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Space & Military Cars

This Web Page Last Updated: June 14, 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:
E++

Car:
E++
Yes $295
SOLD
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: minimal flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint and nice crisp lettering. Has the original wire retainer holding clips.
A "aerial" view of the sub and the car's decking.
Minimal flaws on the sub! It is completely intact, very clean and all original!
Photo of the original "LIONEL" ID plate ("bottom window") below the sub.

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 Lionel never made a box for this piece.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 3820 USMC Flatcars & Subs.
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
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Yes $150 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.
An "aerial" view.
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.

A spectacular car -- one of the nicest 6463 Tank Cars we have ever had! Note 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.
6640 U.S.M.C.
Missile
Launching Car
E++ Yes $275 The U.S.M.C. olive drab missile launching car from 1960/1961: 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 other side with the missile on the way to its target.
Usual tarnishing of the metal parts and that's about it for flaws! The car is very, very clean with vibrant paint and crisp lettering! In addition, the launching and firing mechanisms work perfectly.
A view of the car's decking and another view of the missile.
Minimal flaws on the missile! It is one of the nicest original missiles we have ever had!

This somewhat rare ("Space & Military" Series) car only came in one catalogued set (the "Land-Sea-and-Air Gift Pack" #1805) and one promotional set (Sears, Roebuck & Co. Outfit #9671 from 1961) as a substitute offering to deplete inventory. Note that Lionel never made a component box for this item.
Our Archives Page: more information on 6640 Missile Launching Cars.
6651 U.S.M.C.
Shell

Launching Car
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E++
Un-run
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Yes $295 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 ORIGINAL 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 on the four steps and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp 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 sharp car and the firing mechanism works great!
6809 Flatcar
with a
Marine Corps
Anti-aircraft
Truck

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

Car:
E++

OB
Yes $260
SOLD
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 a Rescue Cabooses from 1959-61.

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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:

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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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