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This Web Page Last Updated: May 25, 2020

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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 $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
(-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!
6059 M & St L Caboose Ex. Yes $ 35 A Minneapolis & St. Louis (SP-type) caboose -- the earlier production, painted-red version from 1961 only!
Photo of the other side.
Has white, heat-stamped lettering plus a black, tab frame with early AAR trucks and one operating coupler.
Photo of the roof.
Has box rub on the cupola catwalk as well as on other high spots on the roof and edges of the steps plus the metal frame tabs have paint loss.
Another view of the roof.
The caboose is sharp as it is completely intact and very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering!
Photo of both ends.

We have not had a painted 6059 for sale in over seven years as it is a very difficult item to find.
6357 S P Caboose E++/OB Yes $ 55 Illuminated, tile red, Southern Pacific caboose from 1949-51.
Photo of the other side.
Version with one brakewheel, no smokestack and staple-end trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the roof.
One paint chip on the cupola plus some minor paint loss on one end railing and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with crisp lettering and 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; "aged" look). The box is very presentable: clean, complete, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Another view of the box.

We have had very few tile-red, early version "S P" 6357 cabooses over the years as they are much harder to find than the later "LIONEL" 6357 cabooses that were sold from 1953 to 1961.
6417 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 55 An illuminated, Tuscan-painted, porthole caboose from 1954:
Photo of the other side.
Has white heat-stamped lettering plus bar-end trucks with dual magnetic couplers.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! This caboose is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint and intact original ends. In addition, there are no cracks -- 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; track pin marks; writing; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look). Some flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy.
Another view of the box.

Gorgeous caboose in a presentable box!
6417-50 LEHIGH VALLEY
N5c Caboose
E+/OB Yes $275
SOLD
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 scratches 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.
Two different versions of the 6419 D. L. & W. Work Caboose:
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
VG Yes $ 20 Work caboose from 1948-50 with tall smokestack and light-gray painted frame. Has a die-cast frame, steps, handrails, brakewheels and ladder plus staple-end trucks with two magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Scratch on one side and some box rub in spots plus one of the tool boxes is chipped. The caboose is clean overall with very strong lettering on both the cab and the frame.
An "aerial" view.
The 6419 was sold from 1948 to 1950 and then again from 1952 to 1955 (with bar-end trucks) but the staple-end trucks help to date this caboose as a 1948-50 item!

An all-original deluxe caboose that is perfect item for an operator: clean -- and priced barely above the value of the trucks!
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+++

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Yes $ 25 Work caboose from 1954-55 with tall smokestack and light-gray painted frame. Has a die-cast frame, steps, handrails, brakewheels and ladder plus bar-end trucks with two magnetic couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Repro tool boxes and cab (unpainted light-gray with black lettering).
An "aerial" view.
A gorgeous-looking caboose that is perfect item for an operator: completely intact and very, very clean -- and very inexpensive!
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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.
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.
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E- Yes $ 25
SOLD
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.
Photo of the roof.
A couple of small paint chips plus some paint loss around the smokestack and that's about it for flaws; the caboose is very, 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 smokestack and staple-end trucks help to identify this caboose as a 1949-51 item.

A good-looking caboose. This premium caboose has long been a favorite with both collectors and operators.

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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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