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This Web Page Last Updated: July 1, 2022

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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
2472 Pennsylvania
N5 Caboose
E++ Yes $ 55 Old-fashioned, red, tinplate caboose from 1946-47: has white lettering plus staple-end trucks with single coil coupler. Version with "EASTERN DIV." on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Small amount of paint loss on the end railings near the frame and on one side near the frame and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint!
An "aerial" view of the roof.

These early postwar items are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition but this one is nice!
6167 Lionel Lines
Caboose
E++ Yes $ 15 The traditional "little old red caboose" -- unpainted red body with white lettering and a galvanized tab frame with late AAR trucks plus one operating coupler and one fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The body is all intact and very, very clean with superb lettering!
An "aerial" view.
This SP-type Caboose was sold in 1963 & 1964. It was the "plain Jane" of its era with no deluxe features (other than the one operating coupler).
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 showing the paint loss on one end railing.
Some paint loss on one end railing plus a couple of very small paint chips 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!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside). The box is very presentable: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
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.
6417-25 Lionel Lines
N5c Caboose
E+/OB Yes $110
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.
Small chip on the bottom of one side and that's about it for flaws! It is very, 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 8 original box (tears; creases; glue residue). 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!
6417-50 LEHIGH VALLEY
N5c Caboose
E+/OB Yes $225 Illuminated, gray-painted, porthole caboose from just one set in 1954 only! Has red heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Common hairline screw crack on one end (no loss of plastic) and one roof hatch handle is chipped but that's about it for flaws! The caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. It has the original end railings -- and of course the caboose does light!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scuffs; a few stains; tape inside). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct "-50" box for the Lehigh Valley caboose.
Another view of the box.

The caboose is stunning and it's in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6417-50 Lehigh Valley Cabooses.
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
Illuminated, brown-painted SP-type caboose from 1950-51: has white heat-stamped lettering plus staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers.
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, die-cast smokestack, battery boxes, ladders, two brakewheels and dual couplers.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus a nice rust-free frame -- and of course, it does light!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains on one side; a little wavy; tape inside). The box is clean, complete, square & sturdy! It is also the correct box for this version of the 6457.
Another view of the box.

The 6457 caboose was sold from 1949-1952 but the black smokestack, staple-end trucks and "Middle Classic" box all help to identify this caboose as a 1950-51 item.

A high-quality caboose in a presentable box! This premium caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.
Two different versions of the 6517 Lionel Lines Bay Window Caboose:
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(6517-75)
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Erie
Bay Window
Caboose
E++ Yes $650 A sharp "ERIE C301" Bay Window caboose from 1966 only! Has a medium-red body with white rubber-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has all of the deluxe features of the "LIONEL LINES" version (illuminated, window insert, shades, die-cast smokestack, ladders, fancy passenger car-type trucks and dual operating couplers) but has the more desirable roadname. It is the only caboose produced by Lionel in the postwar era to have the Erie roadname. Catalogued by Lionel as "6517-75" but that number does not appear on the body of the caboose.
Two views of the roof.
Minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is very, very clean and all intact with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!

This one-year-only caboose is an elusive, high-quality piece that will enhance anyone's train collection!
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.
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6557 Smoke Caboose E++/OB Yes $295 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.
Minor box rub on the front edge of the cupola 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.
Has the original instruction sheet #6557-18, dated 8/58 (creases & wrinkled).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; minor stains; tape inside; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking caboose in a very presentable box -- the 6557 is always a great layout piece!
6657 Rio Grande Caboose E++/OB Yes $295 Illuminated, Rio Grande (SP-type) caboose from 1957-58: has a yellow-painted body with a silver-painted lower stripe on each side plus a silver-painted roof.
Photo of the other side of this very-photogenic caboose.
Additional features include black striping, black heat-stamped lettering and decals with the Rio Grande logo plus a die-cast smokestack. The chemically-blackened frame has end railings with single brakewheel plus metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! The caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering, gorgeous striping, nice shiny silver and intact decals -- and it does light!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; writing; tape inside). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

With its unusual silver & yellow paint scheme and colorful logos, it is arguably the most attractive caboose produced by Lionel in the postwar era. This 6657 is sharp and it is in a very strong box!
6814 Rescue
Work Caboose
VG Yes $ 45 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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