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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: March 4, 2021

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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.
51 Navy Yard
Switcher
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about a great-running Navy Yard Switcher from 1956.
3820 U.S.M.C. Flatcar
with
Submarine
Load:
Good

Car:
Good
Yes $ 95 Olive-drab painted flatcar with correct, gray, operating "U. S. NAVY 3830" submarine. This 1960-62 car has white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The sub has black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Flat: has a repaired step that was not done professionally but it will hold and that's about it for flaws! The car is very clean with vibrant paint and nice crisp lettering plus nice shiny truck rivets. Has the original wire retainer holding clips.
A "aerial" view of the sub and the car's decking.
Sub: missing the periscope and the clear Lionel identification plate. (Reproduction parts are available in the marketplace and are very inexpensive). There is also a piece of tape in the front that may be holding the bow. The sub is clean overall.

This hard-to-find car is one of the most desirable items from the "Space and Military Series." It came in the Land-Sea-And Air set as well as two other sets. The 3820 was never available for separate sale and a box does not exist for this piece.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 3820 USMC Flatcars & Subs.
Two different versions of the 6175 Flatcar with Rocket:
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.
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
VG

Car: E++
Yes $ 75 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) from 1958-61 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 & a reproduction elastic tie-down band.
Photo of the other side.
The center section of the rocket has a crack that was repaired; has no loss of plastic but is mildly distorted. In addition, a homemade sponge tip was installed. Even with the flaws, the rocket is presentable as it is fairly clean with gorgeous lettering -- and it is ORIGINAL!
An "aerial" view showing the car's decking.
The car is very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering and nice shiny truck rivets.
Two close-ups views of the rocket.

A sharp car with an original rocket.
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6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Load:
E++

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $285
SOLD
A unique piece of rolling stock from the "Space & Military" series -- an "Atomic Energy Disposal Car" from 1958-59: the unpainted red flatcar has 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.
Close-up of the lettering on one side of each of the canisters.
Has the ORIGINAL (gray) blinking canisters with heat-stamped lettering! The canisters are both completely intact and very clean with nice lettering.
Close-up of the lettering on the other side of each of the canisters.
The rails on the flat have some scuff marks but they are clean and shiny for the most part. The flat itself is very, very clean with crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view of the car and the tops of the canisters.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; glue residue; minor stains; puncture; writing; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square 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 lights and works perfectly!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6805 Atomic Waste Cars.
6809 Flatcar
with a
Marine Corps
Anti-aircraft
Truck

& a
U.S. NAVY
Medical Truck
Load:
E++

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $260 Red flatcar (mold #6511-2) with white heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks plus its correct, ORIGINAL load: a Marine Corps Anti-aircraft "Pyro" Truck and a U.S. NAVY "Pyro" Medical Truck. Has the original axle retainer.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light surface scratches on the car's decking and that's about it for flaws on the flat! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, shiny, rust-free truck rivets.
An "aerial" view.
Both vehicles have an unpainted gray plastic body with white heat-stamped lettering & logo and black plastic wheels.
Close-up of the vehicles.
Both vehicles have a few minor surface scratches and the Medical Van has the common box-rub scuffs on the top of the "box" and that's about it for flaws! Both vehicles are completely intact and very, very clean with nice graphics!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; glue residue). Despite the flaws, this box is still one of the nicer 6809 boxes we have ever had as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

We have had very few all-original, complete, boxed 6809s for sale over the years! This piece is sharp and it comes in a very presentable box!
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 two Rescue Cabooses from 1959-61 -- a high-quality, boxed one and an "operator's special!"

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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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