6024 Box Car
Production: 1957 & 1958
The 6024 short box car of 1957 and 1958 was another example where Lionel advertised multiple products using a single freight car number. For this box car, both Shredded Wheat and RCA Whirlpool shared the same 6024 product number.
Experienced collectors believe the Shredded Wheat box car was produced in 1957 and sold in a Late Classic box. On the other hand, the RCA Whirlpool box car was an uncatalogued box car produced in 1958 and sold in a Bold Classic box. The RCA version is significantly harder to locate compared to the Shredded Wheat car.
Standard features of the 6024 are minimal and include: unpainted orange body with black lettering (Shredded Wheat car) or unpainted red body with white lettering (RCA Whirlpool car), non-opening doors on each side and two operating couplers.
The Shredded Wheat car came with either bar-end or AAR operating couplers while the RCA Whirlpool car came with AAR trucks and operating couplers.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Shredded Wheat - Shown in the photo above - The photo depicts the later production run with AAR trucks.
RCA Whirlpool - Assumed to be an uncatalogued 1958 production item only.
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