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3474 Western Pacific

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Production: 1952 & 1953

History
The 3474 Western Pacific operating box car is one of the last short style operating box cars produced by Lionel. Following the 3474 -- and subsequent 3482 milk car -- all operating box cars used the larger '6464' design.

The 3474 is an attractive and realistic car when compared to its real-life counterpart. However, a frequent problem of this car is the durability of the silver paint as well as the side decals. Quite often, both the paint and decals have deteriorated with age and handling. Even casual handling of this car has not been kind to the exterior decoration. Locating a clean 3474 with a vibrant silver exterior and intact decals is difficult.

Features
Standard features of the 3474 box car include: silver painted body and doors, a large Western Pacific decal on each side, operating plunger mechanism which operated one door, simulated man inside of the car plus bar-end trucks and a brakewheel. These features remained unchanged for its brief two-year production period.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - All 3474's are painted silver.

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