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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 14, 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
50 Gang Car VG/OB Yes $ 75 The most popular motorized unit ever made by Lionel: the Section Gang Car:
Photo of the other side.
Has an olive-colored rotating man, two blue fixed crewmen, center horn, blue bumpers and "U-shaped" bumper brackets dating this item as a late 1954 unit.
Photo of the front.
Weak (but readable) lettering and the fixed crewmen are repro items; that's about it for flaws. The unit is very clean plus the control handles are still there!
An "aerial view."

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; rips; tape inside; some dirt; "period" stamping; no insert). The box has some flaws but it has both end flaps and all inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #50-94 dated 10/54.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Both the box and the instruction sheet are correct for this version of the 50 Gang Car.

The 50 Gang Car is common but the center horn version is much harder to find than a gang car with an offset horn. This very, very low-mileage piece runs great!
52 Fire Car ======
E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $275
SOLD
A very colorful, all original motorized unit from 1958-61 that was NEVER USED! Red with white heat-stamped lettering plus gold ornamental bell, retractable hose assembly, gray compressor, retractable white outriggers, rubberized bumpers and a red warning light.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub plus a couple of paint chips and that's it for flaws! It is very clean with sharp graphics and nothing is broken or cracked and all of the window struts are intact!
Another view.
"Bench" tested and it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (stains; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the elaborate box insert.
Includes the original instruction sheet #52-43X, dated 9/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

AKA the "Fire Fighting Car," it is an interesting piece -- one that we have not had for a number of years as they are hard to find this nice. This one is the only unused Fire Car we have ever had!
(2411) Flatcar with Pipes Load:
E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $275 Gray-painted, die-cast flatcar with black serif lettering from 1946 only with original black, metal pipes. Also known as the "BIG INCH" car, it has staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the car is very clean with nice lettering plus all four corner steps are intact!
An "aerial" view of the car and the pipes.
The pipes have some minor rust spots but they are clean and they are ORIGINAL!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct 1946 "Art Deco" box (without the Toy Logo) for this version of the 2411.
Photo of the box insert.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very nice, brick-like box! The 2411 flat is somewhat common but the original pipes and the 1946 box are very, very hard to find! This is a very scarce piece!
(2411) Flatcar with Logs ===> ===> ===> If you are looking for the 2411 Flatcar with Logs, we have one for sale!
Click here to go to our Freight Cars Page to read about a very clean, boxed 2411 Flatcar with ORIGINAL Logs from 1947-48.
3361 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $160 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!
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E+/OB Yes $135 All-metal log dump car with bar-end trucks from 1954-55: white heat-stamped lettering on a green frame. 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.
A few small rust spots on the tilting tray and that's it for flaws! The green frame is gorgeous and the lettering is very, very crisp and clean!
Photo of the logs and a view of the car's tilting tray.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 8 (tears; tape on the inside; some dirt; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
It is the larger (separate sale) box which accommodates the unloading bin.
Photo of the insert.
Has the insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Comes with an original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 2/53 (technically incorrect as it should have a 1954 date).

Bonus: the unloading bin is rather unusual with some red flakes in the black Bakelite. Look at the photo closely!
Photo of the bin.

A great-looking car -- and it works perfectly! Plus it's in a very strong separate-sale 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.
3520 Operating
Searchlight Car
E++/OB Yes $125 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!
3562-25 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+ Yes $45 A gray-painted barrel car with royal-blue letters and gray-painted trough from 1954: has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin plus the correct load of six (6) original barrels but no hardware.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car is the version with no bracket tab (molded catch); it has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers and a repro man.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Some scratches on the metal frame underside but minimal flaws on the car's body (box rub; small scratches). It is a clean car with crisp lettering
An "aerial" view of the car.
Nice quiet car that works perfectly!
Photo of the bin and barrels.
Has the correct, original instruction sheet #3562-54, dated 6/54 (discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

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.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3562 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 47 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3562-75 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+/OB Yes $175 Orange barrel car from 1957-58: has black, heat-stamped lettering, a black trough and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the car.
Has the correct load of six (6) original barrels plus the correct original (larger) man with painted hands and face.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws -- it is very clean with crisp lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
A close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car looks even better than what the photos indicate plus it works perfectly!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; tape on the inside; no insert). Not an easy box to find nice; this one is one of the nicest 3562-75 boxes we have ever had!
Another view of the box.
Grade 6 original "Middle-Classic" component box for the barrels (missing the tuck on one end and that end is taped shut; dirt). It is also technically incorrect for the orange barrel car as it should be a "Late Classic" box similar to the outer box.
Photo of the barrels and component box.

Comes with the correct original instruction sheet (#3562-54, dated 5/57) plus the correct 90C controller, an OTC lockon with rail clips, two track spacers, the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin and the small metal platform extension (minor rust) to use when operating this car with the 362 Barrel Loader.
Photo of the instruction sheet, unloading bin, controller, OTC lockon, spacers and platform extension.

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 3562-75 looks good, works great and is ready for your layout.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine just rated the 3562 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel operating cars! See page 47 of the December, 2013 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their opinion.
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $110 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 $175 A searchlight car with DARK-gray die-cast frame from 1956-59: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout.
Photo of the other side.
A gorgeous car: very, very clean with spectacular lettering -- and of course, it does work! Has the original crank.
An "aerial" view.
Includes the original instruction sheet #3650-38 (dated 7/56) . . . AND the special "NOTICE" (#1629) warning the customer that "the cable ends . . . will come out if the cable is completely unwound and pulled."
Photo of the special "NOTICE" and the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; creases; tears; some stains; "period" writing; no insert). The box is very presentable even with the flaws as it is square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car in a decent box -- we have had very few dark-gray 3650s over the years.
Our Archives Page has more about 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
3927 Track Cleaning Car E+++/OB Yes $ 85 A sharp 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.
Photo of the left side of the car.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the other side showing the car in its cleaning mode with the wiping carriage down.
Note that this unit must be pulled by a locomotive as the motor inside is strictly for the cleaning action.
Photo of the front.
Fully functional and the cleaning mechanism works as designed! Has a washing sponge and three wiping cylinders. The sponge and wiping cylinders are very, very clean so they are probably repro items.
An "aerial" view of the car showing the wells.
Has both ORIGINAL plastic squeeze bottles (very little fluid left). The bottles are in excellent-plus condition with spectacular lettering front and back!
Photo of the lettering on both the front and the back of the bottles.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (tears; rips; creases; loads of tape; stains; "aged" look; missing one insert).
Another view of the box.
The box has lots of flaws but it does have one of the inserts plus it is square and it does have all of the flaps.
Photo of the bottles of fluid, box insert, instruction sheet, special "Notice" and extra wipes.
Has the original instruction sheet #3927-44 dated 8/56 and the original #3927-46 special "NOTICE" tag provided by Lionel to warn customers against using any other cleaner!

Great piece for a layout!
Two different versions of the 6418 Machinery Car:
6418 Machinery Car ======
Load:
E++

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $185 A 16-wheel, die-cast, depressed-center flatcar that was NEVER USED! Has original (orange) "LIONEL" Girders.
Photo of the other side.
Some discoloration from moisture on the brakestands plus a few light rub marks on the car's decking from the girders and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean and the girders are equally as nice! Comes with two repro elastic tie-down bands.
Photo of the inspection slip and a look at the car in its "traveling mode."
Has the original inspection slip!
An "aerial" view of the car's decking and a closer look at the girders.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; lots of tape; tears; creases; distorted). The box has some flaws but it is better than most 6418 boxes as the vast majority of them were torn open from the inside because the double trucks have a tendency to twist when the car is removed or placed back in the box.
Another view of the box.

The 6418 was sold from 1955 to 1957 but the "Middle Classic" box and the magnetic couplers with black rivets help date this car as a 1955 item.

One of the sturdiest and most realistic cars produced by Lionel in the postwar era. This 6418 is the one of the nicest ones we have ever had for sale!
6418 Machinery Car Load: E+

Car: E+

OB
Yes $185 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!
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6561 Cable Car Load: E++

Car: Ex.

OB
Yes $110 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.
6660 Boom
Crane Car
E-/OB Yes $110 An interesting work car: the hand-operated Boom Crane Car from 1958 only: has white lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers plus a long boom, short boom and two outriggers (all original). Version with frame mold #6511-2.
Photo of the other side with the car in work detail mode and outriggers down.
Small "melt" mark on the decking and that is it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice lettering -- and rust free metal parts!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; "period" writing; no insert). A very presentable box as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy with no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #6660-58 (dated 6/58).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Just want a car with plenty of "play value" for your layout? Price without the box and instruction sheet: $75 plus shipping & insurance!
6812 Track
Maintenance Car
======
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $275 A Track Maintenance Car from 1961 that was NEVER USED! Version with all gray superstructure parts. Has the original instruction sheet #6812-22 dated 8/59.
Photo of the car.
Red flat with mold #6511-2 and early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Has both original men!
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with crisp lettering and with everything intact!
An "aerial" view showing the platform raised as the men get ready for a trackside work detail.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape on the inside; light stains). The box is solid: complete, square and sturdy -- plus it is not easy to find!
Another view of the box.

The 6812 was produced from 1959 to 1961 (and sold through 1962 using leftover inventory) but the "Picture" box and the gray superstructure parts help to date this car as a 1961 item. Note that this color combination (gray platform & gray base) has long been documented as a legitimate variation. However, recent research using internal Lionel documentation has shown that Lionel only intended to create gray over black and black over gray combinations -- but not all gray. Most likely the gray over gray combination reflects Lionel's using up old inventory or possibly collectors creating variations. This car came to us complete, intact and unused!

An interesting car that is very, very difficult to find nice. The platform can be raised and moved from side to side when it is at full elevation. This one is the nicest 6812 we have ever had and in one of the nicest 6812 boxes we have ever had!

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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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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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