6465
Tank Cars
1948 - 1966


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History
The 6465 tank car is a unique tank car in the Lionel family. It's fame comes from the fact it had the longest production run of any single-style Lionel tank car. Additionally, the 6465 contained the widest variety of roadnames used by Lionel on a single style tank car.

The 6465 was introduced by Lionel in 1948 as a Sunoco tank car. From there it carried numerous roadnames such as Gulf, Cities Services and Lionel Lines. Production of the last 6465 tank car was in 1966.

Due to its long 19-year production run, the 6465 tank cars have seen practically every variation of a two-dome tank car. Since the 6465 was included in many sets, locating a 6465 tank car is easy. However, collector quality versions of the late 1940's and early 1950's are the hardest to locate. Recently, the early to mid 1960's versions are becoming harder to find in nice condition.

Features
Listing standard features of the 6465 is impossible because of the nineteen years of production. The only consistent item for that period is the 6465 remainded a two dome tank car! The following features used to help identify the approximate year of production:

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
1958 is the year Lionel implemented the most significant amount of changes to the 6465 tank car. Most, if not all, were aimed at reducing Lionel's production cost.

Sunoco - Sunoco version shown in the photo above This is the most common 6465 tank car. It had the longest run of any 6465 tanker and is generally viewed as the highest quality 6465 tank car. With all metal trucks and wire handrailings, the Sunoco tank car is a great looking tank car. Production started in 1948 and ended in 1956.
Gulf / Lionel Lines - Probably the hardest 6465 tank car to locate in collectable condition. It was a one year only item from 1958 and is known to have come with either a black or gray body. Collector quality examples of either variation are difficult to locate.
Lionel Lines - This roadname was produced in two different color variations -- black or orange. The black version is a one-year only item from 1959 and is somewhat hard to find. The orange version is a common tank car and produced from 1960 until 1966. Although the orange tank car is a common item, it is usually found in less than collectable condition -- those in collectable condition will warrant a slight premium in price.
Cities Services - Although production lasted for three years, 1960 through 1962, the Cities Services is a hard tank car to locate.

6465 Tank Car
Click on the Variation or Box Type for a Photo
Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Sunoco 1948 - 1956:Middle Classic Box, short version1952 - 1956
Gulf / Lionel Lines - Gray Shell 1958:6465-60 Late ClassicEarly 1958
Gulf / Lionel Lines - Black Shell 1958:Orange Picture1961 - 1964
Lionel Lines - Black 1959:~ ~ ~ ~~
Lionel Lines - Orange 1960 - 1966:~ ~ ~ ~~
Cities Services 1960 - 1962:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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6465 Tank Cars
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Available inventory as of Sat Sep 20 03:00:01 2014 .
SponsorConditionPriceComments
All Aboard Train Shoppe6$ 12.00Up for sale is a green Cities Services tank car. There side lettering is in decent condition and the frame and trucks are complete and undamaged.
All Aboard Train Shoppe6$ 14.00Now available is a complete Sunoco tank car that's free of damage and rust. This freight car is the early version with staple-end trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe6/OB$ 28.00Up for sale is a decent-looking Sunoco tank car from the mid-1950's. There are some minor exterior nicks and marks from usage, but there are no nicks, chips nor cracks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 85.00Up for sale is a lot of six Sunoco two-dome tank cars. Conditions range from 6 to a 7. All tank cars have complete trucks and couplers and nothing broken nor damaged on the tank car bodies.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 72.00Now available is a beautiful Sunoco tank car. This is an early version with staple-end trucks, metal footsteps at each corner and a rare 6555-overstamped original box. The exterior colors are pristine and there is no rust, oxidation nor damage to the freight car.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 78.00Now available is the one-year only glossy gray Gulf tank car from 1958. This exterior gray is in nice condition with only a few paint nicks and flakes. The side blue lettering and graphics are crisp and clean.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 99.00Here's a beautiful set of two Sunoco tank cars. Each car is clean, original and very close to condition 8! There is no rust nor oxidation on the frames nor trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9$ 75.00Up for sale is a near-new, barely used orange Lionel Lines tanker from the mid-1960's. The exterior orange is vibrant and the side lettering is pristine and not worn nor faded. Even the frame and trucks are in great condition.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$245.00Here's a truely Mint, never used and brand new tank car from the 1953 era. It includes the original inspection tag and a brand new box.
Table generated at Sat Sep 20 15:59:21 2014 .

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$ 33.00Wed Feb 6 20:30:03 2013 Here's a nice and clean orange Lionel Lines tanker from the mid-1960's. This tank car is complete and there is no damage to the tank nor side walkways. The AAR trucks are the later version.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$ 44.00Sat Mar 1 11:01:18 2014 here's a nice and clean Sunoco tank car as produced in the early 1950's. This tank car has staple-end trucks and no corner steps dating it to the early 1950's. The car decals and lettering are crisp and complete.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 35.00Tue Sep 25 05:35:42 2012 Up for sale is an extremely clean, complete, all-original Sunoco tank car. The tanker is complete, undamaged and has a nice exterior silver color. The side lettering and graphics are complete and not smudged nor worn. The bar-end trucks are clean and the black frame is free of rust and oxidation
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 65.00Mon Nov 18 19:41:26 2013 Now available is the somewhat hard-to-find Gulf tank car. The tanker is complete and there is no damage to the body nor side walkways and the frame and AAR trucks are clean and complete.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$ 98.00Thu Mar 13 05:41:27 2014 Up for sale is a stunning Sunoco tank car. This is the version from the final year of Sunoco production as it has bar-end trucks with tab couplers. Even the original box is as beautiful as the freight car.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9$ 95.00Sat Feb 16 12:50:57 2013 Now available for sale is a near-new, probably test-run black Lionel Lines tanker that was only produced for a single year: 1959. The exterior black is in pristine condition and the side lettering is clean, crisp and not worn nor faded.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10$ 90.00Tue Apr 24 18:24:12 2012 Up for sale is a new, unrun, truly Mint orange Lionel Lines tanker from the mid-1960's. The exterior orange is vibrant and the side lettering is pristine and not worn nor faded.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$ 75.00Tue Jul 31 20:47:24 2012 Now available is the one-year only gray Gulf tank car from 1958. This exterior gray is in great condition and the blue lettering and graphics are crisp and clean. Even the frame is solid, clean and free of rust and oxidation.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$ 85.00Tue Apr 17 17:14:41 2012 Up for sale is the one-year only tank car from 1958. This is the gray version with blue lettering. The exterior is in superb condition and the frame and trucks are extremely clean.
Table generated at Sat Sep 20 15:59:21 2014 .

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