Lionel Lines
Operating Coal Dump Car
1946 - 1948

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The 3459 was Lionel's first new-style coal dump car (also known as the automatic ore dump car) of the postwar era. It's modern appearance was in stark contrast to the primitive-looking 3559 which was a carry-over design from the prewar era. The 3459 was based on a prototype dump car of an eastern United States railroad.

The 3459 is a versatile freight car. It can operate with any of several Lionel coal-related accessories. It is not as common as the 3469 which was introduced in 1949. It is a sturdy and reliable operating car.

Standard features of the 3459 include: two operating coil-type couplers on staple-end trucks, operating tray plus a brakewheel and platform at each end.

Production of the 3459 lasted for three years. During that time there were three color variations. The most common is a black painted tray. However, painted green and unpainted aluminum trays also exist.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Painted Black with White Lettering - Shown in the photo above - The most common version.
Painted Green with White Lettering - Much harder to find than the black version, especially in collector quality condition.
Unpainted Aluminum with Blue Lettering - Extremely difficult to locate, a rare variation. Believed to have been produced only in 1946.

3459 Operating Coal Dump Car
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Black Dump Bin 1946 - 1948:Art Deco with Insert 1946 - 1948
Green Dump Bin 1947 - 1948:~ ~ ~ ~~
Aluminum Dump Bin 1946:~ ~ ~ ~~

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3459 Operating Coal Dump Car
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Available inventory as of Thu Feb 11 03:00:01 2016 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$235.00Here's a nice & clean, all-original green dump car from 1948. The exterior and interior colors are clean, the side lettering is clean and crisp and there are only minor surface nicks and marks from usage.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7$150.00Sat Nov 24 07:47:59 2012 This is the hard-to-find green dump car. The car is nice and clean with crisp lettering. There is no rust nor oxidation on the trucks or wheels and the ore dump car has been tested and works fine.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 75.00Sun Jan 8 06:01:18 2012 Up for sale is a nice and clean ore dump car. This one is the regular production version in black. The dump car has been cleaned, serviced, tested and is ready for your layout.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$504.00Thu Dec 31 18:11:21 2015 Now available for sale is the rare silver dump car produced only in 1946. This freight car is in great condition and very close to condition 8! The exterior silver is vibrant and the side lettering is crisp, complete and and not worn from usage.
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