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This Web Page Last Updated: October 6, 2020

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel cabooses and work cabooses.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Cabooses and Work Cabooses
Catalog # Item GradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
2420 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $ 90 The deluxe wrecking caboose with searchlight, die-cast frame, handrails, ladder, die-cast smokestack and staple-end trucks with dual coil couplers. Dark-gray frame with heat-stamped, serif lettering. Version from 1947 with reinforced squares on the underside of the frame.
Photo of the other side.
Original cab is dark gray with black, heat-stamped, serif lettering; the original tool boxes are also dark gray.
An "aerial" view.
A few paint chips plus some rust on the metal ladder and that's about it for flaws. The caboose is very clean with nice, crisp lettering both on the cab and on the frame plus all four frame steps are intact -- and of course, it does light!

The 2420 caboose is very difficult to locate with all original parts and in collector-quality condition. This good-looking "Searchlight Wrecking Car" is a useful piece that would be a nice addition to any work train on a layout to provide illumination to clear night-time wrecks.
6017Lionel Lines
Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 25 A sharp SP-type caboose from 1957-58: has a brown-painted body with white lettering with a chemically-blackened tab frame plus early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A scratch on one side plus a few minor scuffs and that's it for flaws! The body is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and superb lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; creases). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Another view of the box.

This caboose was the "plain-Jane" model that came in many, many sets. The long-running 6017 was sold from 1951 to 1962; however the color of the caboose, the fact that it is a painted version, the truck style and "Late Classic" box all help to date this item as a 1957-58 piece.
6119
(-50)
D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 85
SOLD
A nice work caboose from 1956 only: all-original with brown cab, brown tool bin and brown-painted sheet-metal frame with white, serif lettering. Has bar-end trucks with single tab coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6119-50" but only "6119" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A small part of one roof panel is discolored (common stress mark) and that's about it for flaws on the cab; the frame has a few small scratches plus the usual paint loss on the metal steps. Nothing is cracked or broken and the caboose is very clean with nice lettering on both the cab and the frame.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stain; no insert). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean overall, square and sturdy. It is also the correct "-50" box for the brown work caboose.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, 1-year-only caboose in a very presentable box.
6357 S P Caboose E++/OB Yes $ 55 Illuminated, tile red, Southern Pacific caboose from 1949-51.
Photo of the other side.
Version with one brakewheel, no smokestack and staple-end trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the roof.
One paint chip on the cupola plus some minor paint loss on one end railing and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue; "aged" look). The box is very presentable: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

We have had very few tile-red, early version "S P" 6357 cabooses over the years as they are much harder to find than the later "LIONEL" 6357 cabooses that were sold from 1953 to 1961.
6417 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 55 An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose from 1954:
Photo of the other side.
Has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! This caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and intact original ends. In addition, there are no cracks -- and of course, it does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; track pin marks; writing; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Gorgeous caboose in a presentable box!
6417-25 Lionel Lines
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $125
SOLD
An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose from 1954 only: has white, heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers. Catalogued by Lionel as "6417-25" although the caboose is actually numbered "64173" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint plus it has original end railings -- and of course, it does light!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; a few letters on one long side were distorted in the printing process; "aged" look). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "6417-25" box for this version of the 6417 caboose.
Another view of the box.

A sharp caboose! The one-year-only 6417-25 is much harder to find than the 6417 Pennsylvania caboose or the 6427 Lionel Lines caboose!
6419 (-50) D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $ 65 Rather obscure and overlooked work caboose from 1956: has the correct original modified unpainted cab with tabs, short smokestack and black, heat-stamped lettering plus the original light-gray unpainted-gray tool boxes. Catalogued by Lionel as "6419-50" but only "6419" is on the cab.
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct modified gray-painted die-cast frame with steps, handrails, brakewheels, ladder and black lettering plus bar-end trucks attached with truck clips plus two tab couplers.
An "aerial" view.
A few stains on the decking plus some scuffs and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is all intact and very clean with nice lettering!

Only the second 6419-50 work caboose we have ever had available for sale! This is NOT a 6419 or 6419-25 Work Caboose masquerading as a 6419-50 as it has several unique characteristics that were not utilized on any other D. L. & W. Work Caboose including the modified cab with heat-stamped lettering and the special modified frame which utilizes a distinct cab-retaining clip.

Note that the guidebooks indicate that this caboose was available in both 1956 and 1957. However, the 6419-50 was a part of only one catalogued set in 1956 but not included in any set in 1957 -- so it is possible (likely?) that it was only sold in 1956.

If you are trying to build the highly desirable 2331 Virginian FM work train set from 1956 (Outfit #2267W or 806), this is the right caboose!
6419
(-100)
N & W
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $160 The scarce Norfolk and Western work caboose from 1957-58:
Photo of the other side.
Has the original un-painted gray cab with black, heat-stamped lettering and the original unpainted-gray tool boxes. The gray-painted die-cast frame has black lettering and bar-end trucks with dual operating tab couplers.
An "aerial" view.
A few light scratches and that's about it for flaws! This caboose is very, very clean with strong lettering -- both on the cab and on the frame!

Catalogued by Lionel as "6419-100" but the cab is actually numbered "576419" -- it is one of the few work cabooses made by Lionel in the postwar era with a roadname other than D L & W. We have had very few Norfolk & Western Work Cabooses over the years as they are very hard to find in collector-quality condition.
6437 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 85 A sharp, illuminated, Tuscan, porthole caboose from 1964-65 that was NEVER USED! Has white, heat-stamped lettering plus AAR trucks with a single operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning! It is completely intact and very, very clean with spectacular lettering and nice vibrant paint! The end railings are original and all intact! We "bench tested" the caboose and it does light!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original "Picture" box (tears; creases).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 6437 boxes we have ever had!

The 6437 Caboose was sold from 1961 to 1968 but the trucks style and box help to date this item as a 1964-65 piece.

Just a beautiful caboose in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6437 Pennsylvania Cabooses.
6814 Rescue
Work Caboose
VG+ Yes $125 A military caboose from 1959-61: also known as the "First Aid Medical Caboose," this item from the "Space & Military" series has a painted white cab and painted white tool bin with red lettering and graphics. Has early AAR trucks with single operating coupler and a gray-painted, sheet-metal frame with black heat-stamped, serif lettering.
Photo of the other side.
The cab has a scratch on one side; the roof has some discoloration and scuff marks plus a hairline crack by the ladder opening (no loss of plastic). The cab and tool bin are clean overall with nice lettering and graphics. The frame is clean overall with very sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint.
An "aerial" view of the tool bin and the contents.
ORIGINAL control panel insert (some discoloration), oxygen tanks, stretchers & man -- and they are all intact!

A very attractive military piece; the 6814 caboose is not an easy item to find and we have not had one for sale in almost five years!

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Everyone knows what a Caboose is, but did you know that it has many colorful nicknames? Some of these affectionate terms include buggy, brain-box, crummy, hack, and monkey cage plus some that are not printable here. Did you know that the Conductor (who is the boss of the train) actually runs the train from the Caboose?

Lionel made various styles of Cabooses in the Postwar era including the SP-type, bay-window, porthole (N5c), work cabooses with either tool boxes or an open bin, and even one that smoked. Some were lighted inside, some had a searchlight, some were made of metal, some had a real roadname (many said Lionel Lines) and some were plain while others were very attractive.

Your freight train needs a Caboose. Your work train needs a Caboose as well.

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