No. 3530 Operating Generator Car
The picture above shows a #3530 Operating Generator Car (manufactured from 1956-1958).
The car is a replica of a General Motors Electro Motive Division generator car. It
is made of blue plastic with a white stripe painted on its side. Mine has the
stripe going through the ladder at the end - other versions have the stripe
ending at the ladder. The car has double sliding doors on each side. The left-hand
door on the side shown above has a contact switch that when opened, turns on
an internal light and starts a vibrator motor driven simulated fan. Inside is also
an orange generator that is the same as on the No. 3520 searchlight car I have. Note that
I have the original box for this car.The picture below shows the doors open and the light
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car with Light On Inside
The top of the car has ventilation holes through which you can see the light
and the simulated fan turning. The picture below shows the top of the car
with the interior light shining through.
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car Top View with Light On Inside
My generator car has blue fuel tanks below the doors. Other versions have black fuel
tanks. The car originally came with a telephone pole/transformer and a searchlight
that can be connected to the top of the car and the searchlight illuminates
when the door is opened. The telephone pole/transformer and searchlight
could also be purchased separately as Lionel # 3530-30. The generator car
with the telephone pole/transformer and searchlight connected are shown in the
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car With Telephone Pole, Transformer and Searchlight
The picture below shows the setup with the searchlight illuminated as powered by
the generator car.
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car With Telephone Pole, Transformer and Searchlight Illuminated
No. 6362 Railway Truck Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6362 Railway Truck Car (manufactured 1955-1957).
This car has an unpainted orange plastic body mounted on a blued steel chassis. The car has
bar-end metal trucks and magnetic couplers. The cargo load for this car are three
479-1 bar end metal trucks.
No. 6464-1 Western Pacific Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-1 Western Pacific box car (manufactured from 1953-1954). This
box car was the first car in the 6464 series of box cars. I understand the 6464-1
Western Pacific is a fairly common car. It was included in sets as well as being available
for separate sale. The 6464-1 Western Pacific includes a silver painted shell with blue lettering, type I body style, single block sliding doors, bar-end trucks with two operating couplers, and a single brakewheel. The silver paint on this car tends to fade with age but the silver paint on
mine is reasonably bright. The blue lettering on mine in in good shape also.
No. 6464-25 Great Northern Box Car
The picture above shows a #6464-25 Great Northern Box Car (manufactured from 1953-1954).
The body of this car is painted flat orange with white heat-stamped lettering including the
Great Northern herald.
No. 6464-75 Rock Island Box Car
The picture above shows a #6464-75 Rock Island Box Car (manufactured from 1953-1954).
The body of this car is painted green with gold heat-stamped lettering. The doors are
also painted green. The complete 6464-75 number was not painted on the car -
only "6464" was painted on the car.
No. 6464-275 State of Maine Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-275 State of Maine Box Car (manufactured from 1955-1959). This
is a colorful box car with red, white, and blue horizontal stripes. On my car, the body is
molded blue plastic and the white and red colors are painted on. My car has bar-end trucks
indicating it is of the early production. It also has tab couplers.
No. 6464-375 Central of Georgia Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-375 Central of Georgia Box Car (manufactured from 1956-1957).
This car has a maroon-colored body with a silver oval painted on the side. The roof is also painted
silver. The lettering outside the oval is heat stamped. The Central of Georgia herald is a decal.
My car has bar end trucks, one of which has a tab coupler - the other coupler does not have the tab.
Lionel No. 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Automobile Transport Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Automobile Transport Car
(manufactured from 1953-1955). This is a double-door boxcar and actual boxcars of this type
were used to transport automobiles before the auto-loader and auto-rack railroad cars became
popular. Note that the doors are not in the center of the car (horizontally). My car is in
fairly good shape but there are some rust stains to the right of the doors below the upper
door rail and on the other side near the bottom. My car is the more common blue car.
No. X3464 N.Y.C. Box Car and No. 6464-425 New Haven Box Car
The picture above shows a No. X3464 New York Central Box Car (manufactured from 1949-1952) and
a No. 6464-425 New Haven Boxcar (manufactured 1956-1958) on a track in front of my No. 256 freight station. The X3464 is an operating boxcar. When the car is over an UCS remote control track section and the "uncouple" button is pressed, the door will slide open and the man inside will move toward the door as shown in the photo. My car is an older version as it has the staple-end trucks. Note that I have the original box and instruction sheet for this car. The New Haven boxcar is highly sought after for its contrasting colors. Mine has the unpainted black body and the "N" has the full Serif type font.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car & No. 3462P Milk Car Platform
The picture above shows a #3472 Operating Milk Car (manufactured from 1949 - 1953) that I have.
Five milk cans came with the car (the original set had 7 cans). I have the #3462P milk car platform, and the original box for this set. This set is probably Lionel's most popular accessory. This car is a reliable accessory and only occasionally needs cleaning and alignment. I had the platform with my original train set I received from my cousin, but later I purchased the car with the 5 cans and box. The #3472 Operating Milk Car is listed on page 28 of the 1952 catalog as shown below.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car in 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
After I received the car, I rewired the car to replace the old wiring that was brittle
and had cracked insulation. I adjusted and oiled the mechanism and now the car works well.
Below are some pictures showing how the car works.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car with Man Placing Milk Cans on Platform
The picture above shows the man inside the car placing a milk can on the platform.
Although in this picture you can see through the door and out the door on the opposite side,
the car has doors on both sides. I removed the door on the opposite side
to manually activate the mechanism for taking this picture.
Below are pictures showing the internal mechanism.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car
As shown above, the mechanism is fairly simple being driven by a single solenoid
activated by a special track section that is used to unload my log and coal cars.
The special track section also decouples cars. The milk cans are loaded into the car
through a door in the top of the car. The cans roll down an inclined trough starting
at the top left and ending just to the left of the milk man. You can see the solenoid
in the left foreground. When activated, the solenoid plunger moves inward.
Below is a picture of the other side of the car.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Showing Milk Can to be Captured
The picture above shows the solenoid activated the initial time after loading. At that time,
a milk can falls out of the trough and is uprighted ready for the milk man to
capture it. You can see the can just to the right of the man and partially obscured
by the mechanism. The next time the solenoid is activated, the can is captured by the man
as shown below.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Milk Can Captured by Man
In the picture above, you can see the man has the can is ready to move it out
of the car. The picture below shows the man placing the can on the platform.
Man in No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Placing Milk Can on Platform
In the picture above, the solenoid is fully activated and the man would
be outside the car placing the can on the platform. The milk cans
have a tiny magnet on the bottom to hold them on the mechanism. The platform
deck is supposed to be steel so the cans will "stick" to it. I lost my original
platform deck and I made a replacement from aluminum, but the cans do not "stick"
to aluminum and skid significantly on the deck.
I acquired spare milk cans for the milk car. The spare milk can set is shown below in its
original box. Lionel sold the #3462-70 milk can set as a replacement item or for use as
extra detailing in a train layout. Note the box is lettered "For use with No. 3462 and No. 3472 Milk Cars." This lettering suggests it was manufactured between 1950 and 1957.
No. 3462-70 Additional Milk Cans
No train layout would be complete without a method to deliver the milk once the train transported
the milk to its destination. Therefore, I acquired a diecast replication of the once famous
1950 DIVCO (Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company) milk delivery truck. This truck is shown below.
Diecast Model of a 1950 DIVCO Milk Delivery Truck
This diecast model is a Lionel Licensed Product manufactured in 2002 by Road Champs. It is a
1:43 scale model. It has written on the side "Lionelville Farms." Beside the truck are
three crates containing milk bottles. This model has not ever been removed from its plastic case.
The plastic bag surrounding the case is still sealed with the original tape.
Lionel No. 6352 Pacific Fruit Express Refrigerator Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6352 Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator car (manufactured from 1955-1957).
This car was originally built to accompany the Lionel No. 352 Icing Station. The car has an unpainted orange body
with black heat-stamped lettering. The number on the car is actually 63521. A special sliding roof panel
allows the plastic ice cubes to be loaded from the icing station platform. There is a compartment inside
to collect the ice cubes and a special door on the side (to the right of the brown door) allows access to the compartment to remove the cubes.
Lionel No. 3474 Western Pacific Operating Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 3474 Western Pacific Operating Box car (manufactured 1952-1953).
This box car is the most colorful of the 9 1/4 inch operating box cars. Its body is painted silver
and a large Western Pacific yellow-orange feather decal stretches most of the car's length.
It also has a smaller decal with the Western Pacific "Rides Like a Feather" slogan in the upper
right corner. The box car has an operating mechanism inside on which rides a blue rubber man. When
the car is over the decoupling track section and the decouple button is pressed, the plunger
on the bottom of the car is activated, the door slides open, and the man moves toward the door
as shown in the lower photograph. I do not have the box for this car. My car works well.
Lionel No. 6672 Refrigerator Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6672 Refrigerator Car (manufactured from 1954 - 1956). This car has the Santa Fe markings (SFRD) and is a model of a mechancal refrigerator car. The car has no "ice
hatches" like other refrigerator ("reefer") cars (such as the No. 3472 car above) because the car is "cooled" by mechanical temperature control (a refrigeration system). The car is longer than older "reefer" cars as this car is 10 1/8 incles long. The sides and floor of the car are molded a a single piece of unpainted white plastic and the roof and ends are molded as a single piece of unpainted brown plastic. The doors on either sides are molded of unapinted brown plastic and when in position over the door opening, a leaf spring in the door guide pushes them down into place. You have to pull the door outward slightly to open the door. Note there is an aluminum refrigeration control panel on the lower left. When you slide the panel to the left, controls are revealed and the manufacturer name Carrier is revealed. The picture below shows the panel opened.
Lionel No. 6672 Refregerator Car with Refrigerator Control Door Open
The car has bar end metal trucks with tab couplers. My car is in good shape; however, there is some rust on the door guides. Note that I have the original box for this car. The box is in good shape with 397 marked on it. I presume that marking indicated the sale price; however, in the 1954 Lionel catalog, the factory recommended price for this car was $5.95. My car is the later version as
there are 2 lines of data to the right of the door.
Lionel No. 6346 "Alcoa" Car
The picture above is a Lionel No. 6346 Alcoa Aluminum hopper car (manufactured 1956 only). This
is one of the few covered hopper cars manufactured by Lionel. This car has a silver painted
body, blue lettering, bar end trucks, one brakewheel, and a stick-on Alcoa Aluminum emblem on both
sides. The actual number painted on the side is "643656." The car is long measuring 10 3/4 inches, not including the couplers on each end.
The cover has 12 hatches; however, mine has 2 hatches missing as the hatches are fragile and
the hinges easily broken. Replacements can be obtained for the missing hatches. Note that I have
the original box for this car. One of box end flaps is detached, but present, and the other is missing.
Lionel X6014 Baby Ruth Scout-Type Boxcar
The picture above shows a Baby Ruth Scout-type boxcar (manufactured 1951-1956). The doors
on this inexpensive boxcar do not open and the brakewheel is molded into the plastic.
Lionel No. 41 Switcher
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 41 Switcher (manufactured from 1955-1958) that I have.
This unit is modeled after the experimental gas turbine switching engine built by the Davenport Locomotive works for the US Army Transportation Corps. The prototype switcher is powered by
two Boeing gas turbines. The top speed of the Davenport locomotive is only 35 mph and Lionel designed its version to also be considerably slower than their other road locomotives. The actual twin Boeing turbine-powered locomotive is preserved at the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO.
Both the real and Lionel versions are intended for light yard work and should not be expected to pull no more than 3-4 freight cars.
The Lionel No. 41 has a ornamental horn, three position E-unit, and operating couplers on the front and rear. My unit is made of black plastic. Note that I have the the original box and the attendant
operating instructions. On the box, the price is written as $11.50. It is worth considerably more
than that now. My unit works well both forward and reverse. All wondow struts are present; however two on one side are cracked. These struts are easily broken with your thumb when picking up the engine.
Lionel No. 53 Rio Grande Snow Plow
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 53 Rio Grande snow plow (manufacured 1957-1960) I have.
This motorized unit unit is based on the Vulcan 2-4-2 switcher. The cab is painted yellow and the remainder
is unpainted black plastic. There is an unpainted yellow snowplow blade on the front
and an operating coupler on the rear. It has an E-uint internal that changes direction
with power interruptions similar to my Santa Fe locomotive. Notice the window strut
is broken but all of it is still there. The one on the other side is also broken. This
is a common problem with these units as the struts are thin and is in the perfect place
for your thumb to press it in when you pick the unit up.
Lionel No. 60 Trolley
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 60 trolley (manufactured from 1955-1958). This unit is
based on the Birney design and has a reversing mechanism similar to the No. 50 gang car. It has
an unpainted yellow body and an unpainted red roof. The lettering was applied with heat-stamping.
The lettering on my unit is black indicating it is a unit produced early in the production. Mine
does not have the motormen that were included in the very first units.
The unit has a trolley pole on the top (that in a real trolley collected power from an overhead
wire). The pole swings around in the opposite direction when the trolley strikes an obstruction.
My car has the spring-type bumpers on the front and rear that make the car reverse when it strikes
The inside of the car is illuminated and there are silhouettes of passengers printed on the
When I received my car, I had to perform some repairs: resolder the 2 field coils wires,
replace the motor ball bearing, repair one motor brush, take the car apart and oil and regrease it,
replace the interior lamp, clean the entire car. The result of this work produced a gool-looking
car that runs very well.
Click on the picture below and you can see a short movie of the car in action. The continuous
"buzz" yoou hear is the vibrotor of the No. 155 Ringing Signal next to the train station. The bell of the ringing signal is difficult to hear in this video.
Lionel No. 3360 Burro Crane
The picture above shows a Lioenl No. 3360 crane (manufactured from 1956-1957). This self-propelled
crane is a replica of the small crane manufactured by Cullen-Friestedt of Chicago for railroads. The body
of the Lionel crane is molded in yellow and has red heat-stamped lettering. The crane can
go backwards and forward with the direction controlled by a lever on the side shown that could
be moved by a track-side activator. A lever on the opposite top side controls whether the crane
moves or the cab rotates - the direction depending on the position of the lever on the side. That lever can
also place the crane in "neutral" (middle position) so it does not move. The lever on the back of the cab disables cab rotation and allows the operator to raise and lower
the block and tackle - the direction up or down depending on the position of the lever on the side.
The crane has a non-operating coupler on each end to allow it to pull light loads. I have the original
box with the insert for this crane. Note the price when purchased new is on the box and the price was $15.95.
Model 2002 Handcar Manufactured by Louis Marx & Co.
The picture above shows a two-person handcar (Model 2002) manufactured by Louis Marx & CO, Inc.
The car was the second version of this model and was manufactured from 1955 to 1956. This car is electrically powered and controlled with the transformer like a locomotive. For a long time the two railroad workers on each end of the arm were missing. I found a source of repair parts and
replaced them as shown above. The car supposed to have one blue and one gray man. As the car goes down the track, the men appear to pump the arm up and down.
I understand this red version is relatively hard to find. The previous version was also red
but the two men were yellow. The subsequent version was brown with blue and gray men. My car
does have some damage - there are two short bumpers broken off one end and part of the top
of the car is also broken on one side. One of the handles for one of men is also broken. These defects do not significantly detract from the car.
Lionel No. 50 Section Gang Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 50 Gang Car (manufactured from 1954-1964). This was the
first of the series of motorized units that Lionel manufactured. This car is self-propelled
and has 3 men, two blue and one olive-colored. The car has an unpainted orange body and
brushplate and an ornamental horn. The car has two blue rubber bumpers on either end and when
one of the bumpers strikes an obstruction, the car reverses direction and the olive-colored
man rotates to the other side of the car. This car was relatively inexpensive and is small.
I believe my car was manufactured between 1955 and 1959 because the bumper bracket is U-shaped.
Later versions were L-shaped. Note that I have the original box with the operating instructions.
The box also contains the carboard insert. This car runs very well.
The No. 50 Section Gang Car as shown on page 8 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog is shown below.
Note the price was only $7.95.
No. 50 Section Gang Car as Shown on Page 8 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog
No. 258 Tinplate Steam Locomotive (1930s)
No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
The picture above shows a Lionel tinplate steam engine and associated tender. This engine
and tender were manufactured in 1930 shortly after Lionel acquired sole ownership of Ives Manufacuring Company. The 258 is identical to the Lionel 257 engine except the 258 has a manual reverse lever. The 258 engine is interesting as it has brass and copper trim with orange-red stripes painted on.
This example has the origial paint as it is somewhat pitted and scratched off in several places.
But the engine runs well. I believe the 4 drive wheels are replacement because the red-painted
spokes are not dull. But the front pilot wheels are original, I believe. Below is a picture
of the engine with power applied to the track and the headlight on.
No. 258 Steam Engine with Headlight On & No. 257T Tender
Below is a picture of the side of the engine.
No. 258 Steam Engine
Below is a picture of the bottom of the engine. Note both power pickup rollers are original
and in tact. Often, one of the rollers are broken or the roller assembly has been replaced.
This example has the original roller assembly with the Lionel name.
No. 258 Steam Engine Pickup Roller Assembly
The tender is also in good shape. The paint on it is also pitted. The tender is missing the
brass handrail on the top rear, but it has the brass ladder on the rear. Below is a picture of the tender. The tender has the coal pile that is often missing.
No. 257T Tender
The picture below is a picture of the engine and tender seen from the rear. The lever
in the engine cab is the manual direction control. This engine does not have the "E-unit" used
to remotely change direction of the train. When the lever is placed in the center position (level)
the train is in "neutral".
No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
Below is a picture of the 258 engine and 257T tender pulling four cars.
No. 258 Steam Engine, No. 257T Tender, No. 805 Boxcar, No. 831 Lumber Car, No. 803 Hopper Car, & No.807 Caboose
As shown below, I have a Lionel No. 805 Boxcar (manufactured around 1931). This car has a a dar pea-green body with an orange roof. It has copper journal boxes on the wheel axles. The doors on both sides open. The car has brass ladders on each end along with brass brake wheels and column shafts.
No. 805 Boxcar
Shown below, I have a Lionel No. 831 Lumber (Flat) Car (manufactured in 1935). This car is painted pale green with nickel posts, brekewheels and stands, and nickel journal boxes on the wheel axles.
Note that I have the original box for this car and most of the original lumber load.
No. 831 Lumber (Flat) Car
Shown below, I have a No. 803 Hopper Car (manufactured from 1931 to 1934). This car is painted
peacock and has brass ladders, nameplates, and brake wheels and shafts. The car has copper journal boxes
on the wheel axles. The wheel on the lower side open and closes the hatches on the bottom center of the car.
No. 803 Hopper Car
Shown below I have a Lionel No. 807 caboose (manufactured from 1929-1930) The car is painted red
with peacock window inserts and roof. The end railing is brass. The caboose has nickel journal boxes
over the wheel axles.
No. 807 Caboose
I also have a Lionel tinplate caboose that I believe was manufactured from 1940-1942. This caboose
is a No. 2657. Its coupler is compatible with the 257T tender, so the 258/257T will pull this caboose. The caboose is shown below attached to the 257T tender.
No. 2657 Caboose
Below is a picture of the rear of the No. 2657 caboose attached to the 257T tender.
No. 2657 Caboose
2026 "Prairie" Steam Locomotive (1948 - 1949)
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine
The picture above is a Lionel model 2026 steam locomotive (manufactured from 1948-1949) that I acquired
in 2005. Lionel called this engine a "Prairie-type" locomotive and sold it as an "O27" gauge
item. It will run on my "O" gauge track. This locomotive is the older version
with a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement and detailed driving wheel hardware. Note the
headlight in the center of the boiler and the two green running lamps (actually a translucent "rhinestone")
on the top sides of the boiler.
Lionel did not pattern this locomotive on any specific real engine. They combined the
features of several popular locomotives to create this model. The locomotive is
powered by a transverse motor with a gear ratio of approximately 9 to 1. It operates
on 10 -12 Vac with a normal car load. It is equipped with a # 226E-35 reversing E-unit and a
# 2026-8 smoke generator synchronized with the motion of the wheels by means of a cam
on the interior of the front geared driver wheel and a cam follower on the smoke lever.
The picture below shows two bottles of Lionel Smoke Pellets that are used in the No. 2026 engine.
Both bottles are about 75% full.
Lionel SP Smoke Pellets
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine & No. 6466W Whistling Tender
The locomotive 3-position "E-unit" is similar to my Santa Fe diesel so it will go
forward, pause, reverse, pause and then repeats when power is cycled on and off. This steam
locomotive has an ornamental bell and whistle and a smoke chamber that actually puffs smoke as
it chugs around the track. It also has an illuminated headlight.
I also have the tender (coal car) that was originally sold with this locomotive. It is a model
6466WX and includes a whistling unit inside. The pictures below show the whistling
unit inside the tender.
Internal Mechanism of No. 6466W Whistling Tender
The whistling unit comprises a motor that turns a miniature impeller that forces
air into a plastic chamber and through an orifice similar to an actual whistle that
you blow with your mouth. You can see the motor on the picture on the left. The
picture on the right shows the impeller in the middle of the pink-colored chamber.
The air exits the chamber on the top. The whistle sounds like a actual train whistle.
It is not a shrill sounding whistle, but it sounds realistic. The whistling unit
is activated by a lever on the transformer. When the lever is turned, a dc voltage is applied to the track, a dc relay closes and the ac motor begins to
turn and the whistle whistles.
Hear the Whistle Blow
I recorded the whistle and you can hear the sound of the whistle by clicking here.
In addition to the whistle, you can here the motor running that turns the impeller.
The motor noise is not so noticeable with the train running.
I have the original boxes for this locomotive and its tender. They are shown below
with the locomotive, tender, and my Timken box car.
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine & No. 6466W Whistling Tender & Their Original Boxes
Lionel #1426WS Outfit (1948 - 1949)
I have purchased three train cars that were sold with the 2026 locomotive and tender when
they were sold as a complete outfit. The #1426WS outfit comprised the 2026 locomotive, the
6646WX whistling tender, two #6440 Pullman passenger cars, and one #6441 Observation car.
I also purchased a model 1033 transformer similar to the model 1032 transformer that was included in the outfit. This outfit is shown below. Note that I have the original boxes for the engine, tender, and transformer.
No. 1426WS Outfit
No. 1426WS Outfit
Below is a picture from the Lionel 1948 catalog showing the #1426WS Outfit. Note the price of this
outfit in 1948 was $42.75, quite expensive in those days.
No. 1426WS Outfit shown on Pages 6 -7 of the 1948 Consumer Catalog
One #6440 Pullman passenger car (manufactured from 1948-1949) is shown below.
No. 6440 Pullman Car
This "tinplate" passenger car was a continuation of the #2440 passenger car manufactured in 1946 and 1947. The #6440 possesses the updated magnetic couplers in place of the older style coil couplers. The #6440 car is of all metal construction. The body is green with cream-colored windows and doors and plastic frosted window panes. The roof is a darker tint. The car is illuminated.
The #6441 Observation car (manufactured from 1948-1949) is shown below.
No. 6441 Observation Car
This "tinplate" car was a continuation of the #2441 passenger car manufactured in 1946 and 1947.
The #6441 possesses the updated magnetic couplers in place of the older style coil couplers. The #6441
car is of all metal construction. The body is green with cream-colored windows and doors and plastic
frosted window panes. The roof is a darker tint. The car is illuminated.
The #6441 Observation car is always at the end of the train. The car has no coupler
at is rear so no other cars can be attached behind it. The rear of the car has a "porch" where
people can stand. The porch reminds me of the "campaign trains" of long ago
where candidates stood and waved to their constituents. The rear of the #6441 Observation
car is shown. Note the two "rhinestones" above the porch that simulate lanterns.
Rear of No. 6441 Observation Car
Below is a picture of my 2026 locomotive and 6466WX tender with one of my #6440 Pullman cars
and the #6441 Observation car. I have the track power on and you can see the cars
Nos. 2026, 6466WX, 6440, and 6441 Train
Nos. 2026, 6466WX, 6440, and 6441 Train
|Click on the picture below to see a short video clip of the train running around a short oval loop.
No. 3559 Coal Dumping Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #3559 Coal Dumping Car (manufactured from 1946 - 1948). This is a
primitive-looking coal car that is a carryover design from earlier Lionel coal car designs such
as the #3659 car manufactured from 1938 to 1942. The #3559 car is a predecessor to the #3469 automatic dumping ore car I have and shown earlier.
The features of the #3559 car include a painted red metal dumping hopper, painted black sheet metal frame and a bakelite housing covering the operating mechanism. There is a metal footstep on each
corner of the frame and the item number #3559 is stamped in silver on the bottom of the frame.
My car is the later version with staple-end trucks and coil couplers.
Note that I have the original box and box insert for this car. The box has no end flaps but
it is in good shape otherwise. I also have a #207 bag of coal and the #160 bakelite bin that
the coal is dumped into; both came with the car.
The car looks like new with hardly a scratch anywhere on it. It evidently was never used, or used only
a few times. The car couplers and dumping hopper work well.
Below are pages 24 -25 of the 1948 Lionel Consumer Catalog showing the No. 3559 "Operating Dumping Car" as the catalog describes it. Note the car was priced at $5.50 in 1948.
Pages 24-25 of the 1948 Lionel Consumer Catalog showing the No. 3559 Coal Dumping Car
No. X2454 Baby Ruth Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel X2454 Baby Ruth boxcar. This boxcar is shorter than the
other boxcars I have being only 9 1/4 inches long. This car was introduced by Lionel in 1946
and discontinued in 1947. It is painted orange with Baby Ruth and PRR logos in black. The
doors are die-cast metal and painted brown. The boxcar has staple-end trucks and the older style coil couplers.
1872 "General" Steam Engine (1959-1962)
No. 1872LT "General" Steam Engine Train
The picture above is an #1872 steam engine with its #1862T tender. Lionel classified
this engine as a "General" or Civil War style engine. It is a good representation
of an actual American locomotive of the mid to late 1800s and was patterned after the "General"
civil war engine.
Below are pages 20 and 21 from the 1959 Lionel Consumer catalog that introduced the "5-Star General Train outfit for the first year it was sold.
No. 1872 "5-Star General" Steam Engine Train from page 21 of Lionel Consumer Catalog
The actual "General" locomotive was made famous by James J. Andrews and a group of Union spies who stole
the engine in 1862 to use it for burning bridges and tunnels between Chattanooga, TN and Atlanta, GA. This locomotive was further made famous by the Walt Disney movie entitled
"The Great Locomotive Chase" starring Fess Parker that was released in 1956. Lionel wanted to capitalize on the popularity of this movie and therefore released the #1862 locomotive (an O27 gauge) and
the 1872 (a Super O gauge). Lionel did not replicate the "Texas" locomotive nor two other
locomotives used in pursuit of the "General" locomotive.
The actual "General" locomotive is on display at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive
History in Kennesaw, GA which is northwest of Atlanta, GA. You can see pictures of the
original "General" by clicking here.
The 1872 "General" features a 4-4-0 wheel arrangement, gray painted plastic boiler, a red cab with
gold lettering, a 3-position E unit, wire handrails, "Magnetraction" (magnetized wheels), an internal weight for added traction, a gold ornamental bell, a black ornamental whistle (mine has the whistle exit
broken off but I have purchased 2 replacements), a smoke unit, and a functional headlight.
I also have three cars of the "General" train set. The cars I have include the #1866
Western & Atlantic mail car, the #1865 Western & Atlantic passenger car, and the #1877 horse car that is not shown here. The cars are good representations of actual railroad cars of that type in the 1800s. Below is a side view of my "General" train.
No. 1872 "General" Steam Engine Train
Below is page 43 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog showing the cars of the
General train set for separate sell.
Page 43 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog
Below is a picture of my General train outfit.
No 1872 "General" Train Outfit
Southern GP-38 6-28843 Diesel Switcher Engine (2004)
No. 6-28843 Southern GP-38 Diesel Switcher Engine
The picture above is my newest Lionel item. This is a Southern Railway GP-38
switcher engine made in 2004. This engine is new in the box and has never been used.
The number on the side of the engine reads 2730. This engine features dual maintenance free motors,
metal frame, a diesel horn, and is illuminated. It is transformer operated and will operate on my
50-year old transformers that I have. However, the engine is modernized with
a solid-state E-unit for direction control and the diesel horn is electronically
synthesized. There is a speaker on the underside of the engine to produce the diesel
horn sound. The engine is not American made - it is made in China.
This engine was part of a Southern Diesel Freight set that had 4 cars. I do not
have the other cars, but I do have the original box for this engine, the owner's manual
for the set, a Lionel Model Railroading booklet, and an Instruction Video that came with
the engine. These items are shown below with the engine and a Southern Woodside caboose I also
No. 6-28843 Southern GP-38 Diesel Switcher Engine
I have two Southern Railway cabooses. These cabooses are shown below.
Nos. X9259 & 6-17601 Southern Cabooses
The picture above shows two relatively modern Southern Railway cabooses that
I have. The one on the left is a #X9259 bay window lighted caboose (manufactured 1-1988). This caboose has a emblem on the right for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The car on the right is a Lionel #6-17601 Southern Standard "O" Woodside Lighted Caboose
(manufactured in 1986). Notice the Southern Railway emblem in the center.
The emblem says "The Southern Serves the South."
No. 6-28843 Southern GP-38 Diesel Switcher Engine & No. 6-17601 Caboose
Below are pictures of numerous railroad accessories I have.
No. 132 Illuminated Station
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 132 Illuminated Station I have (manufactured 1949-1955. In addition to
a light inside, this station has a bimetallic operating mechanism inside that when operated with an
insulated track section, stops the train for a short time (adjustable) and then allows the train
to proceed as if it stopped to pick up passengers. The accessory is a replica of a suburban train station.
The building is white with green trim and a green roof mounted on a maroon base. The chimney
is painted red. Note I have the original box and instructions for this accessory.
No. 145 Gateman & No. 256 Freight Station
The picture above shows on the far left a #145 operating gateman and his building (1950-1966). When the train comes by, the man opens the door and comes out swinging a lantern which is
missing on mine in this picture. Also there used to be a railroad crossing "crossbuck" sign that has been broken off. The #145 operating gateman is called a #145 Automatic Crossing Watchman in the
Lionel 1952 catalog as shown below. I also have the #252 Crossing Gate shown in the image.
No. 145 Automatic Crossing Watchman & No. 252 Crossing Gate in 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
As shown in the photograh above, I also have a #256 illuminated freight station (manufactured between 1950-1953) similar to model #356. Note the advertising signs. You might recognize some popular products. This freight station does not have the baggage handlers pulling their carts around the station like the model 356 does. The Lionel 1952 catalog calls the #256 illiminated freight station a #256 Wayside Station on page 33 as shown below
No. 256 Wayside Station on Page 33 of 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
The pictures below show the #145 operating gateman in operation. Note that I have replaced the "crossbuck" sign, replaced the lantern, and replaced the frosted window pane in the door.
No. 145 Gateman in Operation
The picture on the left shows the gateman in the building with its internal light
on waiting for a train to approach. The picture on the right shows the gateman
with the door open and out of the building. Note the red lantern he is holding.
This lantern had been missing from my gateman for a long time, but I was able
to replace the lantern. The crossbuck sign on the right was also missing for a
long time, but I was able to find a replacement for that also.
The operating gateman was a very popular accessory for Lionel trains in the
1950s. I understand thousands were produced. Everyone likes to see the gateman
come out of his building when the train approaches. The building has a maroon-colored roof
and the toolbox attached to the side of the building has a red-colored top. This combination
of colors indicates this accessory was probably manufactured
in 1951. The gateman uses a #145C contactor for activation.
Water Tower and Rotating Beacon Made By Louis Marx & Co.
The picture above shows a water tower with its original box (manufactured by Loius Marx & Co.,Inc.) and a searchlight beacon (manufactured by Louis Marx & CO, Inc.) that is missing the rotating enclosure and the red and green lenses. The bulb on top of the searchlight tower has a dimple in it. The lightweight
rotating enclosure had a pin that fit in the dimple and vanes in the top of the enclosure. Heat from the bulb rising through the vanes made the enclosure rotate. I have both lenses, and have remade the enclosure out of brass.
No. 197 Rotating Radar Antenna
The picture above shows on the far right a Lionel No.#197 airport surveillance radar (cataloged from 1957-1959). Note that I have the original box for the radar. When this picture was made,
the reflector for the radar was broken and has several pieces missing.
I have since repaired the reflector and the results are shown below. I also
replaced the vertical whip antenna. The radar antenna rotates. There is
a vibrator at the base of the antenna that runs on 8-9 Vac. When it vibrates,
the radar antenna rotates clockwise.
No. 197 Rotating Radar Antenna
Below is the No. 197 radar as pictured in the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog. Note the price was
only $5.95 back then. The vintage radar with its box sells much more that that now.
No. 197 Rotating Radar as Pictured on Page 5 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog
Lionel No. 352 Icing Station
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 352 Icing Station (manufactured from 1955-1957). This
accessory simulated a railroad refrigerator car icing platform. This example is the earlier
version of as it has a brown platform with a white structure mounted on it. Later versions had
a red platform. A blue plastic man with orange arms and paddle pushes the plastic ice cube
into the top of the specially-made refrigerator car (Lionel No. 6352) when the accesory is activated.
I have 3 ice cubes that came with the car and I purchased two additional ones to made a quantity
of 5 that originally came with the unit.
The picture below shows the Lionel No. 6352 refrigerator car beside the icing station.
Lionel No. 352 Icing Station with No. 6532 Refrigerator Car
The pictues below shows the man pushing an ice cube into the car.
Lionel No. 182 Triple Action Magnetic Gantry Crane
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 182 Triple Action Gantry Crane (manufactured from 1946-1949).
The unit has a black bakelite base with a silver metal tower structure. A plastic Lionel No. 2460-type crane cab
is mounted on top. The cab has a pained gray smoke stack that is not molded as part of the cab. The
cab is mounted on a die-cast base that will swivel 360 degrees. An elaborate gear box with clutches allows
a single motor to swivel the crane left or right and raise or lower the blodk and tackle. The hook can
lift an electromagnet that can be activated to lift metal objects such as the metal culverts of my No. 342 culvert
loader. The electromagnet is marked "Cutler Hammer." The unit is controlled by a special rectangular control that
has 4 push buttons - 2 for left/right swivel and 2 for up/down of the block and tackle. A rotary knob in the center
activates the electromagnetic and when activated, a red light inside the cab illuminates.
No. 455 Operating Oil Derrick and Pump
The picture above shows an impressive and highly sought after accessory. It is the Lionel #455
Oil Derrick (manufactured from 1950-1954). Since Lionel produced so many Sunoco tank cars
like my #6415 tank car shown in the picture, it was only natural that Lionel replicated the source of the oil. This accessory is based upon a typical mid-west America oil derrick built in the 1930s-1940s. The derrick is almost 15 inches high and is colorful making it stand out on any train layout.
The derrick has a red-painted metal base, green metal tower, a Sunoco sign, a glass tube used to
simulte oil being pumped, a orange plastic simulated generator, and a red pumping beam and pumper.
Also included are 4 aluminum oil drums, a black plastic oil drum rack, and a operating crank
on the rear that raises and lowers a hook.
The pumping is driven by a solenoid controlled by a bimetallic switch that cycles power on and
off to the solenoid. This action makes the pumping arm go up and down simulating the pumping action.
The glass tube is illuminated by a light bulb underneath the red base. The bulb heats the "oil" and it
bubbles adding to the illusion that oil is being pumped.
In the picture above, I have the derrick in operation. You can see the glass tube illuminated
and the bubbles in the "oil". Also the time exposure picture caught the pumping arm in motion.
This particular derrick is the common version with the dark green tower with matching upper platform.
Ther earliest version had a red-painted upper platform. Another rare version had a pale green-painted
Typically, the Sunoco sign and the 4 oil drums are missing. That was the case when I purchased mine.
But I was able to find a source of replicated parts and I purchased the Sunoco sign, 5 oil drums (the 5th drum is on the left as if being filled with the pipe valve), and the crank for the bobbin
that moves the hook up and down. I also replaced the string that winds around the bobbin and
goes through the hook and secures to the top of the tower.
This accessory is an on/off accessory and works very well.
The #455 Operating Oil Derrick and Pump is described on page 12 of the 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
I have. The portion of that page describing the derrick is shown below. Note the sugested retail price is $9.95.
No. 455 Operating Oil Derrick and Pump on Page 12 of the 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
Note that the catalog shows the derrick with a red top. That color configuration is the earliest
version. Mine is the later version with the top the same dark green color as the lower structure.
Another version has a light green painted structure and top.
No. 397 Operating Coal Loader
The picture above shows a Lionel #397 Operating Coal Loader (manufactured from 1948-1957) I have.
It features a gray metal base, a red plastic bin, rubber conveyor belt, black metal conveyor support structure, and a transparent coal deflector shield on the top of the structure. This accessory is interesting to watch as it is full of action, noise, and excitement. It requires only
one track for operation. It has a red receiving bin into which coal is dumped. The receiving bin
is activated by a cam and it agitates to vibrate the coal toward the rear of the bin where a
rubber conveyor belt lifts the coal up over and drops the coal into the car. The early version
of this accessory had a yellow diesel motor housing and a #70 yard light mounted to the gray base. Very early in production the yard light was deleted and the diesel motor housing was painted blue.
Mine is the later version with the blue diesel motor housing. Note that I have the original box showing
a price of $14.50. One each #206 and #207 bags of coal were included with my coal loader as shown in
the photo. Also shown in the photo is my #3469 Automatic Dumping Ore Car receiving the coal from
the coal loader. The rubber conveyor belt rots over time and I had to replace my belt. After replacing the belt and lubricating the motor, it operates well.
The #397 Operating Coal Loader is described on pages 30-31 of the 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
I have. Portions of these pages are shown below. Note that the suggested retail price is $13.25 which is less than the price on the box of the loader that I have. Also note that the drawing of
the coal loader is reversed - the diesel motor in the drawing is on the left; however, on the
actual coal loader, the diesel motor is on the right.
No. 397 Diesel-type Operating Coal Loader on Pages 30-31 of the 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
No. 445 Operating Switch Tower
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 445 Operating Switch Tower (introduced in 1952).
This item represents a trackside tower wher operators inside controlled the
interlocking and signaling systems of American railroads. Lionel's device
contained two men, one on the balcony, and one on the stairway with the intent
of them being a single man who spots a train from the balcony and then runs
down the stairs with a lantern. The structure is white with green windows, balcony,
and roof. On the roof is a red chimney. Note I have the original box for this accessory.
Below are two pictures, one showing the structure lighted and the other picture showing the
accessory activated with the man down at the foot of the stairs.
No. 445 Operating Switch Tower, Illuminated
No. 445 Operating Switch Tower, Illuminated and Activted
Homemade Building & No. 450 Operating Signal Bridge
The picture above shows one of the handmade buildings I built long ago. Also
shown is a #450 Operating Signal Bridge "traffic light" (manufactured from 1952 to 1958) for the trains. When the train goes under, the lights change from green to red. The signal bridge uses two #153C contactors, one for each light pair. The #450 signal bridge is called a #450 New Operating Signal Bridge
on page 22 of the 1952 Lionel catalog as shown below.
No. 450 Operating Signal Bridge on Page 22 of the 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
No. 154 Flashing Highway Signal & No. 252 Crossing Gates With Marx No. 0446 Rotating Beacon
The picture above shows several railroad crossings I have.
In the center background you can see a model 154 crossing signal with two red lights. The die-cast metal crossbuck sign
on this signal suggests it was manufactured between 1945 and 1949 (later versions used plastic crossbuck signs). The two red lights will alternately illuminate as a train
passes by. This crossing signal requires a special contactor (#154C) that attaches on the outer rail of the track
and to the center rail. The outer rail contact is actually two separate contacts electrically isolated
from the rail. When the train wheels short a contact to the rail, the respective light illuminates.
Thus as the wheels traverse the contacts going from one to the other, the lights alternately illuminate.
At times, both lights will simultaneously illuminate. You can see the #154C contactor on the far track
between the crosssing gates.
The #154 crossing signal is called a #154 Flashing Highway Signal and is listed on page 32 of the 1952 Lionel catalog as shown below. I also have the #153 Automatic Block Signal shown on that same page.
No. 154 Flashing Highway Signal & No. 153 Automatic Block Signal on Page 32 of 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
Also in the background of the photograph you can see the beacon tower manufactured by Marx. I have
made a housing for the red and green lenses out of brass and you
can see the green lens clearly on the left and the red lens on the right.
You can see two model 252 crossing gates (manufactured between 1950 and 1963), one on either side of
the two sets of tracks in the photograph. When a train approaches, the gate arms descend and the two red lights on each arm illuminate. The gates rise and the red lights extinguish after the train passes. The crossing gates use a #145C contactor for activation. As noted above, the #252 Crossing Gate is listed on page 30 and 31 of the 1952 Lionel catalog.
In the right background, you can see the model 145 operating gateman building (manufactured 1950-1966)
with its internal light on. The gateman is inside waiting for a train to approach.
The pictures below shows views of the railroad crossings with my 2026 steam engine
sufficiently near to activate the crossings. In the first picture, the two
red lights of the model 154 crossing signal are both illuminated because the train is stopped.
Note that the gateman is also out of his building warning that a train is near.
No. 154 Flashing Highway Signal, No. 252 Crossing Gates, & No.145 Gateman in Operation
The picture below is another view. The engine is moved back and only one red
light on the model 154 crossing signal is activated.
No. 154 Flashing Highway Signal, No. 252 Crossing Gates, & No.145 Gateman in Operation