3562
A.T. & S.F.
Operating Barrel Car
1954 - 1958


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History
The 3562 A.T. & S.F. operating barrel car was an ingenious design by Lionel during its most innovative postwar years, the mid-1950's. The initial barrel cars were designed to operate with a 160 unloading bin. However, the early success of the operating barrel car quickly brought out the introduction of a companion accessory, the 362 barrel loader.

The 3562 was in the Lionel family for five years. During that time, the barrel car underwent several color changes and body style variations. Collecting each style and variation with require time and resources as some are hard to find in collector condition.

Features
The 3562 basically contained the same features for its entire run. They include: painted or unpainted bodies, various letter colors, bar-end trucks, operating coulers and a minature figure (man) at the offloading end. Each color of the barrel car was assigned its own number and the number was stamped on the side of the car.

The only variation to the body included the addition of a small plastic tab molded into the frame near the unloading man. This was used to secure the man in place but more importantly prevented the barrels from unloading while a train was traveling around a layout. This change occured during the 1955 production run. Barrel cars from the 1955 era were produced both with and without this tab.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the barrel car is approximately 11 1/4" long (coupler to coupler).

3562-1 Black Body - This is the second hardest version to locate. It was produced as a painted black body in 1954 with either a black or yellow center trough.
3562-25 Gray Body - The painted gray version was produced in 1954. The gray body style has the easiest and also the most difficult variation to find. The gray body with blue lettering is generally regarded as the easiest barrel car to locate. However, the gray body with red lettering is quite rare.
3562-50 Yellow Body - The yellow barrel car was produced in 1955 and 1956 and came in both painted and unpainted versions. The painted version is more difficult to locate and tough to find in nice condition.
3562-75 Orange Body - Shown in the photo above - Although the production cycle lastest for two year, 1957 and 1958, the unpainted orange barrel car is not easy to locate.

3562 A.T. & S.F. Operating Barrel Cars
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
3562-1 Black 1954:3562-25 Middle Classic 1954
3562-25 Gray, Blue Lettering 1954:3562-50 Middle Classic 1955
3562-25 Gray, Red Lettering 1954:3562-50 Late Classic 1956
3562-50 Painted Yellow 1955 - 1956:~ ~ ~ ~~
3562-50 Molded Yellow 1955 - 1956:~ ~ ~ ~~
3562-75 Orange 1957 - 1958:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
The following inventory is available for sale from our website sponsors.

3562 A.T. & S.F. Operating Barrel Cars
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Available inventory as of Mon Jul 28 06:11:49 2014 .
SponsorConditionPriceComments
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 99.00This is the hard-to-find painted yellow barrel car that's been serviced and tested and works properly. There are small nicks and chips on the exterior. However, there is no rust nor oxidation on the base nor trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 99.00Up for sale is the hard-to-find painted yellow barrel car. The car is complete and undamaged, but there are some light or minor surface marks on the exterior. Overall, it's still a clean and nice looking freight car.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 88.00This is an extremely clean yellow barrel car that's been cleaned, serviced and tested and works great! The exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is complete and not worn. There is no rust nor oxidation on the base nor trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$110.00Here's a fresh-looking grey barrel car which is fully cleaned, tested, serviced and works great. The exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is complete and not worn. This is the earlier version without the locking tab for the figure. The box is solid but has repair tape on some interior flaps.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$112.00Here's a great looking grey barrel car that's been cleaned, serviced and tested and works great! The exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is complete and not worn. This is the earlier version without the locking tab for the figure.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$115.00This is a super clean, almost condition 8, grey barrel car. This barrel car has been cleaned, serviced and tested, it works great! The exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is complete and not worn. This is the earlier version without the locking tab for the figure.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$125.00Up for sale is a gorgeous orange barrel car. The exterior color is vibrant and the side lettering is crisp, clean and not worn nor faded. Also included are six original postwar barrels.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$435.00Up for sale is the rare black barrel car, complete with original box, insert, barrels, packing envelope and much more. The exterior paint is pristine and the side lettering is complete and not worn nor faded.
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Historical Sales
The following is a list of actual completed sales for this item.

Sales History
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SponsorConditionPriceDateComments
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$135.00Fri Jun 8 19:08:25 2012 Here's an extremely clean, all original grey barrel with blue lettering. The barrel car is complete and includes many extras such as the original instructions, barrels, controller and more.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7$ 88.00Thu Feb 27 06:53:49 2014 Up for sale is an original molded yellow operating barrel car. This freight car has been cleaned, serviced, tested and is ready to run. Also included is a track activator, original instructions, barrels, dump bin and controller.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 80.00Thu Feb 27 06:53:35 2014 Here's an extremely clean molded yellow barrel car that is complete, undamaged and has a vibrant yellow exterior with crisp, clean side lettering.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$115.00Mon Mar 4 06:16:48 2013 Up for sale is a gorgeous yellow barrel car that's been cleaned, serviced and tested and works great! The exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is complete and not worn. There is no rust nor oxidation on the base nor trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$135.00Mon Jun 10 09:39:27 2013 Now available for sale is a pristine yellow molded barrel car that's been cleaned, serviced, tested and works properly. There are no nicks nor chips on the exterior and certainly no rust nor oxidation on the base nor trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8$185.00Fri Mar 30 17:10:24 2012 This is a gorgeous, hard-to-find, painted yellow barrel car with a pristine yellow exterior and clean, crisp lettering. Also included with the barrel car is an original track activator, barrels, dump bin and controller and instructions.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$145.00Sun Feb 2 09:09:32 2014 Here's a super clean, almost condition 8 orange barrel car. The car has been cleaned, tested, serviced and is fully functional. Also included is a set of original barrels, 160 dump bin, controller and track clip.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$195.00Mon Sep 24 18:49:58 2012 Here's a gorgeous orange barrel car, complete with all of the extras as originally sold by Lionel. The car has been cleaned, tested and works perfectly. The exterior orange looks great and the lettering is in perfect condition.
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