Lionel Electric Trains Identification Guide Sub-Title
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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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Lionel Trains Transformer Depressed Center Flat Car No. 2461LIONEL TRAINS TRANSFORMER DEPRESSED CENTER FLAT CAR No. 6461

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Top View of No. 6461
No. 6461 Box End

Lionel Trains Transformer Depressed Center Flat Car No. 2461The Transformer Car No. 6461 was cataloged in 1949 and 1950 and replaced the No. 2461. However, unlike its predecessor, this car came with magnetic instead of electronic coil couplers. This car came with a BLACK transformer. The transformer was decaled at the top with "Transformer" and an "L" in a circle on one side only. This decal is shown to the right and it is often missing.

Close-up view of the Transformer decal

The car is die-cast metal and uses Type 4 or Type 5a trucks. The four steps at the car corners, and the two brake wheels are often broken or missing, as are the insulators at the top of the transformer. Reproduction transformers are available, but their insulators are a semi-translucent in color and are more flexible than the originals. Collectors should examine the insulators before purchasing this car. There are two variations:
Variation A: Is equipped with Type 4 trucks.
Variation B: Is equipped with Type 5a trucks.

Depressed Center Transformer Flat Car No. 6461 A Variation
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