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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: July 18, 2024

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel freight cars. Included here are boxcars, refrigerator cars, stock cars, certain flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, tank cars and vat cars. Specialty cars from the "Space & Military" Series are located on our Space & Military Cars web page while crane cars, searchlight cars and other work train pieces of rolling stock are located on our Railroad Work Cars web page and cabooses and work cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page.

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Postwar Lionel Freight Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
X2454 Baby Ruth
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 90
SOLD
A PRR orange-painted boxcar with black letters from 1947: has brown-painted metal doors, corner steps and staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little box rub plus some minor surface rust on the tops of the door guides and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus it has a nice rust-free frame with all four corner steps intact!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Art Deco" box (one interior tuck is not original to this box; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy! It is also a tough box to find.
Photo of the box insert.
The X2454 Baby Ruth Boxcar was sold in 1946 and 1947 but the "Art Deco Toy Logo" box helps to date this car as a 1947 item.

These early boxcars are getting harder and harder to find nice. The 2454 Baby Ruth is considered to be a "common item" but we have had very few 2454s in collector quality condition in recent years! This one is sharp and it is in a very presentable box!
2465 Sunoco
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $ 95 A sharp silver 2-dome tank car from 1946 with decal decorations: version with the word "SUNOCO" printed within the diamond on each side. Has a black-painted frame with all steps intact plus staple-end trucks with coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Bottom piece missing from one decal plus some paint loss on the frame on one side and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice shiny silver and ORIGINAL decals that are nice overall! The chassis is very, very clean with a nice, rust-free frame that has the "2465" stamping clearly visible underneath.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original ("Art Deco") box (tears; glue residue).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and the box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.
Note that the 2465 Sunoco Tank Car was also sold in 1947 and 1948 but the early "Art Deco" box (without the Toy Logo) helps to identify this item as a 1946 piece.

The early postwar items are getting increasingly difficult to find in collector-quality condition and this piece is a good-looking, prototypical car in a very strong box! Besides, you can never have too many Sunoco tank cars -- especially in this condition.
3444 Erie
Operating
Gondola
E++/OB Yes $125 The animated Cop & Hobo Car from early 1957: has a molded-red body with white, heat-stamped lettering plus tan-colored simulated wooden crates with black heat-stamped lettering and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers. It is also the more reliable version with two roller contacts.
Photo of the other side.
A very small melt mark on the top edge near the brakewheel and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice original figures plus it works perfectly!
Two "aerial" views.
One of the quietest 3444 operating Gondolas we have ever had! It is a great-looking car with some "play value!" This clever "action car" is one of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock made by Lionel in the postwar era! It is a terrific source of amusement on a layout!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #3444-33 dated 5-57 (creases & stains).

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a few small tears; minor writing). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Nice car, nice box! A recently-published guidebook had this to say about the 3444 gondola: "In the April 1957 of All Aboard at Lionel (an internal newsletter provided to employees and later major customers), the 3444 was heralded as one of the 'Stars of 1957.' It lived up to that early billing and was an immediate hit, as the never-ending action of the Cop & Hobo delighted audiences of all ages."
3460 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+
Yes $ 65 Red flatcar from 1955-57 with green "FRUEHAUF" vans. Flat has white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Vans: one van is missing the large "FRUEHAUF" decal and about half of the smaller one; the other van has a scratch on one side. Overall, both vans are still very presentable as they are very clean with nice original "LIONEL TRAINS" signs on the sides and they have most of the side markers (essentially a dab of red paint) present. In addition the pony wheels (metal simulated set of front wheels) and the roofs are ORIGINAL!
Close-up of the front of the vans.
Car: a few scuffs plus the metal rack has a little paint loss; overall the car is still nice as it is completely intact and very, very clean with beautiful lettering.
Another view of the vans.
Not an easy piece to find and hence, we have had very few of these cars over the years!
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Note: this item only came unboxed with the 460 "Piggy Back Accessory Set" and was never available as a separate sale item. Therefore, no original component box exists for the 3460 Flat with Vans.
3472 Milk Car Stand:
E++

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $135 One of the most popular postwar Lionel pieces ever made -- the operating milk car! An off-white reefer from 1950-51: has black lettering, steps on the frame and staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the original milkman and original doors.
Photo of the loading/unloading side of the car.
Has the seven (7) clean, original, correct, magnetized milk cans and the 3462-70 component box (no flaps).
Photo of the other side of the car.
Some scratches on the frame underside and that's about it for flaws! The car is gorgeous -- all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering!
A peek inside the car showing the hard-working milkman on duty.
The car works perfectly -- yes, the milkman delivers!
Photo of the car's roof.

Photo of the platform.
Has the original milk stand (a few paint chips) with the original tray! It is one of the nicest 3462P platforms we have ever had!
Another view of the platform.
Correct early-version platform with the 3462P part number and Lionel identification on the base underside.
Close-up of the platform's base underside showing Lionel's markings.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #3472-11, dated 10/50.
Photo of the instruction sheet, milk cans and component box (sleeve).

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; puncture).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

The 3472 is a very common car but it rarely shows up in collector-quality condition; this one is very, very nice!
3474 Western Pacific
Operating Boxcar
VG Yes $ 75 A silver-painted WP boxcar from 1952: has black lettering and yellow graphics plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Moisture spots and a few scratches in the roof panels but minimal flaws on the sides; the frame has some paint loss on one end. The car is very clean overall with beautiful lettering and graphics and 100% intact decals! Has the correct original (all blue, larger) man and the mechanism works perfectly!
Two views of the roof.

The 3474 Western Pacific Boxcar was sold in 1952 and 1953 but the smaller man helps to date this item as a 1953 car.

A boxcar that does show up very often in any condition!
3494-1 New York Central
Operating Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $210 Red and gray operating NYC boxcar from 1955 only: version with unpainted red body with gray-painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Has white rubber-stamped lettering and unpainted red, single-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a couple of light, surface scratches and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and nice, vibrant paint -- plus it has the correct original larger man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; "aged" look). A few imperfections but this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
An old store price sticker on the box provides a little history of this item: the car was originally sold by Glosser Brothers, a department store chain that mostly operated in Western Pennsylvania. Also known as "Gee Bee" Department Sores, the first store opened in 1906 and closed its doors in 1993.

A very sharp car that works well and it comes in a very strong box!
3494-150 Missouri Pacific
Operating Boxcar
E++ Yes $ 95 A sharp M. P. boxcar from 1956 only: has an unpainted gray body with royal-blue painted bands and solid-yellow (multi-block) doors. Has bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has some minor box rub in spots and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
Photo of the roof.

An attractive, very colorful car! The 3494-150 is not easy to find in collector-quality condition and one guidebook suggests that it is almost as hard to find as the Monon and Soo operating boxcars. We have had very few 3494-150 Boxcars over the years as it was only available as a separate-sale item and never came in a set!
3494-275 State of Maine
Operating Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $110 A red, white and blue "Bangor & Aroostook" boxcar from 1956: version with a royal-blue body and "3494275" on the sides plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A little discoloration in the red paint on two of the panels on one side plus some of the white letters are not as white as when new. The car is very clean overall with nice vibrant paint plus it has the correct original man with painted face and hands and the mechanism works perfectly!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing in pencil). A few imperfections but this box is clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful and good-looking car in a very presentable box!
6015 Sunoco
Tank Car
E++ Yes $ 45 Single-dome tank car from 1954-55: has an unpainted yellow body with a two-color Sunoco logo plus black, rubber-stamped lettering. Has a metal frame and bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with beautiful lettering and sharp graphics -- plus the body is completely intact with no cracks!
Two "aerial" views.

Check your collection; guidebooks list the value of this piece as if it is a "common" car. However, it does not show up in collector-quality condition very often these days.
6025
(-85)
Gulf
Tank Car
E+/OB Yes $135 Gray single-dome tank car with blue lettering: version from 1956 into early 1957 with bar-end metal trucks and magnetic couplers plus the logo having "GULF" in white over navy on a light-orange background.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scuffs and one side has a couple of imperfect letters (may be a factory issue); that's it for flaws. It is very, very clean with nice lettering overall and sharp graphics plus it is all intact -- no cracks!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; "aged" look; minor writing). The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
This box is RARE and most collectors have never seen it -- much less own one!

These tank cars are getting harder and harder to find -- especially in nice shape. This is the only 6025-85 box we have ever handled!
(6151) Flatcar with
Range Patrol Truck
Load:
E++

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $135 Metal flatcar with ORIGINAL black & white Range Patrol Truck from 1958 only: version with yellowish-orange frame. Has black, rubber-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6151" but no number appears on the car!
Photo of the other side.
Load: the plastic "LIONEL RANCH" truck is very, very clean with crisp lettering and it is completely intact. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
Photo showing an "aerial" view of the truck and the flat's decking.
Flat: some paint loss in the creases of two of the steps plus a few paint small chips on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The car is rust free and very, very clean with gorgeous lettering, nice vibrant paint and nice shiny truck rivets!
Close-up of the truck.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (one inner flap is not original to this box; small piece of the top layer is missing; tears; creases; stain; punctures; tape). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

The 6151 is an interesting piece of rolling stock that would fit a western theme on a layout. We have had very few 6151s with the yellowish-orange frame over the years and this one is nice -- and it comes in a decent box.
Our Archives Page: more information on 6151 Range Patrol Cars.
6315
(-60)
Chemical
Tank Car
E+++/OB Yes $125 Unpainted-orange "LIONEL LINES" Tank Car from 1964: has black lettering plus late AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6315-60" but only "6315" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: all intact and very, very clean with nice lettering.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (one end flap is faded; tears; creases; minor scuffs).
Another view of the box.
The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable (and very-hard-to-find) box!
6346 Alcoa Hopper E+/OB Yes $110 Silver-painted covered quad hopper from late 1956: has blue, heat-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Car is actually numbered "634656" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "6346."
Photo of the other side.
A scratch on the roof plus the hatch covers have reproduction holding clips (which can only be seen by removing the roof); minimal flaws elsewhere!
Close-up of the decal and lettering on one side.
Has the original cover and hatch lids.
Two views of the roof.
This car is sharp: very, very clean with nice bright silver paint, crisp lettering and intact Alcoa emblems!
A peek inside the car and a view of the roof underside.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; minor scuffs; "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

An attractive, prototypical-looking car in one of the nicest 6346 boxes we have ever had! The Alcoa Hopper is very difficult to find in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6346 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 93 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Alcoa Car's provenance including its design, development and history.
6352-1 Union Pacific
Ice Car
(with station)
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Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about a very nice, boxed 352 operating Ice Depot Set.
(6361) Timber Transport Car Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $250 A very, very unusual and very nice log carrying car from 1969: has an unmarked green frame and a metal underframe plus late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the car.
Has the correct, later-style original logs and the correct original GOLD (not black) chains.
Photo of the other side of the car.
Minimal flaws on both the load and the car! The car is very, very clean with a nice rust-free underframe!
An "aerial" view of the car.
Has the correct original instruction sheet (#6361-16 with black lettering) and the original warranty card!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the warranty card.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; stains; scuffs; mild depression; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("HILLSIDE") box for this version of the 6361. (This later version also came in a "HAGERSTOWN" box in 1968 and 1969 while the Timber Transport Car from 1960 came in a "Perforated Panel" box and the ones from 1961, 1964, 1965 & 1966 came in a "Picture" box.)

Check your collection; this is only the second later-version 6361 that we have ever had in collector-quality condition! It is a prototypical freight car that will add realism to any layout!
6414 Evans
Auto Loader
Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $135
On
HOLD
The ever-popular car carrier with four multi-colored, (premium) autos. The flat has metal trucks with tab couplers and the number "6414" on right.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is completely intact and very clean with nice lettering; the metal superstructure (rack) has some paint loss on the non-brakewheel side but it is also very clean with sharp lettering. There is no rust and nothing is cracked or broken.
An "aerial" view of the carrier and roofs of the autos.
The 4 autos (turquoise, red, white & yellow) are all ORIGINAL with only minor flaws (the turquoise car has a very small scrape on the left side; part of the front bumper on the white car is discolored and the windshield has a fingerprint); each one is clean and completely intact!
Photo of the fronts & backs of the four autos.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original ("Late Classic") box (tears; creases; scrapes; stains; tape residue). A few flaws but this box is complete, fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A nice auto loader in a very presentable box! The box and the couplers date this item as a 1957 car.
6415 Sunoco
Tank Car
E++/OB Yes $ 75 Silver, 3-dome tank car from 1954 with silver brakestand and bar-end (metal) trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has dark blue (almost black) lettering, five lines of data with "6600 GALS." and "6415" on the tank sides.
Two "aerial" views.
Some box rub on the high spots on the top and the usual discoloration of the metal railings but that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice shiny silver, crisp lettering & sharp graphics!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (minor tears; creases). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The 6415 Sunoco Tank Car was sold in 1953, 1954 & 1955 and then again in the '60s but the bar-end trucks with engraved magnetic couplers and the "Middle Classic" box all help to identify this car as a 1954 item.

A good-looking, prototypical car in a very strong box!
6416 Boat Transport Car Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $360 The somewhat scarce "BOAT-LOADER" car from 1961-63 with four ORIGINAL blue and white cabin cruiser-type boats. The red flat has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The black metal superstructure has white rubber-stamped lettering. Each boat has a white-painted hull, a blue-painted cabin and a brown-painted interior. This car shares the same design as the 6414 Auto Loader.
Photo of the other side.
Each boat is in excellent-plus or better condition -- all intact and very clean!
An "aerial" view of the carrier and tops of the boats.
The flat has some scratches and "dig" marks on the underside of the frame (which can only be seen by turning the car upside down) and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets.
Photo showing the underside of the car and the hulls of the boats.
The metal superstructure (rack) is equally as nice -- rust free and very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
A solid box -- clean, complete, square & sturdy -- plus it is not an easy one to find!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp car in a strong box!
6428 United States
Mail Car
E++/OB Yes $ 95 The very-colorful (and in my opinion, highly under-rated,) red, white and blue "RAILWAY POST OFFICE" boxcar from 1960: version with semi-gloss red paint and a pure white middle band. The car has middle AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! This 6464-style boxcar in patriotic colors is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; panel partially separated; small amount of discoloration from removing a price sticker; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-looking car in a very presentable box!
6430 Flatcar with Trailers Load:
E++

Car:
E++
OB
Yes $145 Red flatcar from 1956-57 with all-original, white Cooper-Jarrett vans.
Photo of the other side.
Flat has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo showing the front of both vans.
Flat: minor surface rust on the metal rack and that's about it for flaws. The car is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo showing the back of both vans.
Vans: just some minor yellowing from age. They are both very, very clean with nice signs.
An "aerial" view of the car and the roofs of the vans.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor dirt). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A very nice, prototypical-looking car in a very strong box!
6462 New York Central
Gondola
E++ Yes $ 25 An unpainted-black NYC gondola (type I) with white lettering: version from 1951-53 with the "N" in the 2nd panel, two lines of weight data, no built date and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six large original unstained wooden drums.
Photo of the other side.
Small amount of paint loss resulting in some minor rust on the underside of the frame and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with strong lettering.
A view of the inside of the car and a close-up of the drums.

The black 6462 NYC gondola was sold from 1949 to 1956 but the lettering, frame type, trucks, couplers (with plain knuckle tops and with black pins) all help to date this car as 1951-1953 production.

A sharp, prototypical-looking freight car with a load that is often missing.
6462
(-25)
New York Central
Gondola
E++ Yes $ 60 A green NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of six ORIGINAL stained small barrels. Later version with the "N" in the 3rd panel. Catalogued by Lionel as "6462-25" but only "6462" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips inside plus some minor paint loss on the top edge of the sides and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
View of the inside of the car and a close-up of the barrels.
The green 6462 gondola was made from 1954-57; however, the placement of the "N" in the 3rd panel helps to date this car as a 1955-57 item.

A good-looking freight car! The green 6462 gondolas are much harder to find than the red and black versions.
6464-150 Missouri Pacific
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $185 M. P. boxcar from 1954: unpainted navy-blue (type IIa) body with gray-painted roof, ends and center side bands plus "Eagle" on right, (with leading "E" being 5/8 inches high, "NEW 3 54" on the left, "XME" on sides and solid-yellow (single-block) doors. Earlier version with bar-end metal trucks and magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A few small paint chips on the roof and that's about it for flaws. The car is very, very clean with sharp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; writing). The box is solid: complete, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
Not an easy car to find nice but this one is sharp and it's in the correct (and very strong) "Middle Classic" box for this version of the 6464-150!
6464-175 Rock Island
Boxcar
E+/OB Yes $225
SOLD
A Rock Island boxcar from 1954: has a silver (type I) body with blue, heat-stamped lettering and bar-end, metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just some minor discoloration of the silver in spots from handling but nothing significant! It is a very, very clean car with strong lettering, nice shiny silver and with no major flaws!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; stains; some dirt; tape). Some imperfections but the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
It is also the correct box for the silver Rock Island boxcar from the 1954 Outfit #2217WS. Inexplicably, when the 6464-175 Rock Island boxcar was included with that set, Lionel used a 6464-50 Minneapolis & St. Louis boxcar box and blacked out the 6464-50 numbering, added an "S" to each end flap and stamped the word "SILVER" to all four box sides! Just another one of Lionel's wonderful oddities!

The 6464-175 is not an easy car to find nice but this one is! This very attractive car will undoubtedly be an upgrade for most collectors! If you have Outfit #2217WS (a freight set headed up by the 682 Turbine) or if you have any hope of building that set, this unique box will be the key!
6464-225 Southern Pacific
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $160 A very nice black-painted SP boxcar (type IIa) from 1954: has white and yellow rubber-stamped lettering plus metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
High quality -- all intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; minor stains; tape inside; mildly distorted; "aged" look). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A superb, prototypical-looking piece of rolling stock in a very presentable box! Note that the 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcar was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the "Middle Classic" box and the magnetic couplers (with engraved knuckles) help to date this piece as a 1954 car.

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 6464-225 Southern Pacific Boxcars.
6464-425 New Haven
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $ 95 A New Haven boxcar from 1956-57: has a black-painted (type IIb) body with half serif on top right corner of large "N." Has white, heat-stamped lettering and orange multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; tape inside; writing).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
A third view of the box.

A sharp car in a strong box!
6464-450 Great Northern Boxcar E+/OB Yes $160 A nice GN boxcar: olive-painted body with an orange-painted middle side strip plus yellow & olive-green heat-stamped lettering and a complete "built date" on the sides. Early version from 1956-57 (type IIb) with metal (bar-end) trucks and tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A very small factory paint blemish in one roof panel plus a couple of very light surface scratches on one side and that's it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact decals!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; some dirt; tape inside). A very presentable box: fairly clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6464-450 GN boxcar!
Another view of the box.

A very colorful, good-looking car in a decent box.
6464-475 Boston and Maine
Boxcar
E+++/OB Yes $140 A sharp B & M boxcar from early 1957: unpainted medium-blue (type IIb) body with complete built date. Has black & white, heat-stamped lettering and unpainted black, multi-block doors plus bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with beautiful graphics and nice, crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (small tears; minor creases; stains; minor writing; tape inside; "aged" look). A few imperfections but the box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A very, very nice car in a very presentable box!
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $195 A red-painted (type IV) A T S F "Shock Control" boxcar from 1966 that was NEVER USED! Has white lettering, red-painted multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Just some minor box rub in spots and that's it for flaws! The car is stunning: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; minor creases; a few scuffs; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus the window is intact -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct style box for this version of the 6464-700.
Photo of the front of the box.

Just a gorgeous car in a very nice box!
6464-900 New York Central
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $140 A good-looking jade-green painted NYC boxcar from 1963: has a type IV body with interior roof ribs, white heat-stamped lettering, jade-green multi-block doors and late AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub on the doors plus a few minor paint chips and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; minor stains; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
The box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the front of the box.

Sharp car in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-900 NYC Boxcars.
6465 Lionel Lines
Tank Car
E++ Yes $ 30 Orange 2-dome tank car with black lettering from 1963-66: has black end caps and early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean car with very nice lettering plus the plastic is all intact with no cracks!
An "aerial" view.
The orange 6465 was available from 1963 to 1966 but the truck and coupler combination dates this item as having been sold in either 1963 or 1964.

This is the first 6465 orange tank car from 1963-64 that we have ever had! It is also one of the nicest orange tank cars we have ever had! Note that the vast majority of the orange tank cars came unboxed in sets.
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Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
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E+/OB Yes $395 The Tuscan version of the B & O Automobile boxcar from 1955 only: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6468X" but only "6468" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
The roof has a small factory paint blemish and some minor paint chips; minimal flaws on the sides! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; glue residue). A few imperfections but the box is clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "X" box for the Tuscan version of this car.
Another view of the box.

The 6468X Tuscan Boxcar was an occasional component of only one set -- outfit #1535W from 1955. It is a good-looking boxcar and a rather scarce piece.
Our Archives Page has more information on 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Boxcars.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6468 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 63 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6468's provenance including its design, development and history -- and the mystery surrounding the Tuscan version.
Two different versions of the 6473 Horse Transport Car:
6473 Horse Transport Car E+++/OB Yes $ 90 A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1963: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the bright lemon yellow version with red lettering. Has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Absolutely spectacular: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; minor creases; scuffs; "period" writing). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Excluding coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). In addition, a fifth version (with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) usually came boxed.
6473 Horse Transport Car E+++/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
A stock car with "bobbing horse heads" from 1963-64: also known as the Rodeo Car, this one is the deep yellow (or cadmium yellow) version with red lettering. Has late AAR trucks with one fixed coupler and one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Beautiful car: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (part of one end flap and its tuck are missing and that end is glued shut; creases; stains; store price stamp). The box is decent as it is clean, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the nicer end of the box.

Excluding truck and coupler combinations, there are four main versions of the Rodeo Car that usually came unboxed in sets: DARK yellow with RED lettering (most common), LIGHT (lemon) yellow with RED lettering, DARK yellow with MAROON lettering and LIGHT yellow with MAROON lettering (hardest to find). In addition, a fifth version (this one -- with a deep or cadmium yellow body and red letters) came boxed.
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Two different versions of the 6511 Pipe Car:
6511 Flatcar with Pipes Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++

OB
Yes $135
SOLD
Here's a car that we seldom have for sale: the unpainted, light-chocolate-brown flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes. Version from 1956 with stamped-steel metal truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws on both the pipes and the car!. The pipes are completely intact and very, very clean; the car is completely intact and very, very clean with nice lettering!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (scrapes; some dirt). This box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The box and couplers help to date this item as a 1956 piece. The brown 6511 is harder to find than the red versions and this prototypical-looking car is sharp and it's in one of the nicest 6511 "Late Classic" boxes we have ever had!
6511 Flatcar
with Pipes
Load:
See Notes

Car:
VG
Yes $ 35 An item for an operator: a brick-red flatcar with five (5) reproduction silver pipes -- version from 1954 with diecast truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car has some paint chips, scratches and box rub but it is clean overall with very strong lettering.
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

The 6511 with diecast truck mounting plates is harder to find than the later versions with stamped-steel truck plates and is the most desirable of the 6511 flatcars for operators as the heavy diecast mounting plates serve as ballast thus allowing the car to hold the rails well.
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Two different versions of the 6672 Santa Fe Refrigerator Car:
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E+++/OB Yes $110 The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1955: white sides with brown doors, brown roof & bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Version with black lettering & the circled-"L" Lionel logo.
Photo of the other side.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel boxcars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel and the lettering above it.
A gorgeous car: very, very clean with beautiful lettering -- way nicer than what the photos show!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape; stains; minor writing; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.

The 6672 Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the black lettering and tab couplers (with black rivets) all help to date this item as a 1955 car.

A sharp prototypical car in a decent box! This reefer is also an important historical model: the SFRD was a railroad refrigerator car line established as a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1884 to carry perishable commodities. The line competed with the Pacific Fruit Express.
6672 Santa Fe
Refrigerator Car
E+++/OB Yes $125 The SFRD ("Santa Fe Refrigerator Despatch") reefer in 1:48 scale from 1954: has pure-white sides with brown doors and a brown roof plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Version with blue lettering & two lines of lettering to the right of the door on each side.
Photo of the other side.
The simulated refrigeration control panel with sliding metal cover makes the refrigerator car unique among the Lionel box cars.
A close-up of the simulated refrigeration control panel and nearby graphics.
Minimal flaws! The car is sharp: very, very clean with nice graphics and crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (a couple of stains; minor tears; writing in pencil). A SOLID box: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The 6672 Refrigerator Car was sold from 1954 to 1956 but the blue lettering and magnetic couplers all help to date this item as a 1954 car.

A beautiful, prototypical car in one of the nicest 6672 boxes we have ever seen! This reefer is also an important historical model: the SFRD was a railroad refrigerator car line established as a subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1884 to carry perishable commodities. The line competed with the Pacific Fruit Express.
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6800 Flatcar with Airplane Load:
E+

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $195 Red flatcar from 1958 with (light-yellow over black) Beechcraft "Bonanza" Airplane (which has yellow upper surfaces and black under surfaces plus a black prop).
Photo of the other side.
Flat has white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers plus mold #6424-11 with "6800" on left.
An "aerial" view showing the flat's decking and the top of the plane.
The flat is very, very clean with shiny (rust-free) truck supports and nice lettering!
Photo of the plane (partially assembled).
Plane has some glue showing around the seams plus a couple of paint chips but it is all original and very clean with all tabs intact; it has the 6800-60 Lionel part number on the bottom identification plate.
Photo of the identification plate on the bottom of the plane's fuselage.
Has the original instruction sheet #6800-62 dated 11/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original "Late Classic" box.
Another view of the box.
The box has tears, creases, tape, tape residue, writing, scrapes and some discoloration; it is also missing the small insert).
A third view of the box.
Some flaws but this box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the side with the discoloration and writing.

Sharp car, nice original load plus a decent box!
6801 Flatcar with Boat Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++

OB
Yes $ 95 Flatcar with ORIGINAL (brown) Boat from 1957 only: red flat has white, heat-stamped lettering with "6801" on right, mold #6511-2 and metal bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Boat: brown deck and a white hull.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: minimal flaws! It is sharp: all intact and very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view showing the interior of the boat and the car's decking.
Boat: minimal flaws! The boat is very, very clean with a very clear windshield plus there is very, very little factory glue showing below the deck! Has the original elastic tie-down band.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; some light dirt marks; minor writing; no inserts). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, square & sturdy. It is also the correct box for this version (metal trucks, brown boat) of the 6801.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking piece in a very presentable box.

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The railroad boom in the late 1800's had a dramatic economic effect on virtually all of the existing industries -- from coaling, logging, oil and steel to retailing, construction, food, and farming. If it could be transported by horse-drawn wagon, it could be shipped quicker by the railroads. In later years, the railroads would become a favorite with the automotive industry and the military.

Lionel sold an extensive array of freight cars in the postwar era including the ever-popular boxcar, realistic stock cars, specialized refrigerator cars, all sorts of flat cars, dull (but practical) gondolas, useful hoppers, authentic-looking tank cars and the clever vat cars. Lionel's fantasy world offerings included the 3435 Aquarium Car, the 3376 Giraffe Car, the 6050 Savings Bank Car and the 6445 Mint Car.

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