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6816 Flatcar w/ Tractor Dozer

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Production: 1959 & 1960

History
The 6816 Allis Chalmers tractor dozer flatcar is based upon a typical freight car seen on the rails in the United States throughout the 1950's. As American began to expand into a suburban America setting as well as west of the Mississippi River, manufacturer’s and large construction companies used the railroad to transport their heavy equipment to meet the economic expansion of the United States.

In their continued effort to remain current with the times, Lionel introduced several flatcars in 1959 and 1960 with construction-themed loads. They include:

  • 6816 Allis Chalmers Tractor Dozer
  • 6817 Allis Chalmers Motor Scraper
  • 6827 Harnischfeger Power Shovel
  • 6828 Harnischfeger Construction Crane

The 6816 tractor dozer load is extremely fragile and truly rare to find unbroken and in complete condition. Like most postwar flatcar loads, the flatcar is easy to locate, however the value with this freight car is with the tractor dozer.

Features
Standard features of this car include: unpainted red flatcar with white lettering, a brakewheel stand with metal brakewheel, corner footsteps, AAR trucks with operating couplers and a tractor dozer. There are a few unpainted black flatcars stamped 6816 -- these are scarce.

The tractor dozer scraper is molded in dark orange and has a rubber tread on each side -- exactly like its prototype. The tractor dozer is generally broken in one or several areas. Items commonly broken or repaired include:

  • Exhaust stack.
  • Air Cleaner.
  • Blade control hydraulic cylinders.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of this flatcar is approximately 11 1/4" long (coupler to coupler).

Red Flatcar - Shown in the photo above - The common version.
Black Flatcar - A scarce variation.

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