Lionel used the shorty gondolas in the cheaper 0-27 line and
kept the longer style in production to use in the "O" and Super"O"
line. In this final Part IV we look at the 11 1/2" NYC gondolas
that appeared after the glorious 1950s.
The Yellow Alaska #6162 was shown in Part II. Now let's look
at a few other #6162s, one of which is very hard to find; almost
a legitimate "RARE."
The blue #6162 is easy to find but the true collector will search
for at least three different color variations. It comes with,
and without, the built-date.
In addition, the #6162 was produced in an aqua shade that many
might assume is simply a regular blue car that has seen too much
sun. Finally, the #6162 can be found in red, but you have to look
very hard to find one. It is, possibly, the only Lionel gondola
that can be called "rare."
I must digress back to 1957 for the next gondola. It was the well-known
year when Lionel Super "O" was introduced and girls were treated
to a pastel train. The #6462 pink gondola adds a whimsical touch
to the collection. There is no shortage of these cars on the market;
the trick is to obtain one by itself.
The final gondolas in this series changed numbers once again to
#6562. These are premium pieces and often overlooked hiding among
the more numerous #6462s. They come in gray with red letters and
gray with maroon letters.
The #6562 was also produced in red and, once in a while, in black.
This final black NYC gondola can be hard to find, but it is not
at all rare.
I mentioned the #6342 Culvert gondola in Part II. The second
"operating" gondola made by Lionel is the #3444 ERIE with a Railroad
Cop that chases a Hobo around and around. This is one Lionel operating
car that seems to work effortlessly time after time. Those "vibrator"
motors weren't all bad!
In the Epilogue to follow, I will reveal the one gondola that
belongs in this series and which I forgot to take a photograph.
I will also discuss the operating barrel cars #3562-xx which,
when you think about it, are also gondolas. Anybody have a WHITE
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