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This Web Page Last Updated: January 16, 2021

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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 $ 75
SOLD
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.
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!
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
VG Yes $ 22
SOLD
A work caboose from 1952-53 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.
Photo of the other side.
This deluxe work caboose also has steps, handrails, brakewheels and ladder.
An "aerial" view.
The cab's roof has some paint chipping around the stack and one tool box is chipped. The cab and tool boxes are ORIGINAL and fairly clean with very nice lettering. The frame is also fairly clean with very nice lettering.
Another "aerial" view.

An inexpensive caboose that is ready for your work train on a layout.
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.
6517 Bay Window
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 95 Large illuminated, LIONEL LINES caboose: has a red-painted body with white rubber-stamped lettering plus metal trucks; it is the later version from 1956-59 with no "Built Date" underscoring.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws -- the caboose is completely intact and very, very clean with beautiful lettering & graphics, nice even paint and a nice rust-free frame -- and of course, the caboose does light!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; mildly distorted). A few flaws but the box is complete, fairly square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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 "Late Classic" box and the lack of underscoring on the car body date this piece as a 1956-59 item.
6814 Rescue
Work Caboose
VG Yes $ 55 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 roof has a few scratches and the tray has some discoloration but both are completely intact and fairly clean with very nice lettering and graphics. The frame has some rust spots and paint chips but the lettering is sharp.
Two "aerial" views.
Missing the control panel insert, oxygen tanks, stretchers & man (note that repro parts are available in the marketplace).

The 6814 caboose is not an easy item to find and we have had very few for sale over the 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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Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
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