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Freight Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: April 16, 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
3435 Operating
Aquarium Car
E++/OB Yes $225
SOLD
An operating, illuminated Aquarium Car from 1959-62: version with yellow rubber-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
The green-painted body has two cutouts on each side and a cutout on each end providing a view of "fish swimming" when the car is energized; has an "ON/OFF" lever extending through the bottom of the car plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo showing both ends of the car.
Minor box rub on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with spectacular lettering, nice vibrant paint and clear tank windows!
Two views of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet #3435-33 dated 8/59 (creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; lots of tape inside; panel partially separated; store price sticker).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.
An old price sticker on the one of the end flaps provides us with a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by one of the Bamberger's stores of New Jersey!

An interesting car that lights and works great! This "Fish Bowl" on wheels is a great example of Lionel's ingenuity!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3435 Aquarium Cars.
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.
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!
(6111) Flatcar with Logs VG Yes $125 Stamped-steel (8-inch) Flatcar from 1957: very scarce version with a dark-red (almost maroon) frame and white rubber-stamped, serif lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as 6111 but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Has the usual paint loss in the crease of the four steps plus some paint chips on the car's decking. However it is very clean overall with beautiful lettering. Comes with three reproduction stained logs but it is not known if Lionel ever furnished a load of any kind with this version.
Photo of the logs and an "aerial" view of the car showing the decking.

Only the second time we have ever had a dark-red 6111 Flatcar! Not a very exciting car but if you like unusual items, this item will certainly be a plus to your collection. The dark-red 6111 is the second hardest car of that series to find.
(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!
6342 New York Central Gondola Load:
E+

Car:
E++
Yes $ 75
On
HOLD
A special car designed to be used with the Culvert Loader or Culvert Unloader: the unpainted red NYC long gondola with white heat-stamped lettering and a black, metal culvert channel (holding ramp) inside. Earlier version from 1956-58: molded in medium red, has the "built date" on the sides plus it has bar-end, metal trucks with tab couplers. Includes seven ORIGINAL culvert pipes.
Photo of the other side.
A few minor paint chips on the metal tray and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free frame. The pipes have some discoloration but they are ORIGINAL! Note that if you intend to use the pipes with one of the accessories, original pipes work much better than any of the repros that have been made over the years.
Photo of the culvert pipes and an "aerial" view of the car showing the inside.

The 6342 can be used with the 342, 345, 346 & 348 Culvert Accessories or it can be an additional item of rolling stock for your layout.
6352-1 Union Pacific
Ice Car
(with station)
===> ===> ===> If you are looking for an accessory that works with a piece of rolling stock, we have an Icing Station with the UP "Pacific Fruit Express" Ice Car for sale.
Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about a very nice, boxed 352 operating Ice Depot Set.
(6406)Flatcar with Auto Load:
E++

Car:
E+
Yes $125
SOLD
Brown General-style flatcar with the correct load -- an ORIGINAL yellow auto with gray bumpers.
Photo of the other side.
The flat has arch-bar trucks with fixed couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6406" but the flat is unmarked.
Photo of the auto.
The flat is very, very clean with nice shiny, rust-free truck rivets. Has a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
Another view of the auto.
The auto has a little glue showing on the underside of the front bumper and that's about it for flaws. It is very clean and completely intact with a very clear windshield and very clear windows all around!
An "aerial" view showing the auto's roof and the flat's decking.

An uncatalogued & scarce item from the 60s! This is the only 6406 Flat with Auto we have ever had for sale! It is unlikely that a box exists for this item as Lionel included the 6406 unboxed in uncatalogued sets.
6411 Flatcar with Logs E+/OB Yes $110 Light-gray, die-cast flatcar from 1948-50: black, serif lettering on the frame plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Has the correct load of three original large, stained logs and the original stakes!
Photo of the other side.
Has a small amount of paint loss on the decking in one corner and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the logs and the car's decking.
It is a very clean car with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus all four corner steps are intact! In addition, the "6411" stamping is clearly visible on the underside of the frame.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; tears; creases; scrapes; punctures; tape inside; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and the four small inner flaps plus it is square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Nice, realistic-looking, all original car! The 6411 is much harder to find than the earlier 2411 flatcar (with coil couplers). In addition, the box is even harder to find!
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!
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!
6456
(-25)
Lehigh Valley
Hopper
E+/OB Yes $ 75 A gray-painted short hopper from 1954-55: has maroon heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6456-25" but only "6456" appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Has a scratch on the inside of one of the walls and that's it for flaws!
A view of the interior.
The car is all intact and very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
Another view of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; stains; tape inside; "period" writing). A few flaws but this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct "-25" box for the gray hopper and it is a difficult one to find!
Another view of the box.

A good-looking car in a very presentable box! The gray 6456 hopper is much harder to find than the similar maroon or black ones of the same era.
Our Archives Page has more about gray 6456 LV Hoppers.
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
(-200)
Pennsylvania
Boxcar
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E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $225
On
HOLD
Tuscan-painted (type IV) PRR boxcar from 1969 only that was NEVER USED! Later version with multi-block doors and no built date on the sides plus bar-end metal trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
The car is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- one of the nicest 6464-200 boxcars we have had!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box
Grade 7+ original (HILLSIDE) box (minor tears; stains; "period" price stamping). The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this version of the 6464-200 Boxcar.
Another view of the box.

A sharp prototypical-looking boxcar in a very presentable box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6464-200 Pennsylvania Boxcars.
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.
6464-300 Rutland
Boxcar
E+ Yes $ 95 Unpainted yellow body (Type IIa) with dark-green painted roof, ends and lower half of sides. Version from early 1955 with: "R" in the first panel, single-block doors and rubber-stamped lettering. Has bar-end metal trucks with magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A light scratch on one side and a couple of small factory paint imperfections on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Two views of the roof.

A sharp-looking freight car -- one of the nicest early-version Rutland boxcars we have ever had!
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.
6464-700 Santa Fe
Boxcar
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
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.
6468 (X) ==============
Baltimore & Ohio
Double-door

Boxcar
==============
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 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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(6476-160) Lehigh Valley
Hopper
======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $125
On
HOLD
Unpainted black short hopper from 1969 only that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the car.
Has white heat-stamped lettering plus late AAR trucks with dual operating couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6476-160" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with very nice, crisp lettering!
Two views of the interior.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (minor tears; stains; "period" writing). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "6476-160" Hagerstown box for this version of the LV hopper.
Another view of the box.
Has the two pieces of the original generic brown paper used by Lionel to take up excess space within the box.

This version of the black hopper came in two catalogued sets in 1969 -- Lionel's last year of production and may have been included (unboxed) in a few uncatalogued sets. It is a very unusual car in a VERY RARE box -- one that we have never had before!
(6501) Flatcar with
Jet Boat
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Load:
E+++

Car:
E+++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $275
On
HOLD
A "Jet Motor Boat Transport Car" from 1962-63 that was NEVER USED! Also known as the "Solid Fuel Motor Boat Transport Car." Catalogued by Lionel as "6501" but no number appears on the car.
Photo of the left side of the flat and boat.
Red flatcar with white heat-stamped lettering carrying an ORIGINAL Boat with brown deck, white hull and jet nozzle. The flat has middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the flat and boat.
Minimal flaws on the boat! It is nice: very, very clean and all intact -- plus the hull has very little discoloration! Has the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo showing the back of the boat and the packet of pellets.
Minimal flaws on the flat! It is gorgeous: all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny truck rivets!
An "aerial" view of the flat and the boat.
Has the original 6501-17 SEALED packet of sodium bicarbonate pellets!

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

A sharp car in a strong box! This 6501 is one of the nicest ones we have ever had!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6501 Jet Motorboat Cars.
Two different versions of the 6511 Pipe Car:
6511 Flatcar with Pipes Load:
E+

Car:
E+

OB
Yes $110 Here's a car that we seldom have for sale: the unpainted, light-chocolate-brown flatcar with five (5) ORIGINAL silver pipes. Version from 1955 with stamped-steel metal truck mounting plates and bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minor split on the end of one of the pipes; light surface scratch on the decking of the car. That's it for flaws on this piece! The pipes are very, very clean; the car is completely intact and very, very clean and has nice, crisp lettering!
Photo of the pipes and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; "period" writing in pencil; "aged" look. A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The box and couplers help to date this item as a 1955 piece. The brown 6511 is harder to find than the red versions and this prototypical-looking car is sharp!
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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6536 M & St L
Hopper
E++ Yes $125 Red-painted Minneapolis & St. Louis open quad hopper with white heat-stamped lettering: version from 1959 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The car is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. In addition, there are no cracks and the body is not warped. Has the original spreader brace!
Two views of the interior.

A very, very attractive piece of rolling stock -- one does not appear in the market place very often any more. We have not had a 6536 from 1959 for sale in over four years!
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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