Production: 1946 - 1948
The 2458 Automobile boxcar was a carry-over tin-plate item from Lionel's prewar era -- specifically the prewar 2758 boxcar. Both the pre and postwar versions were advertised by Lionel as being 'designed from current automobile boxcar blueprints', with the obvious change in style being a boxcar with two sliding doors on each side.
The 2458 is a moderately common car. It was included in several sets as well as being available for separate sale. It's a realistic and detailed model of real-life boxcars designed to carry automobiles. Clean quality examples are difficult to find as they are easily dented or damaged.
The 2458 Pennsylvania included the following standard features: brown painted shell with white lettering, dual sliding doors on each side, staple-end trucks with two operating coil couplers plus a single brakewheel, separate metal side ladders and a simulated air reservoir attached to the frame.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Extra Rivet - The early production runs included an extra rivet below the number '8' in the 2458 which appears just to the left of the opening doors. This is a hard to find variation.
Without Extra Rivet - Shown in the photo above - The common version does not have the extra rivet just below the '8' in the 2458 appearing to the left of the doors.
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