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This Web Page Last Updated: September 9, 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
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
(-100)
Boston
&
Maine

Caboose
E+/OB Yes $135
SOLD
A "B and M" (SP-type) caboose from 1959: medium-blue, semi-gloss version with white heat-stamped lettering on a black mold. Has a chemically blackened tab frame plus early AAR trucks with one operating coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6017-100" but only "6017" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the roof plus the "0' in "6017" is muted (but very readable) on one side. That's about it for flaws! It is very clean with nice vibrant paint and strong graphics overall.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; panel partially separated; tape inside; glue residue; mildly distorted; missing the "PUSH" tab).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but this very-hard-to-find box is clean, fairly square and sturdy.
Photo of the front panel.

A good-looking caboose in a very presentable box. The 6017 B & M Caboose was sold in 1959 and then again in 1962, 1965 and 1966. However, the box and trucks help to identify this piece as a 1959 item.
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!
6119
(-50)
D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 90
SOLD
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
SOLD
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!
6257 (-25)Lionel
Caboose
E+ Yes $ 20 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!
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!

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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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