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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: July 6, 2022

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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
58 Great Northern
Snowplow
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $925 A gorgeous GN Rotary Snowplow from 1959-61 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the Snowplow.
Has an unpainted green body with white painted cab sides and green, heat-stamped lettering plus an operating tab coupler on the rear truck.
Photo of the other side.
Some paint chips on the tops of a couple of railings and that's about it for flaws! The unit is nice: all original and very, very clean with crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the front of the unit.
The snow blower is completely intact, the window struts are perfect and there are no screw cracks!
Photo of the back of the unit.
We "bench tested" the unit and the E-unit cycles perfectly plus it runs great and the blower works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box.
Another view of the box.
Box flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, tape, missing the "PUSH" tab.
Photo of the front of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy.
Photo of the elaborate box insert.
Has the original instruction sheet #58-28, dated 11-59 (holes punched).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

One of Lionel's 1959 ads stated: "This peppy green and white diesel switcher is designed to chew its way through mountainous snow drifts. Multi-bladed snow plow on the front actually revolves. Detail includes unique diesel stack, simulated bell and headlights plus railings and vents."

An all-original motorized unit that can pull a few cars while cleaning off the snow on your layout. It is a great piece -- one that is rarely found in collector-quality condition. This one is the first unrun 58 Snow Plow we have ever had; it is sharp and it's in a strong box!
68 Inspection
Car
E+/OB Yes $325 A good-looking 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 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).
Photo of the front and rear of the car.
Common paint loss on the chrome bumpers and chrome roof switch knob plus some paint loss on the right front fender. That's it for flaws! Overall, this car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and all intact with no cracks!
An "aerial" view.
Has a 2-position E-unit plus working headlights and working tail lights! Tested and this unit lights and runs great!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #68-81 dated 10/58.

Photo of the sealed end of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; no inserts).
Another view of the box.
This corrugated box was made by the Express Container Corp. -- 68-78 is the part number.
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.
The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the open end of the box.

The Inspection Car is hard to find this nice and we have had very few in collector-quality condition over the years. It is a sharp piece in a strong box!
Our Archives Page has more about 68 Executive Inspection Cars.
3359 Operating
Twin-Bin
Coal Dump Car
E+ Yes $ 65 A Twin-Bin coal dump car from early 1955: no bin, paperwork or hardware -- just the car.
Photo of the other side.
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.
An "aerial" view.
Minimal flaws: the car is completely intact and very clean with nice crisp lettering -- and the dumping mechanism works very well!

The 3359 Dump Car was sold by Lionel from 1955 to 1958 but the truck and coupler combination 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 had very few 3359 dump cars in nice shape over the years!
3461 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 65 All-metal log dump car from 1949: 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) stained logs.
Photo of the other side.
A sharp car: strong 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 2/49.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original ("Early Classic") box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; scrapes; tape; glue residue). Some flaws but the box has both end flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
The smaller-style box (with 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+ Yes $ 45 An all-metal ore dump from 1953: painted black with white heat-stamped lettering plus 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. The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering.
An "aerial" view of the car.

An action-oriented car that looks great and works very well!
(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 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.
3562-25 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+/OB Yes $110 A gray-painted barrel car with royal-blue letters and gray-painted trough from 1954:
Photo of the car.
Comes with the correct load of six (6) original barrels in the correct "Middle Classic" 362-78 component box (grade 7+ -- tears; tape inside).
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is the earlier version with no bracket tab (molded catch); it has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers plus the correct original (smaller) figure with painted face and hands.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
A few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws.
An "aerial" view of the car.
It is a nice, rust-free piece with crisp lettering -- and the car works perfectly!
Photo of the instruction sheet, barrels and the 362-78 component box.
Comes with the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin, the correct original instruction sheet #3562-54 (dated 6/54), the correct #96C controller, OTC lockon with 2 auxiliary rail clips, two track spacers and the platform extension for use in operating this car with the 362 Barrel Loader.
Photo of the unloading bin, track spacers and hardware.

Photo of the outer box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; stains; tape; mildly distorted; no insert). The box has a few flaws but it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps. It is better than most barrel car boxes and it will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the outer box.

An operating barrel car is the perfect companion to the #362 barrel loader but it is also a great stand-alone action car as it has the unloading bin. This 3562-25 looks good, works great and is ready for your 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.
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!
6262 Wheel Car Load: Unused

Car: E+++

OB
Yes $ 95 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.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases). This box is clean, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! 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.
Another view of the box.

A sharp, prototypical car in a very presentable box!

"Companion Car" to the 6362-55 Rail Truck Car listed below.
6460
(-25)
Operating
Crane Car
E++/OB Yes $260 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.
A little box rub on the roof and that's it for flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. it is also the nicest red-painted Crane Car we have ever had for sale!
An "aerial" view with the crane ready for a work detail.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ correct ("-25") original ("Middle Classic") box (tears; creases; punctures; minor stains; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has BOTH INSERTS and this box is solid: fairly clean, 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 two 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.
6561 Cable Car Load:
E++

Car:
E+

OB
Yes $ 95 Gray-painted, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1954: has black, rubber-stamped serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with the correct load of two original (harder-to-find) gray reels with the original aluminum wire.
Photo of the other side.
One light surface scratch on the decking and the lettering on one side is not quite as black as the other side but that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The reels are equally as nice -- all original and very, very clean! Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
An "aerial" view showing car's decking and the aluminum wire on the reels.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing a small piece of the box at one end; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; stains; mildly distorted). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all of the interior flaps plus it is fairly clean and sturdy! It will protect the car in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, prototypical car!

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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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