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Lionel 3359 Postwar Dump Car 1955-58

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Lionel 335955 dump car
Lionel made the 3359 from 1955 to 1958. This car has an interesting action. When activated over a UCS track section one side dumps, and then the other side dumps.

While the car says 335955 on the side, Lionel cataloged it as the 3359. No variations are known.

Lionel 6167 Caboose Postwar 1963

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Lionel 6167 Caboose
The Lionel 6167 caboose comes with or without lettering. The lettered versions are always red. Unlettered versions come in red, yellow, brown and olive. Olive is the most desirable of the unlettered 6167 cabooses.

The lettered caboose was made in unpainted and painted versions. The painted versions come on different colored molds. I’ve seen black, olive, orange, and gray molds painted red. Black and olive molds painted red are quite rare. Orange and gray are more common. An orange mold painted red is shown below.

Lionel 6167 Caboose

The painted 6167 cabooses have an unpainted area inside where the body was held during painting.

Lionel 53 Rio Grande Snow Plow Postwar 1957-60

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Lionel Rio Grande Snow Plow 53

Lionel introduced the 53 Rio Grande snow plow in 1957. It was made through 1960. Two versions were produced. The version shown above with the A in Grande backwards, and a correct A version. The backwards version is musb more common.

Lionel 53 Snow Plow

The 53 snow plow is capable of pulling a few cars, but not a long train. This type of loco is called a Motorized Unit by collectors.

When found today the window struts on the 53 are usually broken. This happens when the loco is picked up by the cab. If you are buying a small switcher, check to make sure the struts are not repaired or cracked.

In the period after 1980 Lionel has made snow plows in many road names with the 53 cab. The same cab without the attached plow was used on the small military switchers.