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Railroad Work Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: August 26, 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
SOLD
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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(2411) Flatcar with Pipes Load:
E/E+

Car:
Ex.
OB
Yes $160
SOLD
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.
One of the pipes has a small area where the metal is not as smooth as when new. All three are very clean overall -- and they are ORIGINAL!
Close-up of the pipes and a view of the car's decking.
Some small paint chips and rub marks on the car's decking plus there is some dirt around the lettering on the sides. That's about it for flaws -- the car is clean overall with very strong lettering plus all four corner steps are intact!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; scrapes; small creases; "aged" look; no insert).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is solid as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy! It has both end flaps and all four inner flaps -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct 1946 "Art Deco" box (without the Toy Logo) for this version of the 2411.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very presentable 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!
3461 Operating
Log Dump Car
E+/OB Yes $ 75 All-metal log dump car from 1950: 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) unstained 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 2/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original ("Middle Classic") box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; one corner has the top layer missing -- probably from tape removal; punctures; some stains; lots of tape).
Another view of the box.
The box has both end flaps plus it is square and sturdy. It will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
A third photo 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 -- this version of the 3461 is harder to find than the later versions.
3461
(-25)
Operating
Log Dump Car

with
GREEN frame
E+/OB Yes $ 65
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.
A small rust spot on the metal tilting tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean overall with nice lettering on the frame.
An "aerial" view showing the car's tray and the logs.
Comes with an original instruction sheet #3461-11 dated 2/52 (technically incorrect as it should have a 1954 date).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Correct, original "-25" box -- grade 6 (missing the tuck on one end flap and that end is taped shut; missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape; tape residue; scrapes from tape removal). Despite the flaws (and the appearance), this box is actually quite useful as it is square and very sturdy! It will protect the car in shipping and in storage. 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 -- and it works perfectly!
3562-1 ==========
Operating
A. T. & S. F.
Barrel Car
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E+ Yes $275 The scarce BLACK-painted A. T. S. F. barrel car from 1954 only: 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.
Has the correct #160 black polystyrene unloading bin and six original barrels but no other hardware or paperwork.
Close-up of some of the lettering on one side.
Some rub marks on the body and the trough has some small rust spots. That's it for flaws -- the car is very clean with very strong lettering.
An "aerial" view showing the trough.
The car works very well and very quietly! Has the correct original man!
Photo of the bin and barrels.

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 3562-1 looks good, works great and is ready for your display shelf or layout.

A sharp-looking, very-hard-to-find car!
3562-50 Operating
A. T. & S. F.

Barrel Car
E+ Yes $ 45
SOLD
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!
Two different versions of the 3650 Searchlight Extension Car:
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.
3650 Searchlight Extension Car E+/OB Yes $ 75 A searchlight car with a light-gray, die-cast frame from 1956-59: clever car with a removable light fixture to provide illumination to remote parts of a layout. Has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side with the car ready for a trackside work detail.
Minimal flaws! The car is very clean with beautiful lettering!
An "aerial" view.
Has a repro crank but all other parts are original and of course, the light does work.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the correct original instruction sheet #3650-38, dated 7/56 (creases).

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; discoloration; mildly distorted; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has a repro insert and even with flaws, this box is very presentable as it is square and sturdy.
Photo of the repro box insert.

A good-looking car in a decent box; it is a great piece of rolling stock that offers some extra "play value" -- perfect for nighttime work operations on your layout!
Our Archives Page: more on 3650 Searchlight Extension Cars.
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3927 Track Cleaning Car Ex. Yes $ 50 A good-looking operating Track Cleaning Car from 1956-60: 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 other side showing the car in its cleaning mode with the wiping carriage down.
Left front has some paint loss on the chassis and that's it for flaws; the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the front.
Has both ORIGINAL plastic squeeze bottles (no fluid left). The bottles are in excellent-plus condition with spectacular lettering front and back!
Photo of the bottles & extra wiping cylinders plus an "aerial" view of the car.
Fully functional and the cleaning mechanism works as designed! Has an original washing sponge and three original wiping cylinders. The washing sponge and wiping cylinders were hardly used and are very clean. Note that this unit must be pulled by a locomotive as the motor inside is strictly for the cleaning action.

Great piece for a layout!
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!
6520 Searchlight Car VG Yes $ 40 Stationary searchlight car from 1949-51 with orange generator, crinkle gray searchlight housing, die-cast frame, staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers plus a remote-control "ON/OFF" switch.
Photo of the other side.
Some of the lettering is weak (but visible) plus there is some box rub on the edges of the frame. The car is fairly clean overall with all four frame steps are intact. The switch mechanism works perfectly and the car does light. Has the original searchlight lens.
An "aerial" view.

This sturdy and realistic-looking work car has a diesel motor assembly that modeled a General Motors generator. It is a perfect car for nighttime operations on a layout.
6802 Flatcar
with Girders
Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 95 Red flatcar with white, heat-stamped lettering from 1958-59 with ORIGINAL (black) "U. S. STEEL" Girders. Flat has mold #6511-2 plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny rust-free truck rivets! Has the original elastic tie down band.
An "aerial" view of the car and the inside of the girders.

Nice car that is rather uncommon!

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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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