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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 Helicopter Launching Flat Car No. 3409LIONEL TRAINS HELICOPTER LAUNCHING FLAT CAR No. 3419

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The Helicopter Launching Car No. 3419 A Variation
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The Helicopter Launching Car No. 3419 C Variation
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Lionel Trains Helicopter Launching Flat Car No. 3409The Helicopter Launching Car No. 3419 was available from 1959 until 1965, was produced on a 3419-30 chassis, and came with early AAR trucks equipped with disc couplers. This car would release the helicopter with the use of a No. 6019 or USC uncoupling track section after it had been wound manually.
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There are two known instruction sheets issued for this car. The first was numbered 3419-43 and was issued in 10-59. It used DARK BLUE ink on WHITE paper. We’ve illustrated the front page of this sheet below. The second issue was a smaller fold out sheet that was dated 6-60 that was listed under the number 3419-51. This sheet used BLACK ink on WHITE paper.

No. 3419 Perforated Box End

Early cars would have a larger 2 inch winder mechanism and later cars would have a 1-3/8 inch winder. There are many types of helicopters issued that would work with this car and they are easily substituted. See the Helicopter Type chart for details.
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There are six known variations:
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Variation A: First issue with blackened mechanism and release lever. Came with large winder and the car is molded in ROYAL BLUE and carried a Type A helicopter.
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Variation B: Identical to Variation A except the launching mechanism and release lever are brightly plated. Used a Type B helicopter. This is the most common version of this car.

Top View of Type A Helicopter

Variation C: Has the smaller 1-3/8 inch winder, manual release lever is below the frame protruding out of the side instead of through the top of the chassis. Carried a Type B helicopter, but the car is the same color as the previous variations. Produced in 1960.
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Variation D: Same as Variation C except the car is molded in a LIGHT BLUE color. An uncommon color.
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Variation E: Same as Variation C except the car is molded in an AQUA BLUE color which is lighter and paler that Variation D. A rare variation.
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Variation F: Same as Variation E except the car is molded in a dark blue and is almost PURPLE in color.
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Note that the helicopters have been reproduced.

Helicopter Launching Car No. 3419 D Variation
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No. 3419-43 Instruction Sheet Front Page
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