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3459 Lionel Lines


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Production:  1946 - 1948

The 3459 was Lionel's first new-style coal dump car (also known as the automatic ore dump car) of the postwar era. It's modern appearance was in stark contrast to the primitive-looking 3559, which was a carry-over design from the prewar era. The 3459 was based on a prototype dump car of an eastern United States railroad.

The 3459 is a versatile freight car. It can operate with any of several Lionel coal-related accessories. It is not as common as the 3469 which was introduced in 1949, but remains a sturdy and reliable operating car.

Standard features of the 3459 include: two operating coil-type couplers on staple-end trucks, operating tray plus a brakewheel and platform at each end.

Production of the 3459 lasted for three years. During that time there were three color variations. The most common is a black painted tray. However, painted green and unpainted aluminum trays also exist.

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Painted Black with White Lettering - Shown in first photo above - The most common version.

Painted Green with White Lettering (Second photo above) - Much harder to find than the black version, especially in collector quality condition.

Unpainted Aluminum with Blue Lettering (Third photo above) - Extremely difficult to locate, a rare variation. Believed to have been produced for only a portion of the 1946 production cycle.

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