Prototype for the Lionel 6464 boxcar?

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Prototype for the Lionel 6464 boxcar?
Posted by BroadwayPhil on Thursday, December 5, 2013 5:48 PM

I am working on "fantasy" paint schemes for a "Lionel Lines" 6464 boxcar in N scale.  As near as I can tell, all actual 6464 boxcars are painted for real railroads except the Timken car (Timken made, and still makes, roller bearings used by railroads) and the 6464-2000 anniversary car, which is lettered for Lionel Corporation, not Lionel Lines.

However, it is the car itself that I am interested in.  As Lionel often copied or modified actual prototypes (the Evans auto-loader, for instance, is modified from a one-off car built by Evans for the New York Central), I was wondering if the 6464 is based on a particular boxcar design.

I have looked at photos but cannot decide if it is based on the Pullman-Standard PS-1 or the AAR 40-ft steel boxcar as built by other manufacturers (e.g. Bethlehem Steel).  Both kinds would have been very common in New Jersey and familiar to Lionel's designers.

Any help would be appreciated.



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