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This Web Page Last Updated: April 13, 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
2457 Pennsylvania N5 Caboose Ex./OB Yes $110
SOLD
Old-fashioned, tinplate, LIGHTED P.R.R. caboose from 1946 with staple-end trucks and dual coil couplers. Car is actually numbered "477618" on the sides but catalogued by Lionel as "2457."
Photo of the other side.
Version with red body and red smokestack plus black window frames and with "EASTERN DIV." on the sides. Has white lettering plus the more desirable (and more realistic-looking) double steps at each of the corners. The 2457 is a deluxe caboose with illumination, window inserts, die-cast smokestack, battery box, air pump, end rails with ladders and a brakestand at each end. It is a much harder caboose to find than the non-lighted 2472.
Photo of the roof.
Common paint loss on the railing platforms plus a few paint chips on the roof but that's about it for flaws! The caboose is very clean overall with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint plus the rubber-stamped "2457" on the underside of the frame is clearly visible.
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; tape inside; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! Thanks to the presence of the insert, this box has a brick-like feel to it! It is also not an easy box to find!
Photo of the elaborate box insert.
The 2457 was sold from 1945 to 1947; however, the "Art Deco" box (without the Toy Manufacturers Association logo) plus the combination of the double steps and the closed-base type trucks with dual coil couplers all help to date this piece as a 1946 item!

A nicely-detailed caboose that is loaded with just about every top-of-the-line feature offered by Lionel in that era -- plus it comes with a very strong box! Great for the display shelf or for an operating layout as the light and couplers work! These early postwar items (which are essentially prewar carry-over designs) are getting harder and harder to find in collector-quality condition.
6017
(-60)
U. S. M. C.
Caboose
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $165 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.
Common paint loss on the metal frame tabs and that's it for flaws! The body is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, spectacular lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original (and correct "-60") box (tears; creases; stains; "aged" look). A solid box: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Another view of the box.

A stunning caboose in a very strong box!
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!
Two different versions of the 6357 Lionel (SP-type) Caboose:
6357 Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 55 Illuminated, maroon SP-type caboose from 1957-59: version with "6357" on the right on each side and a black, die-cast smokestack plus metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the high spots of the cupola and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; minor stains; glue residue; lots of tape inside; store price stamping). A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the proper "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6357 caboose.
Another view of the box.

Only the third time we have ever had this specific version of the 6357 (with bar-end trucks & number on right)! This one is sharp and it is in the correct 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!
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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6420 D. L. & W.
Searchlight
Work Caboose
E++ Yes $110 The deluxe wrecking caboose with searchlight, die-cast frame, handrails, ladder, smokestack and staple-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers. Has a dark-gray die-cast frame with black heat-stamped, serif lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Original cab is dark gray with black, heat-stamped, serif lettering; original tool boxes are dark gray.
Two "aerial" views.
A little box rub on the edge of the catwalk and that is about it for flaws! The caboose is completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice paint -- plus of course, it does light!

The 6420 caboose is very difficult to locate with all original parts and in collector-quality condition. This sharp "Searchlight Wrecking Car" from 1949-50 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.
6447 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++ Yes $625 One of the most sought-after postwar cabooses: the non-illuminated, Tuscan, porthole caboose from 1963 only! Has early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minor surface rust on the frame and that's it for flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and vibrant paint! The end railings are original and all intact -- plus there are no screw cracks!
Photo of the roof.

The 6447 was a component of only one catalogued set -- and it was a "Super O" outfit besides! The 6447 was never included in any promotional sets or uncatalogued outfits! It was the "Plain Jane" porthole caboose of the postwar era and now it is a prize! This one is a very nice, high-quality piece!
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 55 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! The caboose is very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint plus the frame is rust free with no paint loss on the end railings -- and of course, it does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; stains; tape inside). The box is solid: clean, complete, square and 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 premium caboose that has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.

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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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