6464-425 New Haven
Production: 1956 - 1958
The 6464-425 New Haven box car was the eighteenth 6464 series box car offered by Lionel. Production of these box cars allowed Lionel to market a realistic and almost scale-like box car never previously seen in the Lionel family. The 6464-style box cars were an immediate success and remained in the Lionel catalogue up until their final year of postwar production, 1969. Even today, all 6464-style box cars remain a favorite of collectors and operators.
The 6464-425 was included in several sets as well as being available for separate sale. Its plain black exterior with white lettering and bright orange door makes this a plain, yet somewhat attractive box car.
There is some confusion regarding production dates of this car. Experienced collectors believe Lionel produced this car only from 1956 to 1958. The confusion arises because of the availability of a 6464-425 Hagerstown Box -- circa 1968 or 1969. In reality, the 6464-425 Hagerstown box was produced in 1968 or 1969 but included the black version of the 6464-725 New Haven box car.
The 6464-425 box car included the following standard features: painted or unpainted black body, white lettering, orange sliding doors, two operating couplers plus a single brakewheel.
For 1956 and part of 1957, bar-end trucks were standard. However, beginning sometime in 1957, the trucks switched to the AAR style.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The authors of this web site believed the half-serif N version -- meaning the shape of the top right portion of the letter N located to the left of the door -- is assumed to have been produced prior to the full-serif version. The half-serif version usually contains bar-end trucks while the full serif version can be found with either bar-end or AAR trucks.
The length of the 6464 style box car is approximately 10 1/2" long (coupler to coupler).
Half-Serif 'N' - Shown in the photo above - Assumed to be from 1956 only and is almost always found with bar-end trucks.
Full-Serif 'N' - Assumed to be 1957 and 1958 production. It is usually found with AAR trucks, but bar-end trucks do occassionally surface on this version.
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