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Original Boxes

This Web Page Last Updated: May 13, 2024

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel original boxes. It includes component boxes, master cartons and set boxes.

* * * Grading Summary: A "grade 10" is Spectacular! A "grade 1" is downright ugly.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 4th column heading for a full explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Original Boxes
Postwar Lionel Original Component Boxes:
# DescriptionStyleGradePriceDetails
51 Navy Yard
Switcher
Late Classic 8 $ 55 A box for the "NAVY YARD" Vulcan Switcher from 1956-57:
Photo.
Flaws: minor tears, creases, some discoloration, no insert. A solid box as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view.

This is the first 51 Navy Yard box we have ever had available for separate sale! It will represent an upgrade for most collectors. Note that reproduction inserts are available in the marketplace.
249 Steam Engine Corr 7+ $ 15 A "National Container Corporation" corrugated box for the 2-4-2 Scout locomotive from 1958 only:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, tape residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.

Only the second 249 box we have ever had available for separate sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
601 Seaboard
Diesel Switcher
Late Classic 6 $ 60 A seldom seen box for the Seaboard NW2 Diesel Yard Switcher sold only in 1956:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, writing, scrapes, tape, glue residue, somewhat dirty, "aged" look, no coupler inserts.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections this box is decent as it has all of its flaps plus it is square & sturdy!
A third view.

Check your collection! This box is scarce -- as are most of these later 600-series switcher boxes! Only the second 601 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
646 Steamer Corr 8+ $ 75 An Express Container Corp. box for the 646 steam engine from early 1954:
Photo of the sealed end.
This unusual box has blue printing on it.
Photo of the open end.
Flaws: tears, tape residue, a few light stains.
Photo of the manufacturer's data.
Has a well-made reproduction insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the reproduction insert.

The 646 Steamer was sold as an "O" Gauge locomotive and it is harder to find than its "027" gauge counterpart -- the 2046. The 646 box is much harder to find than a 2046 box; this is the first Express Container 646 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2056 Steamer Corr 7+ $ 85 A very presentable box for the 2056 steam engine sold in 1952 only:
Photo of the open end.
This corrugated box was made by the Densen Banner Co.
Photo of the sealed end.
Flaws: tears, creases, scrapes, puncture, tape.
Photo showing the manufacturer's information.
Has a well-made reproduction insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the reproduction insert.

This the first 2056 box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2240C Wabash
F3 "B" unit
Late Classic 6 $ 95 A box for the Wabash F3 dummy "B" unit sold in 1956 only:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, tape reside; glue residue, writing, scrapes, punctures, some dirt, no insert.
Another view.
Even with the imperfections, the box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy but adding an insert (a repro or one from the more common 2243C Santa Fe box) will make this box more useful and presentable.

This is a very, very difficult box to find and it represents the first 2240C Wabash box we have ever had available for separate sale!
2350 New Haven
EP5
Corr 7+ $ 65
SOLD
Photo.
An Express Container Corp. corrugated box (2350-12 is the part number) for the New Haven EP5 Electric sold from 1956-58:
Another view.
Flaws: stains, small creases, some dirt, minor tears, "aged" look.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.

This box is solid: complete, square & sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
2354P New York Central
F3 Power A unit
Corr 8+ $ 65 A very nice box for the 2354 NYC F3 Power A unit from 1953:
Photo of the open end.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. (part #2354-25) and has the year (designated as "3") preprinted on one of the long sides of the box.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.
Flaws: tears, creases, punctures, minor stains.
Photo of the sealed end.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
Nicest 2354P box we have ever had!
2356P Southern Railways
Power A
Corr 8+ $ 90 A box for the 2356 Southern Railways F3 Power A unit:
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
Flaws: tears, creases, punctures, stains.
Another view.
This St. Joe Paper Company box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the open end of the box.
Nice SOLID box -- a virtual brick!
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification, technical data and year documentation.
Has the insert (missing three of the tuck flaps).
Photo of the box insert.
The following boxes are for the Santa Fe F3 AA units sold in 1959 and are being sold as a package:
2383P Santa Fe
Power A unit
Corr 6+ |
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A box for the 2383 Santa Fe F3 Power A unit:
Photo.
This corrugated box was made by the Star Corrugated Box Company and the part number is 2383-11.
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification and technical data.
Flaws: amateur repairs made to one end, tears, creases, tape, "aged" look. Overall, this box is very presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
2383T Santa Fe
Dummy A unit
Corr
Perf
7 |
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A box for the Santa Fe 2383 F3 "Trailer" unit:
Photo.
This corrugated perforated panel box was made by the Mead Containers Company and the part number is 2383-12.
Another view of the box.
Flaws: panel partially separated, some dirt.
Photo of the front panel.
The box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo showing the manufacturer's identification & technical data.

Note that Lionel routinely used boxes from different manufacturers in the same year and documented research has resulted in the knowledge that the company also mixed usage of perforated boxes and non-perforated boxes. Just Lionel being Lionel.
$ 95 plus shipping for both 2383 Santa Fe boxes described above.
2430 Pullman Car Art Deco 5+ $ 25
SOLD
A uncommon box for the teal-blue metal sleeper car with silver rubber-stamped lettering and with open "flying-shoe" trucks sold in 1946:
Photo.
Flaws: missing both interior coupler flaps, missing a small piece of one corner, missing the top layer of two small sections, tears, creases, tape, tape residue, glue residue, amateur repairs, "aged" look.
Another view.
Lots of issues but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square & sturdy.
A third photo showing the damaged areas of the box.

This is first 2430 box from 1946 we have ever had available for separate sale! It is a very hard box to find!
3470 Aerial Target
Launching Car
Picture Box:
6+

Ins:
8

Env:
9+
$ 45 A combination package: the original box, the original instruction sheet (#3470-8, dated 8/62) and the original packing envelope (#3470-21) the Aerial Target Launching Car sold from 1962-64:
Photo of the box.
Box flaws: tears, creases, punctures, mildly distorted, tape inside, glue residue.
Another view of the box.
Some imperfections but this box is clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the instruction sheet and envelope.
Instruction sheet has some minor creases, small stains and a little discoloration. Envelope is near perfect!
Another view of the box and another view of the instruction sheet.

First time we have ever offered the 3470 instruction sheet and 3470 envelope for sale and only the second 3470 box we have ever offered for separate sale -- it is not an easy one to find!
3530 GM
Generator Car
Late Classic 6 $ 20
SOLD
A box for the 3530 operating GM Generator Car sold from 1956-58:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, small section of the top layer missing on one end, amateur repairs with tape both inside and out, no insert.
Another view.

Various flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
3559 Automatic
Dump Car
Early Classic 7+ $ 40 A box for the operating 3559 Coal Dump sold in 1948:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, some discoloration, no insert.
Another view.
A strong box: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!

First Early Classic 3559 box we have ever had available for separate sale! It is not an easy box to find!
6419 Work Caboose Middle Classic 7 $ 45 A box for the 6419 D. L. & W. work caboose sold from 1949 to 1955.
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside, glue residue, "aged" look.
Another view.
Has the elaborate insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

A very presentable box -- one that is much harder to find than the caboose.
6464-500 Timken
Boxcar
Late Classic 6+ $ 60 A box for the early version Timken boxcar sold from 1957 to 1959.
Photo.
Flaws: missing one interior coupler flap, tears, creases, stains, writing, tape inside.
Another view.
A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Late Classic 7+ $110
SOLD
A very presentable box for the Radioactive Waste Car sold in 1958 & 1959:
Photo.
Flaws: tears, creases, tape inside.
Another view.
The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- it is the nicest 6805 box we have ever had available for sale separately!

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Box Types
AbbreviationDescription ~~~ Abbreviation Description
Art Deco Orange & blue; bold blue lettering ~~~ Hagers Hagerstown
Early Classic Orange & Blue w/ San Francisco ~~~ Hills Hillside
Middle Classic Numbers on all sides; no San Fran ~~~ O Corr Orange Corrugated
OPS Classic Preprinted OPS stamp on side ~~~ Perf Orange & White Perforated Panel
Late Classic Numbers only on end flaps ~~~ Pic Orange & White Picture
Bold Classic Much bolder print on end flaps ~~~ W Corr White Corrugated
Glossy Later Coated stock ~~~ Win Window
Corr Brown Corrugated ~~~ Y Corr Yellow Corrugated
C Perf Corrugated; Perforated Panel ~~~ FO Factory Overstamped

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