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Lionel Prewar Trains
Freight Cars

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Lionel's Classic Period Freight Cars.

800 Series Large Eight Wheel Cars
Box and Merchandise Cars

For an introduction to this series of cars follow this link. Underlined car numbers mean the photograph above links to a larger image. Underlined and different colored words are links to descriptive pages that explain the words. You can either open the links in new windows or use your back button to come back to this page. Because of the number of minor detail variations this page only shows the major color variations. In the future I will add a link to a table listing all the minor trim variations.

The 814, 2814 Box cars, and the 3814 Merchandise car

814 Cream sides, orange roof, peacock door guides. This car has a large door handle.

814 Cream, orange, pea green door guides. Small door handle.

814 Cream, orange.

814 Yellow, brown. Brass plates.

814 Yellow, brown. Nickel plates.

Two yellow/ brown cars. Early car on left with brass plates has 2 stantions on brake wheel. Later car on right has one.

2814 Cream, maroon. Same as 814 cream maroon but automatic couplers.

2814 Flat orange, tuscan. RS lettering



3814 Tuscan. Decal lettering.

3814 Tuscan. RS lettering.


The 814 box car was introduced in 1926 and was cataloged through 1942. All colors are shown except the cream and maroon car which is the same as the 2814 shown. The 814 is not known to exist with rubber stamped lettering. The cream and orange cars can be found with peacock or pea green door guides. On all other cars the door guides match the roof. In 1936, Lionel removed one of the stantions holding the brake wheel shaft from the car. The lower stantion was also removed the 813 cattle cars. All cars made after 1936 have only one stantion. It is possible to make odd colored cars such as cream with brown roof by changing roofs.

The 2814 box car was introduced in 1938. It only came in two color variations- cream with maroon roof and flat orange with tuscan roof. The flat orange car is not known to exist with nickel plates.

The 3814 merchandise car actually threw small crates out by remote control. It doesn't work very well though. When it does work it throws the crates about a foot. That would have to be one very strong guy hidden in there to throw a crate 50 scale feet. The original crates come in red or brown (shown) and have "Baby Ruth" embossed on them. Reproduction crates are available and do not have "Baby Ruth" on them. The decaled car shown here was assembled from parts by the factory and shipped to a gentleman outside Philadelphia in 1943. I will scan in the paper work for this car at some date in the future. The car is identical to regular production cars. It's the paper work and the box- a 385W tender box that's interesting.

Rarity: The rubber stamped 2814 is the hardest car to find. Next is the cream and maroon 814. All the other cars are common. Most collectors think the rubber stamped version of the merchandise car is harder to find than the decaled version. I think they're wrong. I think he decaled version is harder to find. There are about five rubber stamped 3814s for each decaled one.

For more pages of these cars select car type below:

Crane, Gondola and Cabooses

Stock and Refrigerator cars

Tank and Hopper cars

Flat, Searchlight and Dump cars.


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