The Western Pacific Operating Box Car No. 3474 would be the last of the 9-1/4" cars of this type that would be issued. It was last produced in 1953 and this car was also available in 1952. Hereafter, Lionel would produce only the 10-1/2" operating box cars beginning with the No. 3484.
This car has a SILVER painted body that would be decaled with a large YELLOW feather and "Rides Like a Feather" in BLACK. With age the decal film has turned BROWN. This car has bar-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
As with almost all of the SILVER painted equipment, Lionel had problems with the fading of this paint. Today, a premium is paid for paint finishes that are bright and without blemish. There are no variations.