The Automatic Refrigerated Milk Car No. 3482 replaced the No. 3472 in the Lionel line in 1954, and was in production one additional year, until the release of the No. 3662 in 1955. There are several notable changes between this car and the previously available No. 3472. The most noticeable of these is the fact that the doors were made out of WHITE plastic instead of aluminum. Lionel also changed the operating mechanism to a pneumatic plunger, and the trucks are bar-end instead of staple-end.
The car came with six magnetic milk cans that were loaded manually through a hatch in the roof and were unloaded with the use of a No. 6019 or No. UCS track section on to the platform. Came with instruction sheet No. 3482-38 issued in 1954 that has BLACK ink on WHITE pager. We’ve shown this instruction sheet below.
There are two variations:
Variation A: Early 1954 issues still had the No. "3472" in small writting under the data to the right. This car is the more difficult variation to find.
Variation B: Has the correct number "3482" shown on the right.
Variation C: Same as Variation B except had the old unloading mechanism.