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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: January 30, 2017

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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
57 AEC
Switcher
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Diesels, Electrics & Motorized Units Page to read about the rarest of the regular production switchers: a nice, boxed Atomic Energy Commission Switcher from 1959-60.
6017
(-200)
U. S. Navy
Caboose
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Caboose Page to read about a nice Navy caboose from 1960 only.
Two different versions of the 6175 Flatcar with Rocket:
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
E+

Car: E++

OB
Yes $110 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 glue residue and a homemade sponge tip was installed. It is one of the nicest original rockets we have ever had as it is 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.
A close-up of the lettering on the rocket.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (missing both interior coupler flaps; one non-original inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes from tape removal; somewhat distorted; lots of tape; some stains). The box is so-so but it does have both end flaps and it is sturdy; it will protect the car in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.
The car was also sold from 1959-1961 but this "Classic" box dates the item as a 1958 piece.

A sharp car with a nice-looking original rocket.
6175 Flatcar with
Rocket
Load:
VG

Car: E++
Yes $ 80 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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(6176-100) Unmarked
Olive-drab Hopper
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Ex.
Un-run
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Yes $185 An uncatalogued "Space & Military" item from 1964 & 1965: an unmarked "type VI" short hopper in olive drab. No numbers appear on the car but it was catalogued by Lionel as "6176-100" in their service manuals. Has one early AAR truck with one operating coupler and one late AAR truck with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches (mostly on one same side). It is very clean overall with no cracks or missing plastic and it was NEVER RUN!
An "aerial" view.
Very hard car to find as are all of the olive-drab items! The 6176-100 hopper was only found in a few uncatalogued sets! Note that Lionel never made a box for this piece.
6448 Target Range
Car
E++/OB Yes $ 50 A boxcar with some real "play value" -- an Exploding Boxcar from 1961-64: has a red roof & red ends plus red sides with white lettering. Version without slots in the body sides. Has early AAR trucks with operating couplers.
Photo of the "DANGER" side.
Minimal flaws: the car is very, very clean with crisp lettering and all tabs are intact -- plus the mechanism works fine! Has a repro pin and stopper.
Photo of the roof.
Note: this may not be a legitimate variation as the guidebooks indicate that the 6448 should either have a red roof and red ends plus white sides with red lettering or a white roof & white ends plus red sides with white lettering. However, the books also concede that the parts are interchangeable so that many variations do exist. In any case, this is the way the car came to us.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #6448-14 (dated 3/61).

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; scrapes; some dirt; tape inside). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.
An old store price sticker on the box provides a little history of this piece: it was once sold by one of the "Abraham & Straus" store outlets.

Designed to work with the mobile missile launchers, missile firing cars and the missile firing accessories -- the internal mechanism is similar to that of an old-fashioned mousetrap.
6463 Rocket Fuel
Tank Car
Ex./OB Yes $110 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. It is the version from 1962 with early AAR trucks and two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of paint chips and some box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is a clean car with very strong lettering. The catwalks are intact with nothing broken and it has a nice rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; dirt). The box is very presentable overall as it is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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.
6470 Exploding
Target Car
E++ Yes $ 40 A car offering some real "play value" -- an Exploding Boxcar from 1959-60: red body with white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. Version with slots in the body sides.
Photo of the other side.
A good-looking car with minimal flaws: very, very clean with near-perfect lettering and with all tabs intact -- plus the mechanism works fine! Has a repro pin and stopper.
Photo of the roof.

Designed to work with the mobile missile launchers, missile firing cars and the missile firing accessories -- the internal mechanism is similar to that of an old-fashioned mousetrap.
6640 U.S.M.C.
Missile Launching
Car
E++ Yes $275 The U.S.M.C. olive drab missile launching car from 1960 only: has white heat-stamped lettering plus early AAR trucks with two operating couplers. Has the ORIGINAL (3-part, stage), red, white & blue missile.
Photo of the car about to participate in battle.
Minimal flaws! It is a sharp car: very, very clean with vibrant paint and nice crisp lettering -- and no rust on any of the metal parts. The launching and firing mechanisms work.
A "aerial" view of the car and the missile.
The missile has seen some action in the battlefield but it is definitely all original and all intact.

This somewhat rare ("Space & Military" Series) car only came in one set (the "Land-Sea-and-Air Gift Pack" #1805) and Lionel never made a component box for this item.
6651 U.S.M.C. Shell Launching Car E+ Yes $225 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 early AAR trucks with operating couplers. The launcher assembly is molded in olive drab; comes with four original shells.
Photo of the other side showing Big Bertha in action with a shell on the way to its target.
Some box rub and that's about it for flaws; the car is very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering plus there is no rust on the metal parts.
Photo of the four shells and an "aerial" view showing the back of the cannon and the car's decking.

The menacing-looking 6651 only came in eight "promotional" outfits. It is sharp car overall and the firing mechanism works great!
6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Load:
Ex.

Car:
E+
OB
Yes $275
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 (gray) blinking canisters! Each canister has a couple of light scratches, small paint chips and some dirt around the lettering. They are both completely intact with no cracks!
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 (tears; scrapes; some dirt; mildly distorted; "aged" look). A very presentable box: fairly clean, complete and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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.
6805 Atomic Energy Disposal Car Car:
Ex.

Load:
See Notes
Yes $125 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 rails and decking.
The rails are tarnished and one has a very small "pinch' in the middle (does not affect operation); the flat itself is very, very clean with nice crisp lettering.
Close-up of the lettering on one side of the canisters.
The canister inserts are original but the tops are repros with silk-screened lettering rather than heat stamped lettering. Without careful inspection, they are very hard to tell from originals and they are close to LIKE NEW!
Close-up of the opposite side's lettering on the canisters.

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.
6808 Empty Flatcar for:

the Marine Corps Two-Gun Tank
&
Searchlight Truck
E- Yes $ 20 Empty red flatcar (mold #6424-11) from 1958-59 for two Marine Corps vehicles. Has white, heat-stamped lettering and early AAR trucks with operating couplers. No load.
Photo of the other side.
Some glue residue and scuffs on the decking and that is it for flaws. The car is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering and shiny, rust free truck rivets! Has the original vehicle retainer.
An "aerial" view.

Only the second empty 6808 flat we have ever had for sale.

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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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