Lionel pw-3854

AUTOMATIC MERCHANDISE CAR

 

Built 1946-47. One of the first operating cars in the Postwar era was this car. It is based on a scale Pre-War car - the No. 714 that was built from 1940-42. It has a bakelite body that was painted brown. This paint commonly flakes with age similar to the No. 2625-series Irvington passenger cars. All of the markings are heat stamped in white. The door came in both black and brown - the brown being the rarer version of the two. The "cubes" are dropped in the roof hatch and can be ejected while over a UCS track. This car is 11" long, which required Lionel to mount two pickup shoes on each truck because of this car's unusual length (a UCS track section is only 10" long). The "cubes" came in red, brown, and black and are stamped "BABY RUTH," - only original o nes have this stamping. It rides on staple-end trucks with coil couplers on both ends. This car is a very rare car and is difficult to find complete with original cubes.

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