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Lionel Electric Trains Identification Guide Sub-Title
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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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The Lionel Trains Hopper CarsLIONEL TRAINS HOPPER CARS

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Lionel Trains Lehigh Valley Maroon Type I Hopper Car

Although there were many prototype variants of this type of car, for some reason Lionel only issued two types of hopper cars during the post war period. The first, and smaller, two bin hopper began production in 1948, and Lionel would almost always use the Lehigh Valley road name on these cars that are known collectively as the 6456 Series. These cars were frequently found included in sets and were not nearly sold as often as separate sale items.

The second, and larger quad hopper, began production in 1954. This car was nicely detailed and offers an excellent addition to any collection.
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Below we’ve listed these cars by their series type:

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BB 6456 SERIES HOPPER CARS BB QUAD HOPPER CARS

At the bottom of this page are indexed those hopper cars that we’ve researched listed in Numerical order. If the car has no number refer to our No Number listing below.
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The Lionel Trains Hopper CarsTHE 6456 SERIES HOPPER CARS

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Lionel Trains Lehigh Valley Maroon Type I Hopper Car
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The Lionel Trains Hopper CarsThese Two Bin Hoppers Cars are among the most commonly found cars that were issued during the post war period. There were, however, quite a few rare variations that are listed among the six body types that were produced. Production spanned the years 1948 to 1969 — almost the entire post war era.
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With the production of the No. 6176 beginning in 1963, Lionel would issue these cars with a variety of body molds and a combination of trucks and couplers. However, most of these cars came with AAR trucks with one operating and one solid non-operating coupler. Lionel would apply suffixes to these cars to distinguish them apart in 1963 and 1964, however, for some reason in 1965 this practice was discontinued.
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By the mid 1960’s the production of the No. 6476 became confusing as Lionel, in fact often numbered these cars as "6076" and "6176," on the car sides and equipped these cars with various combinations of trucks and couplers. We’ve listed these cars in the table below with the suffix number that lionel used on the ends of the box.
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See the Numerical Index for additional details about the individual hopper cars in this series.


Lionel Trains Lehigh Valley Gray Type III Hopper Car

6456 Body Types
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Lionel 6456 Hopper Car Production Table

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The Lionel Quad Hopper CarsTHE LIONEL QUAD HOPPER CARS

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The Lionel Quad Hopper CarsQuad Hopper Cars were only produced in six different road markings. Some came with twelve roof covered hatches, while others were open with a brace to stabilize the side walls in the middle of the car. This brace was used in the prototype to prevent the sides from expanding due to the weight of the load, but Lionel used it to brace the sides from collapsing when handled by an over enthusiastic child.

The Lionel Alcoa Quad Hopper No. 6346

See the Numerical Index for additional details about the individual hopper cars in this series.


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Numerical List Title
BB 2456 (25000) Lehigh Valley Type I
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BB 6076 ATSF Type VI
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BB 6076 (25000) Lehigh Valley Type VI
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BB 6167-1967 1967 TTOS Convention Car
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BB 6176 (25000) Lehigh Valley LIGHT YELLOW/BLACK (B)
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BB 6176 (25000) Lehigh Valley LIGHT YELLOW/BLACK (C)
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BB 6176 (25000) Lehigh Valley YELLOW/BLACK (D)
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BB 6176 (25000) Lehigh Valley GRAY/BLACK (I)
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BB 6176 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (K)
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BB 6346 (634656) Alcoa Aluminum Quad
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BB 6436-1 (64361) Lehigh Valley Quad
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BB 6436-25 (643625) Lehigh Valley Quad
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BB 6436-110 (6436) Lehigh Valley Quad
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BB 6436-500 (643657) Lehigh Valley Quad (Girl's Set)
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BB 6436-1969 1969 TCA Convention Quad
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BB 6446 (546446) Norfolk & Western Quad
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BB 6446-25 (644625) Norfolk & Western Quad
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BB 6446-60 (6436) Lehigh Valley Covered Quad
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BB 6456 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (A)
BB 6456 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (B)
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BB 6456 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (C)
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BB 6456 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (E)
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BB 6456-10 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE
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BB 6456-25 (25000) Lehigh Valley GRAY/MAROON
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BB 6456-55 (25000) Lehigh Valley MAROON/WHITE (D)
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BB 6456-55 (25000) Lehigh Valley MAROON/WHITE (E)
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BB 6456-55 (25000) Lehigh Valley MAROON/WHITE (F)
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BB 6456-75 (25000) Lehigh Valley RED/YELLOW
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BB 6476 (25000) Lehigh Valley RED/WHITE (D)
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BB 6476-1 TTOS 1969 Convention Car
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BB 6476-9 (25000) Lehigh Valley RED/WHITE (E)
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BB 6476-60 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE (B)
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BB 6476-75 (25000) Lehigh Valley BLACK/WHITE
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BB 6476-135 (25000) Lehigh Valley YELLOW/BLACK
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BB 6536 Minneapolis & St. Louis Quad
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BB 6636 Alaska Railroad Quad
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BB 6736 Detroit & Mackinac Quad

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No Number List Title
We’ve listed these unnumbered cars by their color, type:

BB GRAY Plastic 6076 6076 Series Type VI Variation E
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BB TRANSLUCENT YELLOW Plastic 6176 6176 Series Type VI Variation G
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BB OLIVE DRAB Plastic 6176-100 6176 Series Type VI Variation H
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BB BLACK Plastic 6476-160 (25000) Lehigh Valley 6476 Series Type VI

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