One of a Kind
By Greg Mugione, TCA 17-72407 Fall 2018
While I have only been a member of TCA for a short time, I have been a dedicated collector, operator and enthusiast of Lionel Trains since my childhood in the late 70s and early 80s! Since that time, I have accumulated a decent collection of Prewar and Postwar “O Gauge” items.
I recently acquired a collection of Postwar trains from an estate and in it, discovered a #6530 Firefighter Instruction Car made from a shell of an already painted #3530 Electro Mobile Power Car. It is not a prototype as there are no hand-applied decals. The paint job is definitely heat stamped.
Upon my discovery, I posted this find for members of the O Gauge Railroading On-line Forum in an effort to gain further insight. The consensus of responses was that of never seen, heard or made aware!
I am highly intrigued by this unique piece of rolling stock and look forward to hearing from any TCA members who may have further knowledge on the back-story of how this car came to be.