Lehigh Valley
1948 - 1955

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The 6456 Lehigh Valley hopper, along with its earlier cousin the 2456 Lehigh Valley Hopper, were the first new short hoppers introduced by Lionel in the postwar era. The 6456 was included in practically every catalogued set as well as being available for separate sale. This has made the 6456 hopper a common item. However, being that most were introduced in sets and 'played with by the children', finding a 6456 in nice condition will require some searching and effort.

From 1948 until 1954 the 6456 was either black or maroon. However, during the final two years of production, Lionel introduced 3 new color combinations. Some of these are hard and even rare to locate.

Standard features of the 6456 include metal trucks, painted body, white lettering, two operating couplers and a single brakewheel.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
For most of the production cycle the 6456 remained virtually unchanged. There were minor mold variations and truck changes, however none of these have an impact on its value. Until 1954, the 6456 was either a black or maroon hopper with white lettering. Beginning in 1954, the 6456 experienced several color changes such as:

Maroon or Black - Black version shown in the photo above - The most common version of the 6456 hopper.
Gray - Harder to find and assumed to be a two year production run, 1954 and 1955.
Glossy Red with Yellow Lettering - This is one of the hardest variations to locate. Assumed to be from a single production run in 1954.
Glossy Red with White Lettering - This is by far the most difficult version to locate. Assumed to be from a single production run in 1954 and is rare.

6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Black Hopper 1948 - 1955:Middle Classic 1949 - 1955
Maroon Hopper 1948 - 1955:Middle Classic - 'Red Hopper' 1949 - 1955
Gray Hopper 1954 & 1955:Middle Classic - '6456-25: Gray Hopper' 1954 & 1955
Glossy Red, Yellow Lettering 1954:~ ~ ~ ~~
Glossy Red, White Lettering 1954:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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6456 Lehigh Valley Hopper
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Available inventory as of Fri Jan 30 03:00:01 2015 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 22.00Here's a nice and clean black hopper. There is no damage nor rust on the freight car and the exterior color is clean and the side lettering is crisp and complete.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7$ 42.00Now available is a clean hopper from the early 1950's. This version is painted black and has staple-end trucks. Overall condition is close to a 7+.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 60.00Here is this maroon version of the Lehigh Valley Hopper. This version, produced in 1950, includes staple-end trucks. The maroon body is nice and bright with solid white lettering.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 65.00Here's an extremely clean, almost condition 8, maroon hopper. This is the early version with staple-end trucks. The exterior colors are vibrant and the lettering is nice and white.
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Historical Sales
The following is a list of actual completed sales for this item.

Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 63.00Sun Mar 30 12:17:18 2014 Now available is a very clean, all-original black hopper car. The exterior color is vibrant and the white lettering is crisp and clean. This is the later version with bar-end trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$ 88.00Tue Mar 5 05:27:25 2013 Up for sale is a gorgeous maroon hopper with a nice, solid box. The bar-end trucks are complete and there is no rust on either the trucks nor base plate. The maroon exterior is spotless and the lettering is nice and white.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$245.00Sat Feb 1 15:17:54 2014 Now available for sale is the hard-to-find gray hopper with maroon lettering. Best of all, this freight car is brand new, never used and truly in Mint condition! Even the original box is solid, complete and looks as nice as the hopper.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8$275.00Fri Jun 13 05:30:57 2014 Up for sale is the rare glossy red painted hopper with yellow lettering. The exterior colors are vibrant and the side lettering is in perfect condition. There is no rust on the trucks nor couplers.
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