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6464-500 Timken


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Production:  1957 - 1959 & 1969

The 6464-500 Timken box car was one of only a select few 6464-style box cars having two independent production runs. The excellent graphics with a bright yellow exterior plus realistic markings on this car continue to make it a favorite of collectors and operators.

Lionel included the 6464-500 Timken box car in two outfits; the first an O gauge freight set in 1957 and the second being a Super-O freight set in 1958. This box car is not an easy car to acquire in collector condition as the yellow and white are prone to attracting dirt and smudges from handling. Clean cars with nice graphics remain in demand.

Most collector guides indicate the second production run was only for a single year: 1969. However, there are some 1968 Hagerstown boxes for the Timken, indicating the box car was produced in both 1968 & 1969. The Hagerstown box is a difficult box to locate.

The 6464-500 box car included the following standard features: yellow shell with a white stripe painted horizontally on each side, charcoal gray lettering, multi-block sliding doors plus a single brakewheel.

Most 6464-500s have bar-end trucks, including production from 1969. However, it appears that some portion -- or possibly all -- production from 1959 came with AAR trucks. The AAR truck version is difficult to locate.

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For the serious collector, there are several body mold variations on the 6464-500, some of which will command a significant premium. However, externally the graphics and lettering reminded the same on all versions. Additionally, the one-year-only Hagerstown box is hard to locate.

Bar-End Trucks - Shown in first photo above - The common version from 1957.
AAR Trucks - A very hard version to locate, assumed to be 1959 production.
Bar-end Trucks (Second photo above) - The 1969 version is an unpainted, slightly lighter yellow version compared to the Timken box car of the late 1950's.

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