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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 26, 2023

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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
59 Minuteman
Switcher
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about the last "baby diesel" switcher made in the postwar era -- the very scarce U.S. Air Force Minuteman sold in 1962 & 1963 -- and the first boxed one we have ever had!
943 Ammo Dump ===> ===> ===> Have a layout with a military theme and need some excitement? Click here to go to our Accessories Page to read about the clever Exploding Ammo Dump (complete and boxed) from 1959-61.
3409 Helicopter Launching
Car
Car:
E+

Load:
Ex.
Yes $195
SOLD
A hard-to-find piece from 1961 only: an unpainted light-blue flatcar and the correct, ORIGINAL (Type II) Navy helicopter.
Photo of the other side.
Car: white heat-stamped lettering and fixed coupler arch-bar trucks plus a manual launching mechanism.
An "aerial" view of both the car and the helicopter.
The truck rivets were replaced on the flat and that's about it for flaws: it is all intact and very clean with crisp lettering plus the launching mechanism is rust free and it works perfectly!

Photo of the helicopter.
The tail section is mildly distorted but that is it for flaws! This single-bladed helicopter has heat-stamped "NAVY" markings and it is all original and very, very clean with a very clear windshield.
Close-up of the helicopter's tail and lettering.
The tail has the "BLT by LIONEL" stamping.

Photo of the front and back of the instruction sheet.
Has the correct original (and extremely hard-to-find) instruction sheet #3409-10 dated 5/61 (creased and a little wrinkled).
Photo of the inside pages of the instruction sheet.

Only the third 3409 we have ever had for sale! It is also one of the few cases where the car is harder to find than an original and intact load.

Note that this piece only came in a few uncatalogued sets and is a fairly scarce car. No original box exists for this 1-year only item.
3410 Helicopter Launching
Car
Car: E-

Load: E++
Yes $235
SOLD
A scarce piece from 1962-63: the light-blue flatcar with white lettering and the correct, undecorated, unpainted-yellow, ORIGINAL (Type VII) helicopter. Flat has early AAR trucks with two operating couplers plus a manual launching mechanism.
Photo of the other side.
The "410" on one side is weak and that's it for flaws! The car is all intact and very, very clean with nice, shiny (rust-free) truck rivets!
An "aerial" view of both the car and the helicopter.
Minimal flaws on the helicopter! It is completely intact and very, very clean with a nice clear windshield! It is one of the nicest original helicopters we have ever had!
Photo of the helicopter.
The helicopter tail support is original and the launching mechanism works perfectly!
Close-up of the LIONEL identification on the helicopter's tail.

Only the second 3410 we have ever had available for sale! This item only came in a few catalogued (lower-priced) sets and was not available as a separate sale item. It does not show up in the marketplace very often!
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.
6017
(-60)
**************
United States
Marine Corps Caboose
===> ===> ===> Need something to bring up the rear of your military train?

Click here to go to our Caboose Page . . .
. . . to read about a sharp U.S.M.C. caboose from 1958 that was NEVER USED!
6017
(-200)
U. S. Navy
Caboose
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a gorgeous Navy caboose from 1960 only.
(6167-175) Unmarked
Olive Drab
Caboose
===> ===> ===> Need something to bring up the rear of your olive drab military train?

Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a RARE unmarked olive drab SP-type caboose from 1964.
6448 Target Range
Car
E+/OB Yes $ 95 A boxcar with some real "play value" -- an Exploding Boxcar from 1961-64: version with red roof & red ends plus white sides with red lettering. Version without slots in the body sides. Has early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the "TARGET" side.
Minimal flaws; the car is very clean with near-perfect lettering and all tabs intact! Original pin; reproduction stopper.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.
Has the original instruction sheet #6448-14 dated 3-61 tears, creases, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Designed to work with the missile firing cars -- the internal mechanism is similar to that of an old-fashioned mousetrap. This 6448 Target Car is sharp -- and it is in a very presentable box! The white-sided version is somewhat harder to find as compared to the version with red sides. It has been years since we have had a white 6448 in collector-quality condition!
6463 Rocket Fuel
Tank Car
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E++
Un-run
======
Yes $125 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.
Has a little paint loss on the metal frame on one side and some tiny rub marks on the frame on the other side and that's it for flaws! 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.

A high-quality piece -- one of the nicest 6463 Tank Cars we have ever had! Note that while some 6463 Tank cars were sold separately in component boxes, most came unboxed in sets.
Our Archives Page: more information on 6463 Rocket Fuel Tank Cars.
6651 U.S.M.C.
Shell

Launching Car
======
E++
Un-run
======
Yes $265 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 $ 35 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) with white, heat-stamped 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).
6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Load:
E+

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $225
SOLD
A unique piece of rolling stock from the "Space & Military" series -- the "Radioactive Waste Car" from 1958-59: unpainted red flatcar with two simulated concrete containers used by atomic research installations.
Photo of the other side of the car.
The flat has two silver metal rails plus white heat-stamped lettering and metal, bar-end trucks with tab couplers.
Photo of the tops of the canisters and an "aerial" view of the car's decking.
The rails are a little tarnished but they are clean and not rusty; the flat is completely intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering.
Close-up of the lettering on one side of the canisters.
Has the ORIGINAL blinking canisters with heat-stamped lettering! The canisters look like they came from two different lots as the lettering and color are not an exact match. However, they are both completely intact and very clean with strong lettering with only a few paint chips on the handles of one of them.
Close-up of the opposite side's lettering on the canisters.
Has the original instruction sheet #6805-22, dated 8/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; scrapes; some dirt; mildly distorted; tape inside; "aged" look). A very presentable box: fairly clean and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

When power is applied to the track, a light in each container glows through a red housing, thus emitting the glow of a nuclear reaction. The ominous-looking 6805 always adds interest to a layout and this car works perfectly!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6805 Atomic Waste Cars.
6819 Flatcar with Helicopter Load:
See Notes

Car:
E+++
OB
Yes $160
On
HOLD
Red flatcar with correct (original), non-operating helicopter. Version from 1960 with a type IV helicopter with no decoration.
Photo of the other side.
Flat (mold #6424-11) has early AAR trucks and white lettering and is the version without frame rail extensions.
Two close-ups of the helicopter.
The helicopter has a reproduction tail section and that's it for flaws! The skids are intact and helicopter is very, very clean with a nice, clear windshield. Has the original elastic tie-down band. The flat is gorgeous: all intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust free truck rivets!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking and the top of the helicopter.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; "dig" marks; panel partially separated; amateur repairs with lots of tape inside; "period" price stamping).
Another view of the box.
The box has some flaws but it is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front panel.

Check your collection! The car is hard to find, the helicopter is hard to find and the box is hard to find. This is the only boxed 6819 we have ever had for sale!
(6824
-50)
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 gorgeous and very uncommon caboose from 1964-65 -- 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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