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This Web Page Last Updated: February 21, 2017

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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
2457 Pennsylvania N5 Caboose E+ Yes $110 Old-fashioned, tinplate, LIGHTED P.R.R. caboose from 1946-47 with staple-end trucks plus a "flying shoe" coil coupler in the front. Version with red body and red smokestack plus black window frames and with "EASTERN DIV." on the sides. Has white lettering plus double steps at each of the corners. The 2457 is a deluxe caboose with die-cast smokestack, battery box, air pump, end rails with ladders and a brakestand at each end.
Photo of the other side.
A little paint loss on the frame on one end plus a few muted letters on one side. In addition, the caboose was "upgraded" with an additional (closed base) coil coupler in the rear.
Photo of the roof.
The caboose is sharp overall: very, very clean with strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The rubber-stamped "2457" on the underside of the frame is clearly visible.
Another view of the roof.
The 2457 was sold from 1945 to 1947; however, the combination of the double steps and "flying shoe" coil coupler help to date this piece as a 1946 item! It is also possible that this is a transition piece but more likely, the second coupler was not a factory installation.
Photo of the underside of the chassis.
It is a much harder caboose to find than the non-lighted 2472.

A nicely-detailed caboose that is loaded with just about every top-of-the-line feature offered by Lionel in that era! Great for the display shelf or for an operating layout as the light and coupler work! These early postwar items (which are essentially prewar carry-over designs) are getting harder and harder to find in nice condition.
6017
(-200)
U. S. NAVY
Caboose
E+ Yes $275 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.
Photo of the roof.
A few small paint chips and that is it for flaws! It is a nice piece: very clean with crisp lettering and nice graphics plus a rust-free frame. Nothing is cracked or broken.
Another view of the roof.

The Navy caboose has become one of the hardest items to find in collector-quality condition. It has been almost two years since we have had a Navy caboose for sale!
Two different versions of the 6357 SP Caboose:
6357 Lionel
Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 75
On
HOLD
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.
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 8 original box (tears). The box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct "Late Classic" box for this version of the 6357 caboose.
Another view of the box.

Only the second 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 one of the nicest 6357 boxes we have ever had! 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 $ 55 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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6417 (-1)Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $325
On
HOLD
The very scarce Pennsylvania porthole caboose without "New York Zone" on the sides! Sold only in 1957, this illuminated, Tuscan-painted caboose has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws with almost no track time! It is very, very clean and completely intact with nice lettering and vibrant paint plus it has the original end railings -- and of course, it does light!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; some stains on one side). The box is fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is solid and it is also the correct "-1" box for the no "New York Zone" caboose.
Another view of the box.

An unusual and high-quality caboose in the right box! It is also one of the hardest postwar cabooses to find.
6417-25 =========
Lionel Lines

N5c Caboose
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VG Yes $ 25 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.
Some small foreign paint flecks on the roof plus some discoloration on one side and a thin light scratch near the bottom on the other side. It's a clean piece overall with very strong lettering plus it has original ends (one railing missing) -- and of course, it does light!
An "aerial" view.

A great item for a layout. The one-year-only 6417-25 is much harder to find than the 6417 Pennsylvania caboose or the 6427 Lionel Lines caboose!
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 60
On
HOLD
An all-original work caboose from 1949-50 with light-gray-painted tool boxes and a light-gray-painted cab with black lettering and tall smokestack. Has a painted-gray die-cast frame with black heat-stamped, serif lettering plus staple-end trucks and dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The caboose is very clean with strong lettering on both the cab and the frame.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; some discoloration; tape inside; no insert). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy -- it will protect the caboose in shipping and in storage.
Another view of the box.
The 6419 was sold from 1948 to 1950 and then again from 1952 to 1955 (with bar-end trucks) but the "Middle Classic" box plus the staple-end trucks with magnetic couplers help to date this caboose as a 1949-50 item!

A deluxe caboose with a die-cast frame with steps plus handrails, brakewheels and ladder. If you are trying to complete a set from either 1949 or 1950, this is the right caboose!
6419
(-100)
N & W
Work Caboose
E++/OB Yes $225 The scarce Norfolk and Western work caboose from 1957-58:
Photo of the other side.
Has the original gray cab with black, heat-stamped lettering and the original gray tool boxes. The gray-painted die-cast frame has black lettering and bar-end trucks with dual operating tab couplers.
An "aerial" view.
Minimal flaws! This caboose is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering -- both on the cab and on the frame!
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original (correct "-100") box (minor tears; small creases; some dirt; no insert).
Another view of the box.
This box is very presentable as it is square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!

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 and the box is even harder to find!
6427 Lionel Lines
N5C Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 35
On
HOLD
An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose with bar-end trucks and single tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean with nice vibrant paint and very strong lettering -- and of course, it does light! Has the original end railings and there are no cracks anywhere!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box; brace yourself, it is not going to win any beauty contests.
Grade 6 original box (missing the interior coupler flap and nearby inner flap on one end; tears; creases; cuts; somewhat distorted; tape; store price stampings; "aged" look). It's a box -- not a great box.
Another view of the box.
The 6427 Lionel Lines caboose was sold from 1954 to 1960 but the tab coupler and "Late Classic" box help to date this piece as having been made after 1955.

A good-looking caboose -- the box, not so much.
Two different versions of the 6457 SP-type Caboose:
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E++ Yes $ 45
SOLD
Illuminated, brown-painted SP-type caboose from 1952: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-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 crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!
Another view of the roof.

The 6457 caboose was sold from 1949-1952 but the black die-cast smokestack plus the bar-end trucks help to identify this caboose as a 1952 item.

A sharp-looking, premium caboose! The 6457 caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators. If you are looking to complete an "O" gauge set from 1952, this is the right caboose!
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E+ Yes $ 35
On
HOLD
Illuminated, brown-painted SP-type caboose from 1949-51: 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.
Two "aerial" views.
One end railing has some paint loss plus the body has a few rub marks and some small light scratches but nothing major. The caboose is very, very clean overall with very strong lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!

The 6457 caboose came in many sets and this premium caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.
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6517 Bay Window
Caboose
E+ Yes $ 85
On
HOLD
Large illuminated, LIONEL LINES caboose: has a red body with white 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 strong lettering & graphics, nice even paint and a nice rust-free frame -- and of course, the caboose does light!
Photo of the roof.

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 absence of underscoring dates this piece as a 1956-59 item.
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(6517-75)
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Erie
Bay Window
Caboose
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $850 A sharp "ERIE C301" Bay Window caboose that was NEVER USED! This 1966-only caboose has white rubber-stamped lettering and is the brick red variation.
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.
Very, very clean and all intact with crisp lettering, sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint! We "bench tested" the caboose and it does light! The caboose was NEVER USED but there are some marks on a couple of the wheel flanges indicating that the previous owner may have displayed the caboose on a piece of track.
Photo of the frame underside.
Version with "6517-75 / LIONEL" stamped on the frame!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original (window) box (creases; tears; window is wrinkled).
Another view of the box.
It is the correct box for the Erie caboose plus it has the RARE insert! It is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the insert and the front of the box.

One of the nicest Erie cabooses we have ever seen! The box is specific to this caboose and extremely difficult to find -- and this is only the fourth time we have ever had one with the original box insert! An elusive, high-quality piece that will enhance anyone's train collection!
6657 Rio Grande Caboose E+/OB Yes $235
On
HOLD
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. 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 other side of this very-photogenic caboose.
A few scratches on the railing platforms and the usual box rub on the roof edges and corners of the steps. That's it for flaws: the caboose is clean overall with crisp lettering, nice even silver and intact decals -- and it does light.
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (small tears; some dirt & discoloration; minor writing). The box is very presentable as it is complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere.
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 nice looking and it is in a strong 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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