Flatcars

On the real railroads, the flatcar is arguably the most versatile freight car available. It is used to carry practically everything imaginable -- and even some unimaginable items!

Lionel carried this philosophy into its own line of trains. In the late 1940s, Lionel began producing prototypical flatcars with realistic loads. At first, the loads consisted of items such as: metal pipes, logs and automobiles. However, as the 1950s ended, the loads bordered the surreal. Things such as atomic waste containers, submarines and missiles were frequently seen on a Lionel Lines flatcar!

Click on any of the entries in the chart listed below. You'll be presented with detailed information on the specific item. Every listing contains specific product data with a brief history of the item and at least one photo. Whether doing some serious research on model trains or simply taking a stroll down memory lane, take your time as you absorb the pages that follow. Some of you will view the exact trains you had while growing up, some will recognize the trains your parents had, others will discover startling facts about the glory years of a company that has become a piece of Americana.

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Flatcars
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Item # YearsDescription
2411 1946 - 1948Flatcar with Pipes or Logs
2461 1947 & 1948Transformer Car
3349 1962 - 1965Turbo Missile Firing Car
3361-55 1955 - 1959Log Dump Car
3362 1961 - 1963 & 1969Helium Tank Dump Car
3409 1961 Flatcar with Helicopter
3419 1959 - 1965Flatcar with Helicopter
3451 1946 - 1948Operating Log Dump Car
3460 1955 - 1957Twin Piggy-Back Van Car
3461 1949 - 1955Operating Log Dump Car
3470 1962 - 1964Aerial Target Launching Car
3509 1961 & 1962Satellite Launching Car
3510 1962 Satellite Launching Car
3512 1959 & 1961Fireman and Ladder Car
3519 1961 - 1964Satellite Launching Car
3535 1960 & 1961Security Car with Searchlight
3540 1959 & 1960Radar Scanning Scope Car
3545 1961 & 1962TV Monitor Car
3830 1960 - 1963Flatcar with Submarine
6111 1955 - 1957Flatcar with Logs
6121 1955 - 1957Flatcar with Pipes
6151 1958 Flatcar with Range Patrol Truck
6175 1958 - 1961Flatcar with Rocket
6262 1956 & 1957Wheel Car
6264 1957 & 1958Lumber Car
6311 1955Flatcar with Pipes
6343 1961 - 1962Barrel Ramp Car
6361 1961 - 1966Timber Transport Flatcar
6362-55 1955 - 1957Railway Truck Car
6401 1965 Flatcar
6404 1961 Flatcar with Automobile
6406 1961 Flatcar with Automobile
6411 1948 - 1950Flatcar with Logs
6413 1962 & 1963Mercury Capsule Carrying Car
6414 1955 - 1966Automobile Carrier
6416 1961 - 1963Boat Transport Car
6418 1955 - 1957Machinery Car
6424 1956 - 1959Twin Automobile Carrier
6430 1956 - 1958Cooper-Jarret Van Car
6431 1966Flatcar with Vans and Tractor
6440 1961 - 1963Twin Piggy-Back Van Car
6461 1949 & 1950Transformer Car
6467 1956Miscellaneous Car
6469 1963Liquefied Gas Tank Car
6477 1957 & 1958Miscellaneous Car with Pipes
6500 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza Transport Car
6501 1962 & 1963Jet Motor Boat Transport Car
6502 1962 & 1963Steel Girder Transport Car
6511 1953 - 1956Flatcar with Pipes
6518 1956 - 1958Transformer Car
6519 1958 - 1961Allis Chalmers Condenser Car
6561 1953 - 1956Cable Reel Car
6630 1961Missile Launcher
6640 1960 Missile Launcher
6650 1959 - 1963Missile Launcher
6651 1964 Shell Launching Car
6660 1958 Boom Car
6670 1959 - 1960Derrick Car
6800 1957 - 1960Airplane Car
6801 1957 - 1960Boat Car
6802 1958 & 1959Flatcar with Girders
6803 1958 & 1959USMC Tank & Sound Truck Car
6805 1958 & 1959Atomic Energy Disposal Car
6812 1959 - 1961Track Maintenance Car
6816 1959 & 1960Tractor Dozer
6817 1959 & 1960Motor Scraper
6818 1958Transformer Car
6819 1959 & 1960Flatcar with Helicopter
6821 1959 & 1960Flatcar with Crates
6823 1959 & 1960Flatcar with IRBM Missiles
6825 1959 - 1962Flatcar with Arch Trestle
6830 1960 & 1961Flatcar with Submarine
6844 1959 & 1960Missile Carrying Flatcar


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