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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: July 6, 2022

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This page contains our current inventory of cars that were part of the postwar Lionel "Space & Military" series. Included here are those specialized rolling stock items (both operating & non-operating AND both real & fictitious) that were created to stimulate the imaginations of children regarding space exploration and the needs of the armed forces of the United States. Note that military motive power is located on our Diesels, Electrics & Small Motorized Units web page, military-type cabooses are located on our Cabooses web page and space & military accessories are located on our Accessories web page.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Space & Military Cars
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
41 ============
United States
Army
Yard Switcher
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===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about a great-running U.S. Army Yard Switcher from 1956-57.
347 Cannon Firing Range Set ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about the RARE Cannon Firing Range Set from 1964 only.
3619 Helicopter
Reconnaissance
Car
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Load:
See Notes

Car:
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $375 A helicopter launching boxcar from 1962-64 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the car.
This colorful operating military boxcar is the harder-to-find DARK-yellow version and has red and black, heat-stamped lettering and middle AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The car can be operated manually or automatically using a remote control track section.
An "aerial" view.
ORIGINAL, black, 2-part roof -- with tabs intact -- and the correct original red helicopter.
Photo showing the inside of the car with the helicopter stored.
Car: very clean with crisp lettering and sharp graphics!
Photo of the car with roof open and in "launch mode."
Helicopter: one skid was repaired and is slightly warped (common) and that is about it for flaws! It is nice -- clean and ORIGINAL!
Two views of the helicopter.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; tape on the inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
Comes with the original instruction sheet #3619-8, dated 9/62.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

The instruction sheet describes the 3619 as "The secret weapon of tomorrow! This innocent-looking box car contains a flying helicopter which is launched by remote control whenever there is the need for aerial observation. The roofs of the car separate and the helicopter springs out to make a quick flight."

A sharp car in a very strong box! Only the second dark-yellow 3619 we have ever had and the first one was over eight years ago! The 3619 is not an easy item to find this nice!
3665 Minuteman
Boxcar
E++/OB Yes $ 185 The operating missile launching Strategic Air Command boxcar from 1961-64: unpainted white body with red and blue, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the car.
ORIGINAL, dark-blue, 2-part roof (all tabs intact) and the ORIGINAL, red, white and blue missile (rocket).
Photo of the other side with the roof open and the car in launch mode.
A great-looking car with minimal flaws: very, very clean with nice lettering and the mechanism does work!
Photo of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet (#3665-23, dated 6/61).
Photo of the rocket and the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (creases; tears; tape; price sticker residue). A couple of imperfections but this box is still solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A sharp car that offers some "play value" -- this car can be operated manually or automatically using a remote control track section.

Still not sure if you are going to like this car? A popular magazine rated the 3665 as one of the TOP 10 Postwar Lionel models from the Space & Military Line -- calling it ". . . a must for any space and military collection!" See page 47 of the March, 2014 issue of the magazine "Classic Toy Trains" for their complete review.
6651 U.S.M.C.
Shell

Launching Car
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $295 The shell launching Cannon Car -- an unusual item found only in uncatalogued sets (mostly purely military) in 1964 & 1965: this impressive-looking car was nicknamed "Big Bertha" by collectors. The frame is painted olive drab (on a red mold) and has white, heat-stamped lettering plus middle AAR trucks with operating couplers. The launcher assembly is molded in olive drab; comes with four reproduction shells.
Photo of the other side showing Big Bertha in action with a shell on the way to its target.
Usual tarnishing on the metal strip below the cannon plus some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering, nice shiny truck rivets and no rust on the metal parts -- plus it was NEVER USED!
Photo of the four shells and an "aerial" view of the car.

The menacing-looking 6651 only came in eight "promotional" outfits. It is a sharp-looking car and the firing mechanism works great!
6804 Empty Flatcar for:

the
U.S.M.C.
Antiaircraft
Truck

&
U.S.M.C.
Sound Truck
E+ Yes $ 45 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) with white lettering from 1958-59 for two Marine Corps vehicles. No load.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light surface scratches on the decking and that's about it for flaws! The car is nice: very, very clean with beautiful lettering & rust-free truck rivets. Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view.

Note: the even-numbered flats (6804, 6806, 6808) from the "Space & Military" Series are significantly harder to find as compared to the odd-numbered ones (6803, 6807, 6809).
6807 Flatcar
with:

U.S.M.C.
"Duck"
Load:
E++

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $195 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white lettering and AAR trucks plus its ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps amphibious "Pyro" DKW.
Photo of the other side.
The flat is spectacular -- very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and rust free truck rivets!
An "aerial" view.
The load is also very, very nice -- intact with no significant flaws plus it is very clean with nice graphics. Has repro elastic tie downs.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the tuck & a small piece of one end flap and that end is taped shut; tears; creases; mildly distorted). A very presentable box even with the flaws as it is fairly clean and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A very hard car to find this nice -- and with an original undamaged load! The box is even tougher to find!
6814 First Aid
Medical Car
===> ===> ===> Need something for the end of your military train?
Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a Rescue Cabooses from 1959-61.
Two different versions of the 6844 Flatcar with Missiles:
6844 Missile
Carrying Car
Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+
Yes $1,050
SOLD
One of the hardest postwar items to find: the 6844 flatcar from 1959-60 with a RED frame and a creamy-gray (tan-like) superstructure. Has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Comes with six original white missiles.
Photo of the other side.
The missiles have some scratches, burrs and dirt but they are ORIGINAL! The rivets for the superstructure have some burrs and rust; the rest of the car is very clean with nice lettering! Has the original rack with all pins intact!
Photo of the missiles and an "aerial" view of the car.

This is a RARE car that very few collectors have ever seen -- let alone possess one!
6844 Missile
Carrying Car
Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $225 A black flatcar with missiles from 1959-60: has a gray superstructure and white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version without lower frame rail extensions. Comes with six original white missiles.
Photo of the other side.
Car is very, very clean with gorgeous lettering and minimal flaws! Has the original rack with all pins intact!
Photo of the missiles and an "aerial" view of the car.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; punctures; panel partially separated; tape inside; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.

A scarce car with a very rare box! We have not had a 6844 for sale in over eight years! It is also only the second boxed 6844 we have ever had! Lionel created this car to serve as a companion car to the numerous missile launching cars in the "Space & Military" line. It is not an easy car to find this nice!
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The 1950's and 1960's were marked by the "race to space" and the creation of "world superpowers" -- specifically the United States and the Soviet Union.

Lionel created an extensive line of interesting pieces to keep pace with current events of that era: the world's desire for exploring outer space -- the "last frontier" -- and the need for strong national defense systems in light of the Cold War.

Any layout will be enhanced with either a space exploration theme or one involving the creation of an action-packed and patriotic operation involving Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps equipment.

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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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