Production: 1950 - 1953
The 6656 Stock car was introduced in 1950 using materials readily available within Lionel which resulted in a less expensive, non-operating version of the infamous 3656 operating stock car. It's a nice looking freight car and is a good representation of the real stock cars of the 1950's.
Standard features of the 6656 Stock Car include: yellow painted body with black lettering, staple-end trucks with operating couplers, metal corner steps on the frame, die-cast sliding doors, metal door guides plus a single brakewheel.
The 6656 incurred the following changes:
- 1950 - Introduced as listed above.
- Circa 1950 - Corner metal footsteps were eliminated.
- 1952 - Bar-end trucks replaced staple-end trucks.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The 6656 box car was manufactured for four years. During that time the most notable change was the exterior color. Both light yellow and dark yellow bodies are available throughout most of the production run. The light yellow is believed to be the earliest production while dark yellow are later production. In either case the yellow paint has a tendency to easily chip. Collector quality cars with nice paint and few chips are getting increasingly more difficult to locate.
There is an early version with an 'ARMOUR' sticker on the doors. This is a rare variation.
Light Yellow, ARMOUR sticker - (Third photo above) - A rare version to locate from early 1950.
Light Yellow, no sticker - Shown in first photo above - Generally believe to be the early production color, but the exact dates remain unknown.
Dark Yellow (Second photo above) - Believed to be the later production color, but the exact dates remain unknown.