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This Web Page Last Updated: September 19, 2018

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

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Postwar Lionel Cabooses and Work Cabooses
Catalog # Item GradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
Two different versions of the 6130 Santa Fe Work Caboose:
6130 Santa Fe
Work Caboose
E++ Yes $110 Want something really unique for your collection? Here is a very, very unusual item from 1968: a sharp ATSF work caboose with an unpainted pale-red tool tray and cab plus a bronze colored, chemically-treated unlettered frame and late AAR trucks with two operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the frame and steps and that's about it for flaws! It is a very, very clean piece -- completely intact and with superb lettering.
An "aerial" view.

This caboose is a SCARCE item -- we have had very few
6130 Santa Fe
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 85 An ATSF work caboose from the early 1960s: has a red-painted cab and red-painted tool tray plus a black-painted frame with white, rubber-stamped serif lettering and early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light scratches on the roof plus some box rub in spots and that's it for flaws! The cab & tool tray are very, very clean with sharp graphics, strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The frame is also very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; minor scuffs). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

The 6130 ATSF is one of the few work cabooses offered by Lionel in the postwar era with a roadname other than D L & W. This one is sharp and it comes in a very presentable box that is rather scarce!
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6257Southern Pacific
Caboose
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $ 25 The traditional "little old red caboose" -- a spectacular, SP caboose from 1952 that was NEVER USED!
Photo of the other side.
Tile-red version with white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted frame with one brakewheel and bar-end trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the roof.
Just gorgeous! It's completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; stains). The box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

If you need this caboose for a specific set or you just want a sharp piece to end your freight train, this inexpensive caboose is the answer!
6357 Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 40 Illuminated, maroon SP-type caboose from 1957-59: version with "6357" on the left on each side and a black, die-cast smokestack plus metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very nice caboose: clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; creases; scrapes; glue residue; tape inside; "period" price stamping; "aged" look). The box has a few flaws but it is clean, square and sturdy! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6357 caboose.
Another view of the box.

After the 6457 was discontinued, the 6357 became Lionel's top-of-the-line SP-type caboose. The 6357 caboose was sold from 1948 to 1961 but the type III lettering, "Late Classic" box, truck style and tab coupler all help to date this piece as a 1957-1959 item!
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Lionel Lines

N5c Caboose
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E++ Yes $ 75 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's a very, very clean piece with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint plus it has original ends with no cracks -- and of course, it does light!
Two "aerial" views.

A gorgeous caboose! The one-year-only 6417-25 is much harder to find than the 6417 Pennsylvania caboose or the 6427 Lionel Lines caboose!
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 85 A sharp, all-original "Wrecking Car" from 1954 with gray-painted tool boxes and a gray-painted cab with black lettering and tall smokestack. Has a painted-gray die-cast frame with black heat-stamped, serif lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers. This deluxe work caboose also has steps, handrails, brakewheels and a ladder.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws; the caboose is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Middle-Classic" box (missing one inner flap; tape inside; some dirt; "aged" look; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the INSERT (liner) and this box is SOLID -- fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
The 6419 was sold from 1948 to 1950 (with staple-end trucks) and then again from 1952 to 1955 but the "Middle Classic" box plus the bar-end trucks with engraved magnetic couplers and black coupler rivets all help to date this caboose as a 1954 item!

A gorgeous caboose in a brick-like box! It is one of the nicest 6419 work cabooses we have ever had!
6457 Lionel Caboose E+/OB Yes $110 Illuminated, brown SP-type caboose from 1949 with matching, painted-brown, PLASTIC smokestack!
Photo of the other side.
The 6457 was the top-of-the-line Lionel caboose during its time and has these deluxe features: interior light, battery boxes, ladders, two brakewheels and dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! The caboose is very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- 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; writing; tape inside; glue residue). Some flaws but this box is clean, square and sturdy -- plus it is the correct "Early Classic" box for this version of the 6457 caboose!
Another view of the box.
The 6457 Caboose was sold from 1949 to 1952 but the Early Classic "three cities" box (with San Francisco) on the sides, the staple-end trucks and the plastic smokestack all help to date this piece as a 1949 item.

A very nice caboose that rarely appears in the marketplace in collector-quality condition and the box is very, very scarce! Check your collection! Only the second time we have ever had this caboose!
6517 Bay Window
Caboose
Ex./OB Yes $ 75 Large illuminated, LIONEL LINES caboose: has a red body with white lettering plus metal trucks; it is the later version from 1956-59 with no "Built Date" underscoring.
Photo of the other side.
Usual hairline screw crack (tiny & no loss of plastic), a few paint chips and both end railings have a very small crack behind each ladder (difficult to see, no loss of plastic and they are ORIGINAL!) The caboose is very, very clean with sharp lettering & graphics, nice even paint and a nice rust-free frame -- and of course, the caboose does light!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing one inner flap; tears; creases; tape; glue residue). This box has some imperfections but it is clean, square and sturdy -- it will protect the caboose in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.

The Bay Window caboose was the largest caboose offered by Lionel in the postwar era. It only came as a deluxe model with interior lighting, fancy passenger car-type trucks, operating couplers, ladders & a die-cast smokestack. The 6517 caboose was made from 1955 to 1959 but the lack of underscoring on the sides plus the "Late Classic" box help to date this piece as a 1956-59 item.
6557 Smoke Caboose E++/OB Yes $325 The illuminated, Tuscan-painted "LIONEL" SP-type smoking caboose from 1958-59: has white, heat-stamped lettering (with number on left) and the original smoke deflector plus bar-end trucks with single operating tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Has a very small amount of box rub on the edge of the cupola's catwalk and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the roof.
The caboose is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. It lights and smokes well and it is one of the nicest smoke cabooses we have ever had!
Another view of the roof.
Comes with the original instruction sheet #6557-18, dated 8/58.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; "period" price stampings). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

A great-looking caboose in a very presentable box -- the 6557 is always a great layout piece!

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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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