6651 Shell Launching Car
The 6651 is similar to Lionel fleet of missile launching flatcar produced in the 1960s such as the 6630, 6640 or 6650. However, the obvious difference is a firing cannon apparatus replaces the missile launcher mechanism.
The 6651 was an uncatalogued freight car produced for only a single year: 1964. It is a fairly difficult item to locate as few were produced and many were damaged or broken over the years. A complete 6651 is difficult to locate, especially with original shells.
Lionel never produced a box for the shell launching flatcar.
Standard features of the 6651 include: painted olive-drab flatcar with white lettering, AAR trucks with two operating couplers plus a brakestand and brakewheel.
The firing cannon superstructure is always olive-drab, matching the color of the flatcar. The shells are simply silver-painted wooden dowels. It is unclear whether Lionel supplied one, or several, original shells with the flatcar.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - All 6651's were painted olve-drab and included silver painted wooden shells.
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