NYC or Alaska
1959 - 1968

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The 6162 New York Central gondola was introduced by Lionel in 1959. It was the second long gondola produced by Lionel in the postwar era which did not include a metal undercarriage -- the first being the 6062 NYC gondola.

For the first year of production, the 6162 was available with either the New York Central or Alaska roadname. After 1959, the Alaska gondola was dropped from the line and only the New York Central was produced. Since the Alaska version was only available for a single year, it has become a difficult gondola to locate.

The 6162 was available in many sets as well as being sold as a separate sale item. When included as part of a set, most 6162s were packed without an original box. Locating a 6162 with its original box is -- especially with a box in collector condition -- is difficult.

Standard features on both 6162 NYC gondolas include: unpainted body, AAR trucks plus three cannisters as its load.

The NYC version featured: unpainted blue body with white lettering, three white cannisters, the 'N' in 'NYC' was always in the third panel, the number 6162 was underlined and it usually has three lines of technical data. For the first few years of production, the NYC included two operating couplers. As production continued throughout the 1960's, the gondola gradually changed to include combinations of operating and non-operating couplers.

The Alaska version featured: yellow body with blue lettering, three red cannisters, the number 6162-60 was underlined and it has three lines of technical data. The Alaska gondola always included two operating couplers.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Most 6162 NYC gondolas have unpainted blue bodies -- with various shades of blue being available throughout the ten-year production cycle. For a brief period in the mid-1960s, the gondola was produced with an unpainted red body.

Alaska Gondola - A hard-to-find version as it was only manufactured for a single year -- 1959.
NYC Blue Gondola - Shown in the photo above - The common unpainted blue version.
NYC Red Gondola - A rare variation to locate. Production is assumed to be only for a portion of 1966.

6162 NYC or Alaska Gondola
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Alaska Gondola 1959:6162-1 Orange Perforated Panel1959 & 1960
Blue NYC Gondola 1959 - 1968:6162-110 Orange Picture with Label?? 1965
Red NYC Gondola 1966:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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6162 NYC or Alaska Gondola
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Available inventory as of Tue Feb 9 03:00:01 2016 .
Seaside Trainz6+$ 10.00This is the teal version of the 6162 gondola. This freight car is complete and in decent condition.
Seaside Trainz8/OB$ 12.00Nice Gondola Car with box.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$635.00Up for sale is one of the rarest postwar gondolas ever produced by Lionel. This is the red version of the 6162, which used leftover 6342 culvert gondola bodies to create this variation. This freight car is truly in Mint condition with perfect colors, lettering and graphics!
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 18.00Fri Apr 6 20:47:41 2012 Here's a clean, complete blue gondola that's free of nicks, chips and cracks. Also included are three reproduction canisters. The early style AAR trucks are undamaged and free of rust.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10$106.00Thu Dec 6 21:15:52 2012 Up for sale is a new, unrun Alaska hopper with four original postwar canisters. This freight car was only produced for a single year,1959, and is extremely difficult to locate in unrun condition.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$ 45.00Tue Nov 20 20:08:36 2012 This is a brand new, unrun, truly Mint gondola from the mid-1960's. The exterior blue is vibrant, the lettering is clean, crisp and not worn and the canisters are in perfect condition. There's not a mark nor blemish on the exterior!
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$ 90.00Wed Mar 4 05:42:09 2015 Now available for sale is a stunning blue gondola in unused, truly Mint condition. This freight car has a vibrant blue exterior with crisp, white side lettering and graphics. Also included is a complete, solid original box.
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