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I think it was from my 1959 NP GP set. The aquarium car was great. Noisy but great. It amazed me how the fish would wiggle. Also, IT LIGHTED UP!!  
From the same set was the fire/ladder car. A close second.
I’ve had other fun cars, but those two being from my original set makes  them my favorites.  In fact,  I like that set so much that I bought the post-war celebration set as well (even though I still have my original one).
Alan

Lionelski, great Question, great topic, I love the 3461 flat operating log cars, the 3469 coal dump cars, the Evans 6414 shape auto loader cars, the 16 inch center flat cars with the girder bridge loads, the operating barrel car, and yes the aquarium cars, all add interest to our great hobby. Lionel has hit a lot of home runs over the years with their creativity offering automated freight and passenger cars. For the 2021 volume 2 catalog, there’s an operating hobo car with sounds, Wow. Your auto carrier train looks great on your cool layout. Happy Railroading Everyone.  ( oh yes, that’s a beautiful FM Lackawanna pulling the train)

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Postwar is one of the main eras of Lionel I collect, and after 9 years of collecting O scale I definitely have some favorites to list. One of them is the N5c caboose, mainly the PRR 6417. I don't have the version that is missing the "NEW YORK ZONE" lettering, but it's still one of my favorite cabooses from the Postwar era. In fact, I think the N5c is one of my favorite cabooses of all time. I currently own 6 or 7 of them across a few different manufacturers.

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@Don Winslow posted:

That's what I thought John - but my wife is very supportive of my hobbies, so who's complaining?

Don't forget the postwar cabooses - here's one of my favorites!

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Nice Don. My first set of trains (circa 1962) had some of the military cars which were popular at the time. Honestly, I never liked them, but I still love the work caboose which came with my set - a Santa Fe 6130. This is a stock picture since mine is packed away somewhere in the basement (appropriately on Super-O track which came with my set).

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I agree regarding the auto-loaders ( with some interesting variations) and the work cabooses. I would have to add in the flat cars with vans and both the small and large hoppers. And cabooses. And the flats with the military loads or the few construction vehicles.  BUT-NEVER in my life would I have guessed that over 20 replies about our most favorite PW freight cars would not include votes for the king of them all-the 6464 box cars !! What have we all come to ??    ;o(      turtle7

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I agree regarding the auto-loaders ( with some interesting variations) and the work cabooses. I would have to add in the flat cars with vans and both the small and large hoppers. And cabooses. And the flats with the military loads or the few construction vehicles.  BUT-NEVER in my life would I have guessed that over 20 replies about our most favorite PW freight cars would not include votes for the king of them all-the 6464 box cars !! What have we all come to ??    ;o(      turtle7

6464's are some of my fav's too turtle7.

Here is about half of my PostWar accumulation of these

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I've also gone crazy with modern era "Mint" (bullion" cars. I ran a train of 17 of them not too long ago - the modern trucks and light weight made this possible. Again, this is about half of my accumulation of these

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Lionelski, I’ve been kicking around for a while collecting the gold bullion cars, your collection is very impressive. I’d love to have a list of the ones you have. That would really help me get started with that collection. My email is in my profile if you happen to have that available. Thank you,  Joel

no problem if you don’t have it.

@JDFonz posted:

Lionelski, I’ve been kicking around for a while collecting the gold bullion cars, your collection is very impressive. I’d love to have a list of the ones you have. That would really help me get started with that collection. My email is in my profile if you happen to have that available. Thank you,  Joel

no problem if you don’t have it.

I'll copy it off f my inventory lists and email it in a minute JDFonz.

Be careful - they are addictive and Lionel makes more every year. I only now buy those with real road names.

Don't forget there are also what I call "display" cars ("Mint" car window bodies with objects inside such as smoke pellets, King Tut, etc) AND the motorized "display" cars such as the Aquarium cars.

Lionel has truly made the most of these body molds

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