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Madison Car with Operating Man
Madison Hardware Madison Cars Lettered “PENNSYLVANIA”
No. 2429 Livingston Passenger Car with Red Letters & Red Stripe
No. 2429 Livingston Passenger Car with Black Letters & Red Stripe
6121 Sheet Metal Flat with decaled “LIONEL” in black
No. 6464 – 400 Type IIb BLT 5 – 54 with orange round decal without white
No. 6464 – 900 WITH RED BRAKE WHEEL ?
A Different Smoking Caboose


In the photograph above of the Lionel show room layout just to the right of the turntable there is a white switcher shown which collectors refer to as the “PHANTOM SWITCHER”. The original “Phantom” loco has never surfaced. The one shown below is something to think about.

Courtesy of “The MacNair Collection”

Madison Car with Operating Man

The following heavy weight passenger car with added features is summited by Russ McNair.

I call it the “Mystery Madison Man”.  I picked this car up at York some years ago.  Since that time I have shared it with a number of serious postwar collectors.  So far, no one has been able to come up with a reasonable explanation for its existence.

                The way it works is that when you push the unload button on a RCS or UCS track, the conductor emerges from the vestibule door.  The door is not hinged like normal Madison Car doors, but slides sideways into the car.  The action is achieved by the use of a solenoid that is similar to the solenoid on an early milk car.  The door and solenoid mechanism are housed in a metal enclosure that fits into the car.  The inside of the car had to be modified to accommodate the housing.  The figure is similar to a Walters figure of the period.  Note the unique truck and pick-up under the operating door.

Everything looks very professional.

                Here is the mystery:

                                Was this car created by a very talented model hobbyist?
                                Was is offered as an aftermarket kit by some manufacturer?
                                Was someone at Lionel just playing around experimenting with a possible future product?
I would welcome any ideas. Russ



Madison Hardware Madison Cars Lettered “PENNSYLVANIA”

2625 Side 1

2625 Side 2

2627 Side 1

2627 Side 2

2628 Side 1

2628 Side 2

These are Postwar Madison cars re-lettered by Madison Hardware and sold in the store and by Mail-Order.
courtesy of the Tom Dennison collection

No. 2429 Livingston Passenger Car with Red Letters & Red Stripe

Possible Dealer Replacement Shell

Courtesy of the Leverich Collection

No. 2429 Livingston Passenger Car with Red Letters & Red Stripe

Side 1

Side 2

Courtesy of the Worner Collection

6121 Sheet Metal Flat with decaled “LIONEL” in black

No numbered car painted light gray
2 Inch long “LIONEL” decaled in BLACK Serif letters on sides
(all Gray 6111/6121 had WHITE letters
Blackened steel supports
Bar end magnetic trucks riveted to frame
Load is three pipes


Closeups of side lettering
Note the decals edges

Top View

Bottom view
Note “THE LIONEL CORPORATION” & data stamped into the sheet metal

No. 6464 – 400 Type IIb BLT 5 – 54 with orange round decal without white

  Here are photos of my 6464-400 Type IIb BLT 5-54 where the round decal has no white … all orange instead.  The  exterior shows a very dark navy blue unpainted plastic.  Could this have been caused by some environmental factors?  And yet the white lettering is still bright white. The round decal does not have the normal white ring and central white shape; instead the decal is all orange.

Have other collectors reported these?  If environmental factors turned the shell to dark navy, and turned the white on the decal to orange (without affecting the bright white lettering), what could those environmental factors be?

Gerry Worner 

No. 6464 – 900 WITH RED BRAKE WHEEL ?

Here is a photo of my 6464-900 Type IV, with a metal brake wheel, painted red, attached with a normal black brake wheel stud.  Other collectors report having seen these red brake wheels rarely, on 6464-900s.

Did Lionel use red brake wheels on any other rolling stock?  How did these come to be used on some 6464-900s?

Gerry Worner


Before the No. 3456 N & W OPERATING HOPPER was ready Lionel used what was available to create an operating hopper for experimentation and for artist models, as seen above in the catalog illustration. H0151

all parts are from LIONEL production, the hatch covers, base plate and plunger

Here is a different smoking caboose, clearly custom made

Note the hole through the smoke stack

Note modification to the bottom

Apparently the smoke unit was installed in the clear window shell
Courtesy of the “Rindone Collection”


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