Bucyrus Erie
Operating Crane Car
1955 - 1969

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The 6560 Bucyrus Erie operating crane car enjoyed the longest run of any postwar Lionel crane car. At first glance the 6560 appears to be a carryover of the 6460. Externally this looks to be correct, internally it is very different. The 6560 was redesigned to incorporate many cost savings features.

Standard features of the 6560 include: rotating cab, fully functional boom and hook, usually an unpainted cab, a plastic frame and white lettering. The first few production years of the 6560 had bar-end trucks but this quickly changed to AAR trucks in 1958.

Prior to the introduction of the 6560 crane car, all Lionel cranes came with straight hooks. The 6560 incorporated a new straight hook. The word 'Lionel' was always printed with arched letters while the word 'Lines' appeared on a horizontal line. The cab, available in different colors, always contained a smokestack. The die-cast hand cracks were the open crank verison through 1957 and closed version from 1958 to the end of production. The common problem of stripped and broken screwholes frequently found on the cab of a 2460 or 6460 was corrected with a better and more reliable tab-fastening system on the 6560.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the base of a crane car is approximately 8" long (coupler to coupler), while the length of the car including the boom in the lowered position is approximately 12 1/2".

Reddish-Orange Cab - Assumed to be the first production run from 1955. This always came on an unmarked frame -- no number and no lerttering -- and is a hard variation to locate.
Painted Red Cab - Assumed to be a very limited run during 1955. It also is a hard variation to locate.
Red Cab, Numbered 656025 - Molded red cab, open hand cranks and bar-end trucks. Has the hard-to-find '656025' numbers on the frame. This is a one-year-only item from 1956 and is hard to find in collector condition.
Red Cab No Number - Molded red cab, open hand cranks and bar-end trucks. This is a difficult version to locate. There is no number on the side of the frame. It's assumed to ba a very small production run from 1956.
Gray Cab - Molded gray cab, open hand cranks and bar-end trucks.
Red Cab - Molded red cab, open hand cranks and bar-end trucks.
Red Cab - Closed Crank version shown in the photo above - Molded red cab, open or closed hand cranks and AAR trucks.

6560 Bucyrus Erie Crane Car
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Reddish-Orange Cab, Unmarked Frame 1955 :Late Classic, 6560-251955
Painted Red Cab 1955 :~ ~ ~ ~~
Red Cab, '656025' on frame 1956 :~ ~ ~ ~~
Red Cab, No Number on frame 1956 :~ ~ ~ ~~
Gray Cab, Bar-End Trucks 1956 - 1957 :Orange Perforated Panel, 6560-251959 - 1960
Red Cab, Bar-End trucks 1956 - 1957 :Cellophane Front with Insert1966
Red Cab, AAR trucks, Open Crank 1958 :Hagerstown - End View, 6560-251968
Red Cab, AAR trucks, Closed Crank 1959 - 1969 :Hagerstown - Side View, 6560-251968

Inventory For Sale
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6560 Bucyrus Erie Crane Car
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Available inventory as of Thu Feb 11 03:00:01 2016 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$110.00Now available is this hard-to-find 1956 Erie Crane Car. This rare version was produced for only one year! The car has side lettering without any number on the side.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$118.00Here's the hard-to-find 1956 Erie Crane Car variation containing the graphics and lettering on the frame, but without the number on the side frame.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 82.00Fri Jun 8 20:36:30 2012 This is the early version with a red cab, bar-end trucks with tab couplers and the number and lettering printed on the frame. The exterior colors are vibrant and the lettering and numbers are clean and crisp.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$126.00Sat Oct 31 06:47:10 2015 Here is an extremely rare find, the 1955 Crane Car. This car was produced for one year only! This uncommon car has a unique, reddish-orange cab not seen on other cranes.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$135.00Fri Jul 12 15:59:53 2013 Here's a fairly hard-to-find crane with the '656025' printed on the side of the frame. This is a one-year-only offering from 1956. This specific crane is in great condition, easily graded a 7+, but close to an 8!
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$225.00Tue Apr 17 17:16:09 2012 Here's the somewhat rare grey cab variation with the correct bar-end trucks with tab couplers. The side lettering is crisp and clean and the freight car is in great condition. Obviously, there is no rust nor oxidation on the trucks nor couplers.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$ 95.00Thu Jul 18 18:32:45 2013 Up for sale is an early version of the 6560 crane car with bar-end trucks. The exterior is nice and clean, free of nicks and blemishes and the side lettering is complete and not faded nor worn. The original box includes all flaps, but is missing both inserts.
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