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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: December 18, 2014

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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 $160 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.
Later (improved) 1959-61 version with ventilating horizontal slot behind the motorman.
Photo of the other side.
A very nice unit -- very clean with sharp graphics and the man is original.
Photo of the operator "in the light" & "in the dark."
Serviced by us -- 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 #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 8 original box (tears; small scuffs; minor discoloration; "aged" look; missing the square cardboard spacer).
Another view of the box.
Has the elaborate insert 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, very strong box. The Tie Jector will look good either on display or adding some action to your layout.
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $110 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 sans-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.

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!
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 $ 95 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.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $160 All-metal log dump car from 1954-55 that was NEVER USED! 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.
One small rust spot on the tilting tray and that's it for 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 car was "bench tested" and the dumping mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the logs, bin, instruction sheet and inspection slip.
Comes with the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 1/54 and the original inspection slip!

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 8 (tears; some stains; creases; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
It is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the box insert (shown unfolded).
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert (shown folded as it fits inside the box).

A great-looking car in one of the nicest separate-sale 3461-25 boxes we have ever seen!

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.
3469 Operating
Coal Dump Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
All-metal ore dump from 1950:
Photo of the dumping side of the car.
The car is black with white lettering and has staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
A few paint chips plus a small amount of touch-up on the tray's dumping door and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with nice crisp lettering and the dumping mechanism works very well!
Photo of the bag of coal and the instruction sheet.
Has the correct original instruction sheet (tears, creasers, stains) #3461-11, dated 2/50 and the correct #207 original bag of coal which is over 95% full!

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap and a 2-inch section of the top layer of the cardstock on one long side and that end is taped shut; tears; crease; scrapes; writing in pencil). Despite the flaws, this box is very useful as it is fairly clean, 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 instruction sheet, "Middle Classic" box and trucks all help to date this car as a 1950 item.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3469 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.
3520 Operating
Searchlight Car
E++/OB Yes $110 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!
3530 GM Generator Car Set Pole:
E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $175 The "ELECTRO MOBILE POWER" GM generator car -- a special boxcar from 1956 with interior light, operating fan and orange generator. Includes the original Transformer Pole (with blue base) and original remote Searchlight.
Photo of the car.
Blue with white heat-stamped lettering and white graphics plus a blue fuel tank. Harder-to-find version with the white stripe extending through the ladder detail on right. Has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side and set up for a nighttime work detail with the doors open showing the generator inside.
A few muted (but very readable) letters on one of the doors and that's about it for flaws. The car is very clean with a nice rust-free chassis!
An "aerial" view 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. The pole and searchlight are both very clean and all intact!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scuffs; dirt; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the instruction sheet and box insert plus the searchlight & pole.
Has the original instruction sheet #3530-45 (dated 11/56).

The components are very 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 $ 90 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 $160 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!
6520 Searchlight Car E+/OB Yes $110 Stationary searchlight car from 1950-51 with maroon generator and crinkle flat gray searchlight housing; has a die-cast frame, staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers & a remote-control "ON/OFF" switch.
Photo of the other side.
The "E" in "LIONEL" on one side is scratched and that is about it for flaws! The car is very clean and all four frame steps are intact. The switch mechanism works perfectly and the car does light.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the interior coupler flap and a small piece of the box; tears; scuffs; tape inside; store advertising stamping; "period" writing; no insert).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is very useful and it is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus it has both end flaps and it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the original instruction sheet #6520-23 (dated 5/50).

A sharp prototypical car and a great layout piece plus the maroon generator version is much harder to find than the one with an orange generator.
6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car: Ex.

OB
Yes $ 95 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.
Some rust on the frame's metal corner steps and that is it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with very, very nice lettering! The reels are clean and intact with no cracks or missing pieces!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a very strong 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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