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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 Cherry Picker Car No. 6512 LIONEL TRAINS CHERRY PICKER FLAT CAR No. 6512

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The Cherry Picker Car No. 6512

Lionel Trains Cherry Picker Car No. 6512The Cherry Picker Car No. 6512 could have been used for any number of purposes, but the reason that we’ve listed it among the Military and Space Cars is because of the way that Lionel illustrated this car in their catalogs.

No. 6512 Orange Picture Box End

Issued in 1962 and 1963, they invariably showed this car being used as a lift for astronauts to reach the space capsule located at the tip of a rocket on the No. 3413 Mercury Capsule Launching Car.
Lionel used the 5211-2 mold for this car that is similar to the No. 3512 Fire Ladder Company Car. However, unlike this car, there is a pin in the base of the ladder swivel that prevents its rotation for more than just a few degrees. The reason that Lionel did this was to prevent the car from tipping over from the weight of the "astronaut cage." If the ladder swings to the side then this pin is broken. The arm extends to twice its length.

No. 6512 Astronaut Close Up

This BLACK car was heat-stamped with WHITE "LIONEL" letters and it was not numbered. Came with AAR trucks with disc couplers. There are no variations.
We’ve shown the instructions that came with this fragile car below. Most of the often broken or missing parts on this delicate car have been reproduced.

No. 6512 Instructions
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