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This Web Page Last Updated: July 3, 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.
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 over the years!
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.
A little box rub and a couple of light scratches and that's it for flaws!
An "aerial" view.
It is a very nice caboose: clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and of course, it does light!
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; tape residue; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly 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!
6417 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
Ex./OB Yes $ 60
SOLD
An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose from 1954: has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has a factory paint blemish and some box rub on the roof and that's it for flaws!
An "aerial" view.
This caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and original ends. In addition, there are no cracks -- and of course, it does light!
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases). This box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.
The 6417 caboose was made from 1954 to 1957 but the "Middle-Classic" box and the magnetic couplers (with engraved knuckle tops) date this piece as a 1954 item.

A nice caboose in a spectacular box!
Two different versions of the 6457 SP-type Caboose:
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 75 An illuminated, brown-painted SP-type caboose from late 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.
A couple of scratches and that's it for flaws! The caboose is sharp: 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 7+ original box (tears; creases; glue residue inside; writing).
Close-up of the preprinted "OPS" identification.
This box is clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct ("OPS" Classic) box for this caboose!
Another view of the box.

The 6457 caboose was sold from 1949-1952 but the black die-cast smokestack, bar-end trucks and "OPS" Classic" box all help to identify this caboose as a 1952 item. The preprinted (not stamped) "OPS" information helps to further date this caboose as a late 1952 piece.
File photo showing both the late "OPS" box with preprinted information & the early "OPS" box with stamped information.

A good-looking, premium caboose in a very presentable box! 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+/OB Yes $ 45 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 & "Middle Classic" box (with "OPS" stamping -- not preprinted) all help to identify this caboose as a 1951 leftover that was sold in early 1952.
File photo showing both the late "OPS" box with preprinted information & the early "OPS" box with stamped information.

A nice-looking, premium caboose! The 6457 caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.
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6517 Bay Window
Caboose
E++ Yes $ 65
SOLD
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.

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 lack of underscoring on the car body dates this piece as a 1956-59 item.

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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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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
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