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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: October 10, 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.
3535 AEC
Security Car
E++/OB Yes $185 Interesting piece from 1960 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 of the car in its "security mode" ready for action.
Minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with crisp lettering. Has the original searchlight, guns and yoke AND all tabs on the cab are intact!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes on one end flap). A few flaws but the box is complete, clean, square and sturdy! The box has the "PUSH" tab and the front panel is largely intact -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
This "Space and Military Series" item was produced in 1960 and 1961 but the "Perforated Panel" box helps to date this one as a 1960 piece.
Photo of the front panel.
Comes with the original instruction sheet #3535-11.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

The 3535 is a rather hard item to find intact. This one is sharp and it is in a very strong box! It is also a great layout piece as the car lights and the searchlight revolves properly.
Our Archives Page: more information on 3535 AEC Security Cars.
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 beautiful, boxed U.S.M.C. caboose from 1958 that was NEVER USED!
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.
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.
6470 Exploding
Target Car
E++ Yes $ 30 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.

Still thinking about this car? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 6470 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 70 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 6470's provenance including its design, development and history.
6651 U.S.M.C. Shell Launching Car E+ Yes $225
SOLD
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!
6803 Empty Flatcar for:

Marine Corps
Tank

&
Marine Corps
Sound Truck
E+++ Yes $ 50 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.
Minimal flaws -- the car is gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny (rust-free) truck rivets! Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view showing the flat's decking.

This is the only the second empty 6803 flat we have ever had available for sale (and first one with the 6424-11 mold). If you have a 6803 flat with a broken step or rusty rivets, this car will be a significant upgrade.

Need the 6803 box? We have one for sale.
Click here to go to our Original Boxes Page to read about a very presentable 6803 original box!
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.
6806 Empty Flatcar for:

U.S.M.C.
Radar Truck

&
U.S.M.C.
(U.S. NAVY)
Medical van
E+++ Yes $ 80 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.
Minimal flaws -- the car is gorgeous: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice shiny (rust-free) truck rivets! Has the original vehicle retainer which is completely intact.
An "aerial" view showing the flat's decking.

This is the only the second empty 6806 flat in collector-quality condition we have ever had available for sale. If you have a 6806 flat with a broken step or rusty rivets, this car will be a significant upgrade.

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).

Need the 6806 box? We have one for sale.
Click here to go to our Original Boxes Page to read about an available 6806 original box.

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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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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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