaws: all intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering!
Photo of the back of the unit.
This very low-mileage unit runs great and all functions work properly!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original envelope #3360-94 (tears & wrinkles) containing the correct original activator track clip (#3360-15) and the original instruction sheet #3360-91, dated 8/56.
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet and activator clip.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; stains; some discoloration).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

With its extensive functionality, the postwar 3360 is somewhat of an engineering marvel! It is a great action piece: it can be used as a locomotive to pull a few light pieces of rolling stock plus its cab can rotate 359 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise reversing automatically at the end of each revolution. The block and hook assembly can be raised or lowered automatically as well.

This unique postwar Lionel piece was modeled on the versatile gasoline or diesel powered "Burro" crane made by the Cullen-Friestedt Company and used by many railroads for track work, rail-laying and for handling a wide range of materials. Costly (and dangerous) manual labor gave way to automating the track repair process (and making it safer) on the real railroads thanks to the burro crane.
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
E/OB Yes $ 95 A very unusual item: the operating log dump from 1946-47 with silver RUBBER-stamped lettering!
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
Has a black die-cast frame with a metal tilting tray plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
One of the fixed stakes has some bare metal showing from rust removal; the lettering is very, very strong on one side and has only some minor loss on the other side! (Usually the lettering is weak and virtually unreadable on both sides.) Overall, the car is very clean with a nice, rust-free tilting tray.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The dumping mechanism and the coil couplers work perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct load of five (5) original unstained logs and the correct original (smaller 7-inch) #160 Bakelite unloading bin.
Photo of the logs and the unloading bin.
Also has the correct original instruction sheet #3451-27 (dated 5/46) -- a very hard item to find!
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; glue residue; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is complete and sturdy! It is also the correct "Art Deco" box (measuring 4 3/8 inches wide, 10 1/4 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high) for this version of the 3451.
Photo of the elaborate box insert.

This variation of the 3451 is much harder to find than the heat-stamped 3451. It has been almost three years since we have had a rubber-stamped 3451 for sale; it is the nicest one we have surfaced as the lettering is very readable! If you are assembling a set from 1946 or early 1947, this is the correct car for those outfits.
3520 Operating
Searchlight Car
E++/OB Yes $ 65
SOLD
A revolving searchlight car from 1952 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 with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering plus it lights, rotates nicely and the "ON/OFF" switch works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; no insert). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car that will add plenty of action and light to your layout!
3530 GM
Generator Car
Set
Pole:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $165 The "ELECTRO MOBILE POWER" GM generator car -- a special boxcar from 1956 with interior light, operating fan & orange generator. Includes the original Transformer Pole (with black base) and original remote Searchlight.
Photo of the car.
Blue with white heat-stamped lettering and white graphics plus a black fuel tank. Harder-to-find version with the white stripe extending through the ladder detail on right. Has metal, bar-end trucks.
Photo: same side showing the car set up for a nighttime work detail with the doors open exposing the generator inside.
Minimal flaws. The car is completely intact and very, very clean with strong lettering and a nice rust-free chassis!
Photo of the other side of the car.
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.
An "aerial" view of the car.
The pole & searchlight are both all original and very clean and completely intact!
Photo showing two views of the searchlight, pole & wiring.
Has the original instruction sheet #3530-45, dated 11/56 (tears, discolored, holes from insect nibbles but still readable).
Photo of the (rather ugly) instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; some dirt; mildly distorted; no insert).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is has both end flaps & all of the inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

The components are 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!
3620 Searchlight Car E+/OB Yes $ 35 A revolving searchlight car from 1955: 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 thin lettering on the frame.
Photo of the other side.
The light bracket is tarnished and the searchlight lens is a repro item. That's about it for flaws. It is a very clean car with strong lettering -- plus it lights and works great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; stains; tape; glue residue; writing; mildly distorted; no insert).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is fairly sturdy and will protect the car in shipping and in storage. It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Photo of the front of the box.

A useful car that will add some action and light to your layout!
3927 Track Cleaning Car E+++/OB Yes $125 A good-looking operating Track Cleaning Car from 1956: 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 showing the car in its cleaning mode with the wiping carriage down.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: 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 of the car.
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 6/56.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; "aged" look; no inserts). The box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Great piece that will provide some "play" value to a layout plus it is very clean and in a superb box! It is one of the nicest Track Cleaning Cars we have ever had and in one of the nicest 3927 boxes we have ever seen!
6262 Wheel Car Load:
E+

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $125
SOLD
Black flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering and a gray superstructure (rack): this car from 1956-57 has bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the correct count of six unused wheel sets.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor rust on a couple of the wheel sets plus a small chip on the gray superstructure and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (creases & scrapes on one long side). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, clean, square & sturdy! The 6262 box is very hard to find this 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.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car in one of the nicest 6262 boxes we have ever had!
6460 Operating
Crane Car
E++/OB Yes $ 90 A black Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1952: 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.
Version with thin lettering & one hyphen on each side of the frame.
An "aerial" view with the crane ready for a work detail.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering on both the cab and the frame!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; no inserts). The box is very presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy plus it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a decent box!
6460
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E++/OB Yes $225 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. Catalogued by Lionel as "6460-25" but the car is actually numbered "6460" on the frame.
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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view with the crane ready for a work detail.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 correct ("-25") original ("Middle Classic") box (tears; creases; stains; scrapes; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has BOTH INSERTS and even with the flaws, this box is very useful as it is complete, square and sturdy! It is also a very, very hard box to find.
Photo of the inserts.

Check your collection. This is not a common item and it's been over three years since we have had one for sale! The red-painted crane car only came in one catalogued set -- the 6250 Seaboard work train outfit #1523.

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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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