Lionel Electric Trains Identification Guide Sub-Title
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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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Lionel Trains Turbo Missile Launching Flat Car No. 3309LIONEL TRAINS TURBO MISSILE LAUNCHING FLAT CAR No. 3349

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The Turbo Missile Lauching Car No. 3349
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Lionel Trains Turbo Missile Launching Flat Car No. 3309The Turbo Missile Launching Car No. 3349 would launch its "wheel shaped turbo missile" manually from a spring mechanism. This car was pictured in the catalogs with a number on the side, but it was only produced between 1962 and 1965 with no inscription. Unlike the No. 3309 the No. 3349 came with an extra turbo missile holder and missile. The frame was based on the No. 3650 depressed center Searchlight flat car and this version has no mold number.
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Listed in the 1963 catalog as No. 3349-100, there is no justification for this sub-number, save for the fact that while this car was in production there were three different instruction sheets that were issued. All were dated 7-62 under the No. 3349-8 and an additional sheet has been discovered that carries the No. 3349-105 and is dated 4-63. This unmarked car came with AAR trucks, disc couplers. There is two variations:
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Variation A: RED car body.
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Variation B: DARKER RED car body.

No. 3349 Box End

Note the upper right illustration that shows a TEAL colored launcher and the car has Arch-bar trucks with solid non-operating couplers. This car was a modification done by Madison Hardware after the end of the post war period.


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