Like the X3464 ATSF, this car was included in many sets, as well as being offered for separate sale from 1949 through 1952, making it common today. Using the same tooling as the 2454 series 9 1/4-inch boxcars, with only slight modifications to the frame, Lionel created this operating boxcar. Its body, usually molded of clear plastic, was painted tan, and the New York Central markings heat-stamped in white. Although X3464 did appear on the car, the most prominent number displayed was "159000". Attached to the operating mechanism was a blue rubber man with arms spread. When energized by the electromagnet of an uncoupling track, a spring-loaded plunger released a spring-loaded mechanism, pushing the door open and advancing the man to the doorway.

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