The 6346 Alcoa Aluminum is a one year only item from 1956. It is also one of a few covered hoppers produced by Lionel. Being a one-year-only item, a covered hopper and having a silver painted body which has generally tarnished with age, this is a hard item to locate in collectable condition.
Standard features on the 6436 hopper include: silver painted body, blue lettering, bar-end ] trucks with two operating couplers, brakewheel, plus a stick-on Alcoa Aluminum emblem on each side. There are no spreader bar holes on this hopper. The actual number printed on the side of the hopper is '643656'.
The cover for the hopper is also painted silver to match the hopper. It contains 12 opening hatches. These hatch lids are fragile and prone to damage or breakage.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Blue Lettering - Shown in the photo above - The common version.
Red Lettering - There reportedly is a red lettered version. If so, it would be a rare item.
Black Lettering - There reportedly is a black lettered version. If so, it would be a rare item.
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