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3462 Refrigerator Milk Car

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Production:  1947 & 1948

History
With the introduction of the 3462 in 1947, Lionel began producing their most popular trackside accessory during the entire postwar era -- the Automatic Refrigerated Milk Car. Originally introduced as the 3462 -- and later updated to the 3472 and 3482 -- this popular accessory sold more than 10 million items between 1947 and 1955 (the final year for the 3482).

The 3462 Automated Refrigerator Milk Car consisted of two components -- a 3462 operating milk car and a delivery stand. To this day the operating milk car remains a popular accessory as it is a reliable accessory and only occassionally needing a cleaning or minor adjustment.

Features
Standard features of the 3462 Automated Refrigerated Milk Car set include:

  • 3462 Milk Car - The milk car has either a cream or white body with black lettering, staple-end metal trucks, operating couplers, single metal brakewheel, metal footsteps at each corner, opening aluminum doors on each side plus aluminum milk cans with magnets mounted on the bottom. Located inside the car is a simulated delivery man -- usually off-white or cream in color. Loading the milk cans into the car is done through a small hatch located on one end of the milk car roof.
  • Milk Stand - Green painted base with a white stand and an adjustable metal tray. The stand is a stationary item and non-operational.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - All milk cars are white or cream body with black lettering.

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