The 2460 crane is Lionel’s most realistic crane. It replaced the 2660 and 2560 tin bodied cranes in the O gauge line.
The 2460 has diecast frame, six wheel trucks, and operates. The knob on the back of the cab raises and lowers the boom. The knob on the side raises and lowers the hook.
Lionel made 2 variations of the 2460 crane- black cab as shown above and gray cabs. Gray is worth more. The black cranes are still quite popular and are very common.
In 1951, Lionel replaced the six wheel trucks with regular four wheel trucks and renumbered the crane as the 6460.