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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 18, 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.
3535 AEC
Security Car
E+++/OB Yes $185 Interesting piece from 1961 designed to serve as an end car (caboose) on a military train: essentially a black flatcar with a red cab (similar style to the 520 boxcab electric) plus a rotating searchlight and roof-mounted, twin anti-aircraft guns. Has white heat-stamped lettering on the cab and early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side showing the car in its "security mode" ready for action.
A very, very clean car with nice white lettering. The searchlight, guns and yoke are all original AND all tabs are intact on the cab! A sharp car -- it lights and the searchlight revolves properly.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; price sticker residue; tape inside; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
This car is from the "Space and Military Series" and was produced in 1960 and 1961 but the "Picture" box helps to date this one as a 1961 piece.
Photo of the front of the box.

The 3535 is a rather hard item to find intact. A perfect piece for a layout with a military theme!
Our Archives Page: more information on 3535 AEC Security Cars.
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
VG+

Car: E++
Yes $ 95 Black flatcar (mold #6424-11) from 1958 with the correct, original U S Navy rocket. Flat has white, heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Has the original rack and the original elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
The rocket has some stains and discoloration plus a homemade sponge tip was installed. Even with the flaws, the rocket is decent as it is fairly clean with gorgeous lettering plus there are no cracks-- and it is ORIGINAL!
An "aerial" view showing the rocket and the car's decking.
The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets.
Two close-ups views of the rocket.

A sharp car with a fairly nice original rocket.
6463 Rocket Fuel
Tank Car
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $175 The only tank car from the "Space and Military Series:" a 2-dome tank car painted snow white with red rubber-stamped lettering & graphics; the frame is painted black.
Photo of the other side.
It is the version from 1962 with middle AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
Just gorgeous! The car is very, very clean with beautiful lettering. The catwalks are completely intact with nothing broken and it has a nice rust-free frame.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

We have not had many 6463 tank cars for sale over the years and the box is rather scarce due to the fact that most of the 6463 tank cars came unboxed in sets and few were sold separately.
Our Archives Page: more information on 6463 Rocket Fuel Tank Cars.
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).
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.
(6824
-50)
First Aid
Medical Car
===> ===> ===> Another alternative for the end of your military train:
Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a good-looking and very uncommon caboose -- the Sears Rescue Caboose with a BLACK frame.

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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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