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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 Operating Log Car Unloading No. 3361LIONEL TRAINS OPERATING LOG UNLOADING CAR No. 3361

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Lionel Trains Operating Log Unloading Car No. 3361 Variation A
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Lionel Trains Operating Log Unloading Car No. 3361 Variation D
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Lionel Trains Operating Log Unloading Car No. 3361The Operating Log Unloading Car No. 3361 was produced on a GRAY plastic body, the "LIONEL LINES" lettering and car reporting data was rubber-stamped on. This car was produced from 1955 until 1959, and came with five stained logs, bar-end Type 7 trucks with magnetic couplers, and a No. 160 bin (if sold separately). Later editions would have tabbed couplers.
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Unlike the earlier issued No. 3451 and No. 3461 this car did not unload all of the logs at one time, but by repeatedly pushing the unload button on the controller would incrementally raise the center log carrier until the logs were unloaded and the carrier would then return to its normal position.
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This car was available in two different boxes. One was labeled No. 3361 and the other No. 3361X. The "X" suffix denotes that this car was included in a set and did not contain the No. 160 Variation E line side bin. This version of the bin was eight inches long, was made out of plastic, and replaced the earlier seven inch bakelite bin in 1955.

No. 3361X Box End

At least one instruction sheet No. 3361-29 was produced with DARK BLUE ink in WHITE paper and dated 6-58. The front page of this sheet is shown below and the back page can be seen here.
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There are four variations:
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Variation A: "LIONEL LINES" in thick 7/32" rubber-stamped serif letters and "336155" on the right side. WHITE plastic is used for the drive gear in the unloading mechanism.
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Variation B: Similar to Variation A except the drive gear is BLACK plastic.
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Variation C: "LIONEL LINES" in lighter rubber-stamped serif letters and "336155" on the left side. MEDIUM ORANGE plastic is usually used for the drive gear in the unloading mechanism and the car chassis is molded in a DARKER GRAY color.
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Variation D: "LIONEL LINES" in thin 1/8" rubber-stamped sans-serif letters and "336155" on the right side. MEDIUM ORANGE plastic is usually used for the drive gear in the unloading mechanism and the car chassis is molded in a DARKER GRAY color.
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No. 3361-29 Instructions Front Page
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