Lionel # 397 Coal Loader & 456 Coal Ramp
A Lionel # 397 Coal Loader is next to the track, while a # 456 Operating Coal Ramp is just behind it. A special Lionel # 3456 operating hopper carrying a coal load can be backed onto the ramp. By pressing a button, the coal exits the bottom of the hopper and drops down into the dark red tray. The coal is then emptied into the bright red Coal Loader tray via a trap door in the bottom of the dark red tray. When commanded, the coal moves up the Coal Loader conveyor belt and falls into a waiting hopper car.