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6530 Firefighting Instruction Car

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Production:  1960 - 1962

History
The 6530 Firefighting Instruction car was a new item for the 1960 Lionel product line. However, the roots of this freight car go back to 1956 with the introduction of the 3530 Electro Mobile Power car. Although the exterior colors are different, the basic body molds of each car are identical. The 6530 is simply a non-operating version of the 3530.

It is interesting to note each side of the car is molded differently -- a technique Lionel rarely built into their freight cars. Finally, experienced collectors believe this car was only produced for one, possibly two years and excess inventory was sold in 1962, possibly as early as 1961.

Features
Standard features of the 6530 include: molded red body with white lettering, two unpainted sliding white doors on each side plus a single brakewheel and AAR trucks with functional couplers on each truck.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - There are no known variations to this box car.

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