Production: 1961 - 1963
The 6440 is a low cost version of the 6430 Cooper-Jarrett Van car originally produced in the late 1950's. Although operators prefer the 6430, collectors pursue the 6440 as it is much harder to locate compared to the 6430.
Lionel included the 6440 in three sets during its production cycle. For 1961 and 1962, Lionel used the powerful 736 as the lead steamer in a pair of freight sets that included this flatcar with vans. For 1963, the 6440 was demoted to a single 027 gauge freight set lead by a 2037 Prairie steamer.
Standard features of the 6440 include: unpainted red flatcar with white lettering, AAR trucks, two operating couplers plus a brakewheel stand and four corner footsteps.
The Twin Piggy-Back Van car always included two gray vans. The vans were void of any exterior roadname of identification markings. Additionally, the vans were always the variety with a single rear axle with a single rubber tire on each end of the axle. Unlike the 6430, the center metal rack used to hold the vans in place was not included on this flatcar.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of this flatcar is approximately 11 1/4" long (coupler to coupler).
Only Known Variation - Shown in first photo above - All are unpainted red flatcars with plain gray vans having a single rear axle.