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This Web Page Last Updated: January 21, 2019

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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
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.
One surface scratch on one side 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 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures -- mostly in one area). Despite the flaws, the box is still presentable as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere.
Photo of the nicer end 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.
6119
(-50)
D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 90 A very nice work caboose from 1956 only: all-original with brown cab, brown tool bin and brown-painted sheet-metal frame with white, serif lettering. Has bar-end trucks with single tab coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6119-50" but only "6119" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Common paint loss on the metal steps plus a few small light scratches and that's about it for flaws. The frame is very, very clean with nice lettering and the cab and bin are sharp -- very, very clean with crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (creases; tears; scrapes; some discoloration; tape inside; glue residue; no insert). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It is also the correct "-50" box for the brown work caboose.
Another view of the box.

A good-looking, 1-year-only caboose in a very presentable box.
Two different versions of the 6130 Santa Fe Work Caboose:
6130 Santa Fe
Work Caboose
E++ Yes $ 95 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 $ 65 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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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!
6419
(-25)
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D. L. & W.

Work Caboose
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E+/OB Yes $ 85
SOLD
An all-original "Wrecking Car" from 1955: has light-gray painted tool boxes and light-gray painted cab with black heat-stamped lettering plus a tall smokestack. Catalogued by Lionel as "6419-25" but only "6419" appears on the cab.
Photo of the other side.
Has a die-cast frame with bar-end trucks & single tab coupler plus steps, handrails, brakewheels and ladder.
An "aerial" view.
A couple of scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is all intact and very, very clean with strong lettering on both the cab and the frame.
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; stains; punctures; a little wavy).
Another view of the box.
Has the INSERT (liner) and even with the flaws, this box is presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("-25") original "Middle-classic" box for this version of the 6419 caboose.
Photo of the insert.
The 6419 caboose was sold from 1948-1957 but the tall smokestack, bar-end trucks, single tab coupler and "Middle Classic" (-25) box all help to identify this caboose as a 1955 item.

A very nice caboose in a very hard box to find!
Two different versions of the 6457 SP-type Caboose:
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 55 Illuminated, brown-painted SP-type caboose from early 1952: 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.
Minor paint loss on the roof and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is all intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering plus 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; scrapes; tape residue; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Even with the flaws, this box is presentable as it is clean, square and sturdy.
Close-up of the OPS stamping on the box.

The 6457 caboose was sold from 1949-1952 but the black die-cast smokestack, staple-end trucks and "Late Classic" box (with an "OPS" stamping) all help to identify this caboose as a 1951 leftover that was sold in early 1952.

A nice-looking, premium caboose! The 6457 caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.
6457
(-25)
Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 95
SOLD
Illuminated, maroon-painted (NOT brown) SP-type caboose from 1952 with bar-end trucks and 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.
Sharp caboose with minimal flaws: it is very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
File photo showing a maroon 6457 and a brown 6457.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original (-25) box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; light stains on one end flap; glue residue; lots of tape inside). Some flaws but the box is fairly clean, square & sturdy plus it is the correct one for the maroon 6457 caboose!
Another view of the box.

A very nice caboose that does not show up that often and in a very scarce box! Check your collection! We have had many brown 6457 cabooses over the years but very few maroon ones. In addition, we have not had a 6457-25 box in over three 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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