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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 24, 2016

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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
Two different versions of the 53 Rio Grande Snow Plow:
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $825 A good-looking yellow and black Rio Grande Snowplow from 1958-60 that was NEVER USED:
Photo of the Snow Plow.
It is the EXTREMELY RARE version with the CORRECT "a" on the sides!
Photo of the other side.
A small hairline crack by the rear mounting screw (no loss of plastic) plus a few paint chips on the railings, some minor paint loss on the bottom of the cab on the left side and some tiny foreign paint flecks on the roof.
Photo of the front of the unit.
The cab is very nice overall: very clean with sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint and intact window struts!
Photo of the back of the unit.
We "bench tested" the unit -- the E-unit cycles perfectly and it runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box.
Another view of the box.
Box flaws: has a separation from a slit on one end; glue residue showing and there is tape inside in an attempt to repair the area; tears).
Photo showing the area where the repair was made.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfection, this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

Has the correct original instruction sheet #53-18 dated 6/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet and the Lionel wrapping paper.
Has the original Lionel wrapping paper (usual tears) which was provided by the company to reduce box rub.

The 53 Snow Plow was sold from 1957 to 1960, but the instruction sheet (and the lettering on the snow plow) help to date this piece as having been produced after 1957.

This is the first 53 Snow Plow with the correct "a" that we have ever had! It is a very, very difficult piece to find!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 53 Snow Plows.
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
E+/OB Yes $425 A nice yellow and black Rio Grande Snowplow from 1957:
Photo of the other side.
This one is the more common version with the backwards "a" on the sides.
Photo of the front of the unit.
A few paint chips and box rub on the railings plus some minor scratches on the cab and that's about it for flaws. The cab is very clean with sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint! There are no screw cracks and the window struts are perfect!
Photo of the back of the unit.
Serviced and it runs great!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #53-18 dated 7/57 (tears; creases; insect nibbles; discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; scuffs; creases; some dirt; "aged" look; discoloration from removing a price sticker; no insert). A few flaws but the box is very presentable as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great, all-original motorized unit designed to pull a few cars while cleaning off the snow on your layout. The 53 is one item that we rarely get in collector-quality condition. this one is sharp and in a fairly strong box!
The 53 Snow Plow was sold from 1957 to 1960, but the instruction sheet helps to date this piece as a 1957 item.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 53 Snow Plows.
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3451 Operating
Log Dump Car
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E+
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 75
SOLD
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
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 60 All-metal log dump car from 1953: has white heat-stamped lettering on a black die-cast frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Comes with five (5) original stained logs.
Photo of the other side.
A sharp car: nice 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 2/53.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original ("Middle Classic") box (missing both interior coupler flaps; some stains; tape inside); the box is presentable as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
The smaller-style box (which has coupler flaps but 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 in a decent box.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E+/OB Yes $ 85
SOLD
All-metal log dump car from 1954-55: has white heat-stamped lettering on a green frame plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued as "3461-25" by Lionel but only "3461" appears on the car. Has the correct load of five (5) original stained logs.
Photo of the other side.
Some scuffs on the tilting tray and that's about it for flaws! The frame is sharp with very clean, crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 1/54.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 7 (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; tape inside; tape residue; creases; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is very presentable as it is square and sturdy! The smaller-style box with no liner (insert) and the "3461X" on the end flaps indicate that this car was originally part of a set -- not a separate sale item.
Another view of the box.

A nice-looking car -- it works perfectly and it comes in a decent box!
3562-50 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+ Yes $ 45 A molded (unpainted) yellow barrel car with black, heat-stamped lettering and black-painted trough from 1955:
Photo of the other side of the car.
Has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin (has some scuffs and surface scratches) and six original barrels but no other hardware or paperwork.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
The car has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers plus a repro man (with painted face & hands).
An "aerial" view of the car.
Body has a few stains and that's about it for flaws. It is a nice, very clean, rust-free piece with strong lettering -- and the car works perfectly!
Close-up of the barrels and the #160 unloading bin.

Just a great piece for an operator: a good-looking, reliable work car that will add interest to any layout -- and one that won't break the budget!
3620 Searchlight Car E++/OB Yes $125 A very unusual revolving searchlight car: version with the orange cap painted gray from early 1954!
Photo of the other side.
Has a gray-painted, die-cast frame with thin, black (sans-serif) lettering, orange generator, steps on the frame and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Minimal flaws on the car; it is very clean with strong lettering -- plus it lights and works fine!
Two close-up views of the searchlight cap.
The searchlight cap has the usual paint chipping with about 25% of the orange showing. However it is intact and clean overall with an original lens. Note that many collectors remove the rest of the gray paint to create a more visually appealing variation.

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! It is also the correct ("Middle Classic") box for this version of the 3620.
Another view of the box.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3620-14, dated 4/54 (tears, tape, discolored & missing a few small pieces).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

We have never had this version of the 3620 before!
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E++/OB Yes $135 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 showing the car set for a trackside work detail.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean car with spectacular lettering!
Photo of the other side.
Has the original crank and the car does light!
An "aerial" view.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3650-38, dated 7/57 (holes punched, tears, creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; no insert).
Another view of the box.

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.
6460 Operating
Crane Car
E+/OB Yes $175 A sharp black Bucyrus Erie Crane Car from 1953-54: 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 with the crane ready for a work detail.
Version with thin lettering & no hyphens on the frame.
Close-up of the lettering on one side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (tears; small creases; minor writing); the box has BOTH INSERTS and it is SOLID: complete, clean, square, rather brick-like and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
One of the nicest 6460 boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the elaborate and seldom-seen inserts.

The 6460 black Crane Car is fairly common -- but not in this condition and not with a box like this one! It is a good-looking car in a superb box!
6518 Transformer Car E++/OB Yes $195 The brawny 16-wheel, die-cast, gray-painted depressed-center flatcar with an original transformer with original, unbroken insulators!
Photo of the other side.
This impressive-looking item from 1956-58 measures 16 inches (coupler to coupler) and has metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Close-up of one side of the transformer.
Has the usual factory glue showing between the transformer halves and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean car with nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; punctures; writing; store price stamping; no inserts). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A gorgeous car that is not easy to find with original insulators with a very presentable box that is extremely difficult to find intact!
6822 Night Crew Searchlight Car ======
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $110
SOLD
The only Searchlight Car made by Lionel during the '60s: the Night Crew Car and this one was NEVER USED! Red flat with white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Version with BLACK superstructure and gray searchlight cap.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp white lettering, nice shiny truck rivet and all original! We "bench tested" the car and it does light.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains; "period" price stamping. Some imperfections but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A nice car in a 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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