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This Web Page Last Updated: January 21, 2020

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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
2420 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $110 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
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $135 A "B and M" (SP-type) caboose from 1965 that was NEVER USED! Has a medium-blue, semi-gloss painted body with ladder slots and with white heat-stamped lettering on a black mold. Has a chemically blackened tab frame plus late AAR trucks; unusual version with one operating coupler and one fixed coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6017-100" but only "6017" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Minor box rub on the roof plus a couple of very light surface scuffs and that's about it for flaws!
An "aerial" view.
This caboose is gorgeous: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and beautiful graphics.
Another "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; scuffs; tape inside; amateur repairs; glue residue; writing).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but this very-hard-to-find box is clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the front of the box.

A sharp-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 "Picture" box and trucks help to identify this piece as a 1965 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!
6167 Lionel Lines Caboose E+ Yes $ 15 The traditional "little old red caboose" -- an unpainted red Lionel Lines SP-type caboose from 1963-64 with a galvanized tab frame. Has late AAR trucks with one operating coupler and one fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A few light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is all intact and very clean with nice crisp lettering!
An "aerial" view.
The "plain Jane" of its era -- this caboose has no deluxe features.
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!
Two different versions of the 6417 Pennsylvania N5c Caboose:
6417 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $110 An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose from 1954 that was NEVER USED! Has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Small paint chip on one side of the cupola and that's it for flaws! This caboose is sharp: very, very clean with gorgeous lettering, vibrant paint, original ends and no cracks.
Photo of the roof.
We "bench tested" the caboose and it does light! Has the original inspection slip!
Photo of the inspection slip and another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; scrapes; dirt; glue residue). The box is solid: complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

Sharp caboose in a very presentable box!
6417 (-1) Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $375 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.
Some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! The caboose 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 7 original box (writing on both end flaps; tears; glue residue; scuffs; some stains; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! 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.
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6417-25 =========
Lionel Lines

N5c Caboose
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E+/OB Yes $110
SOLD
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.
Common hairline screw crack on one end plus a little box rub and that's about it for flaws! It's a very, very clean piece with crisp lettering and nice, vibrant paint plus it has original end railings -- and of course, it does light!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; tape inside; mildly distorted). Some imperfections but the box is clean, complete, fairly square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

The one-year-only 6417-25 is much harder to find than the 6417 Pennsylvania caboose or the 6427 Lionel Lines caboose!
6417-50 LEHIGH VALLEY
N5c Caboose
E+/OB Yes $275 Illuminated, gray-painted, porthole caboose from just one set in 1954 only! Has red heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of light surface scratchers plus some box rub in the corners of the roof and glue showing on the roof underside where the end railing is held in place.
Photo of the roof.
The caboose is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. It has the original end railings -- and of course the caboose does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; writing; smudges; tape; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
A few flaws but the box is complete, square & sturdy. It is also the correct "-50" box for the Lehigh Valley caboose.
Photo of the front of the box.

It is a great-looking caboose in a decent box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6417-50 Lehigh Valley Cabooses.
6419
(-100)
N & W
Work Caboose
E+ Yes $160 The scarce Norfolk and Western work caboose from 1957-58:
Photo of the other side.
Has the original un-painted gray cab with black, heat-stamped lettering and the original unpainted-gray tool boxes. The gray-painted die-cast frame has black lettering and bar-end trucks with dual operating tab couplers.
An "aerial" view.
A few light scratches and that's about it for flaws! This caboose is very, very clean with strong lettering -- both on the cab and on the frame!

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.
6427
(-60)
VIRGINIAN
N5c Caboose
E+ Yes $475
SOLD
One of the most desirable and nicest looking cabooses made by Lionel in the postwar era: the Virginian -- an illuminated, blue-painted, porthole caboose with yellow heat-stamped lettering from 1958 only! Has bar-end trucks with single tab coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6427-60" but only "6427" appears on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
A couple of muted (but very readable) letters in the built date section on one side plus a few light surface scratches and that's it for flaws! The caboose is very clean with sharp lettering and nice vibrant paint -- plus there are no cracks. The end railings are original and all intact -- plus the caboose does light!
Two views of the roof.

A scarce caboose -- one that we have not had for sale in over six years!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6427-60 Virginian Cabooses.
6437 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
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E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $125 A sharp, illuminated, Tuscan, porthole caboose from 1964-65 that was NEVER USED! Has white, heat-stamped lettering plus AAR trucks with a single operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Just stunning! It is completely intact and very, very clean with spectacular lettering and nice vibrant paint! The end railings are original and all intact! We "bench tested" the caboose and it does light!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original "Picture" box (tears; creases).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is one of the nicest 6437 boxes we have ever had!

The 6437 Caboose was sold from 1961 to 1968 but the trucks style and box help to date this item as a 1964-65 piece.

Just a beautiful caboose in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information about 6437 Pennsylvania Cabooses.
6557 Smoke Caboose E+/OB Yes $260 The illuminated, Tuscan-painted "LIONEL" SP-type smoking caboose from 1958-59: has white, heat-stamped lettering (with number on left) and the original smoke deflector plus bar-end trucks with single operating tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the edge of the roof and cupola's catwalk and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the roof.
The caboose is sharp: completely intact and very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. It lights and smokes well.
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (two inner flaps are not original to this box; tears; slits; writing; creases; tape; scuffs). A few flaws but the box has both end flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

A great-looking caboose in a fairly presentable box -- the 6557 is always a great layout piece!
6657 Rio Grande Caboose E+/OB Yes $240 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.
Photo of the other side of this very-photogenic caboose.
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.
Two views of the roof.
Some minor scratches plus a little box rub and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering, gorgeous striping, nice shiny silver and intact decals -- and it does light!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; slits; glue residue). A few flaws but the box is clean, 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 sharp and it is in a very presentable 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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