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6464-275 State of Maine

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Production:  1955 - 1959

History
The 6464-275 State of Maine box car was introduced in 1955. It's a colorful box car and is sometimes confused with Lionel's U.S. Post Office car. The red, white and blue colors continue to make this an attractive car for both the operators and collectors.

A year after the 6464-275 was introduced, Lionel created an operating version of the State of Maine box car. The operating version is 3494-275 and has the same appeal to the operators and collectors.

Features
The 6464-275 box car included the following standard features: painted white red or blue side stripes on the shell (depending upon the mold color of the box car), black lettering, multi-block sliding doors (also painted red, white and blue), operating couplers plus a single brakewheel.

The box car was originally produced with bar-end trucks. When it was re-issued in 1957, AAR trucks became the standard truck for the box car.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The very earliest production run in 1955 had a solid red door -- which are quite.

Red, White & Blue Doors - Shown in the photo above - The common variation.
Solid Red Doors - A rare variation produced in early 1955 which always included bar-end trucks.

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