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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: February 28, 2018

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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
2461 Transformer Car E++/OB Yes $235
On
HOLD
A die-cast, depressed-center flatcar with a RED transformer from 1947 only: the frame is painted medium gray and it has black rubber-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The transformer is the version with a decal on each side. The transformer is original with original unbroken insulators! The car is very, very clean with nice lettering on the frame.
An "aerial" view.

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

A sharp car in a high-quality box! The 2461 transformer car is a very difficult item to find in collector-quality condition and we have not had a 2461 with a red transformer for sale in over three years!
3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
E/OB Yes $160 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.

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.
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. Version with the white stripe ending at the ladder detail on right. Has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo: same side showing the car set up for a nighttime work detail with the doors open exposing the generator inside.
Some of the lettering is not as white as when new and that's about it for flaws. The car is completely intact and very clean overall with 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 very clean and intact!
Photo showing two views of the searchlight, pole & wiring.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape; glue residue; scrapes; writing; round sticker; "aged" look; no insert).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is fairly square & sturdy. It will protect the car and searchlight in shipping and in storage.

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!
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++/OB Yes $140 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.
6460 Operating
Crane Car
E- Yes $ 40 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1953-54: has a black-painted cab with white heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted die-cast frame, with white heat-stamped lettering, open cranks and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct original offset hook.
Photo of the other side with the crane in its work detail mode.
Version with thin lettering & no hyphens on the frame.
An "aerial" view.
Some box rub and a few paint chips on the frame plus the metal parts on the boom are tarnished. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!

A nice-looking, brawny RR work car with lots of "play" value.
Two different versions of the Red 6560 Crane Car:
6560 Operating
Crane Car
E+ Yes $ 50 A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1955: has an unpainted red cab with white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black plastic frame with white, heat-stamped lettering, solid cranks and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Has the correct original straight hook.
Photo of the other side showing the crane prepared for a work detail.
A few chips in the lettering on the frame and that's about it for flaws. The car is completely intact and very clean with strong lettering overall.
An "aerial" view.

A great-looking work train piece that offers both realism and "play value" for a layout.
6560 Operating
Crane Car
VG+ Yes $ 30
SOLD
A Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from the late 50s and early 60s: has an unpainted red cab with white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black plastic frame with white, heat-stamped lettering, solid cranks and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the correct original straight hook.
Photo of the other side with the crane in its work detail mode.
Surface scratches on both the cab and the frame; that's it for flaws. It all intact and very clean with very nice lettering.
An "aerial" view.

A good-looking & inexpensive RR work car with lots of "play" value.
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6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car:
E+
Yes $ 50
SOLD
Gray, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar from 1953-55: 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 $ 40
SOLD
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 black superstructure and gray searchlight cap.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, 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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

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Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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