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This Web Page Last Updated: November 18, 2019

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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
2419 ==========
D. L. & W.

Work Caboose
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E+/OB Yes $175
SOLD
A Delaware, Lackawanna & Western "Wrecking Car" with light gray-painted tool boxes and a light gray-painted cab with black heat-stamped lettering. Has handrails, ladder, die-cast smokestack, two brakestands plus a light gray-painted die-cast frame with heat-stamped, serif lettering and corner steps and staple-end trucks with dual coil couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub plus a few small "dig" marks on the frame between the tool boxes and that's about it for flaws! The car is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! The chassis is equally as clean -- it is rust free and all four corner steps are intact.
An "aerial" view.
The 2419 was the first wrecking caboose that Lionel produced; it was made in both 1946 and 1947 but this is the version from 1946 without reinforced squares on the underside of the frame.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; lots of tape inside; puncture resulting in a small piece missing).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but it has the elaborate insert (small piece of the top layer is missing; looks like a factory flaw) and this box is clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct early "Art Deco" box (without the Toy Logo) for this version of the 2419 work caboose!
Photo of the box insert.

Check your collection; this piece is the first 2419 work caboose from 1946 we have ever had! It is not easy to find and the box is even harder to find! It is significantly more difficult to locate than the later similar-looking 6419 work caboose that was made from 1948 to 1956.
2420 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $125 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.
6017
(-60)
U. S. M. C.
Caboose
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135
SOLD
A dark-blue, painted "UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS" caboose from 1958 only that was NEVER USED! Catalogued by Lionel as "6017-60" but "601750" appears on the sides! Has white, heat-stamped lettering with the USMC logo plus early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Usual paint loss on the frame tabs; minimal flaws on the body. It is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, spectacular lettering and a rust-free frame!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original (and correct "-60") box (tears; creases; stains; small scrapes; wavy). A few flaws but the box is sturdy and complete with both end flaps and all inside flaps; it will protect the caboose in shipment and in storage.
Another view of the box.

The box is so-so but the caboose is nice and will be an upgrade for most collectors! This is the first unrun USMC Caboose we have ever had for sale!
6017
(-200)
U. S. Navy
Caboose
E++ Yes $295 A light-blue painted, SP-type United States Navy caboose with white, heat-stamped lettering and Navy logo from 1960 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has the correct chemically-blackened tab frame with early AAR trucks and one operating coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6017-200" but only "6017" appears on the sides.
An "aerial" view.
Minimal flaws! It is a very nice piece: all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint! The frame is also very, very clean and rust free.

The 1-year-only Navy caboose has become one of the hardest items to find in collector-quality condition. It has been over two years since we have had a Navy caboose for sale!
6037 Lionel Lines Caboose Ex./OB Yes $ 15 A Lionel Lines SP-type caboose from 1952-54: has an unpainted Tuscan body with white heat-stamped lettering, a chemically-blackened frame and Scout trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches plus one step has a small chip. It is very clean overall with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; mildly distorted); a few flaws but the box is clean, complete and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Not rare by any means but this is the first Tuscan 6037 caboose we have ever offered for sale!
6257 (-25)Lionel
Caboose
E+ Yes $ 20
SOLD
The traditional "little old red caboose" -- an SP-type caboose (unpainted bright red with white, heat-stamped lettering and circled "L") from 1955: version with one brakewheel, chemically-blackened frame and metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6257-25" but only "6257" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A few light scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean with crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

If you need this caboose to complete outfit #1529 (503), outfit 1531W (505) or outfit #1535W (509) -- or you just want a good-looking piece to end your freight train, this inexpensive caboose is the answer!
6257
(-50)
Lionel
Caboose
E++ Yes $ 25 Another "little old red caboose" -- a sharp, SP-type caboose from 1956: (unpainted bright red with white lettering). Version with "6257" on right plus roof "wedges" and a chemically-blackened frame without a brakewheel plus metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6257-50" but only "6257" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp -- completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the roof.

If you need this caboose to complete outfit #1545 (701), outfit 1547S (702), outfit #1551W (704) or outfit #1561WS (710)-- or you just want a good-looking piece to end your freight train, this inexpensive caboose is the answer!
6419
(-100)
N & W
Work Caboose
E++/OB Yes $175
SOLD
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.
Two "aerial" views.
Minimal flaws! The caboose is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering both on the cab and on the frame!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original (correct "-100") box (tears; creases; punctures; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert and this box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Sharp caboose in a very hard-to-find box! 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 $125 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.
6457 Lionel Caboose E+++/OB Yes $ 95
SOLD
Illuminated, brown SP-type caboose from late 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.
Just stunning! It is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint and of course, it does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (small tears; creases; minor stains). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- it is one of the nicest 6457 boxes we have ever seen!
Another view of the box.
The 6457 Caboose was sold from 1949 to 1952 but the Middle Classic box, the staple-end trucks and the plastic smokestack all help to date this piece as a 1949 item.

A very, very nice caboose that rarely appears in the marketplace in collector-quality condition. Only the third time we have ever had this caboose; this one is gorgeous and it's in a beautiful box!

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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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