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This Web Page Last Updated: January 14, 2017

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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
6017
(-185)
A. T. & S. F.
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $135 A gorgeous, gray-painted SP-type caboose with red lettering from 1959-60: has a black body mold on the correct chemically-blackened tab frame plus early AAR trucks with one operating coupler. Catalogued by Lionel as "6017-185" although the caboose is actually numbered "6017" on the sides.
Photo of the other side.
Some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is completely intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp red lettering!
Photo of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 correct ("-185") original box (missing the "PUSH" tab; tears; creases; lots of tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Some flaws but the box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.

A rather scarce caboose in a very, very hard box to find!
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 6130 Santa Fe Work Caboose:
6130 Santa Fe
Work Caboose
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $140 Want something really unique for your collection? Here is a very, very unusual item from 1968: a sharp ATSF work caboose that was NEVER USED! Has 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.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original "Hagerstown" box (writing; tears; tape; minor stains).
Photo of the tissue paper and another view of the box.
A few imperfections but the box is clean, complete, square & sturdy plus it has the tan generic piece of tissue paper that Lionel used to take up slack in the over-sized box.

Only the third time we have ever surfaced a pale-red 6130 caboose with the bronze-colored frame! It is a RARE caboose in an extremely RARE box!
6130 Santa Fe
Work Caboose
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E+
Un-run
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Yes $ 65 An ATSF work caboose from the early 1960s that was NEVER USED: has a red-painted cab and red-painted tool tray plus a black-painted frame with white, rubber-stamped serif lettering and early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
A few scratches and that's about it for flaws! The cab & tool tray are very clean with sharp graphics, strong lettering and nice vibrant paint! The frame is also very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Two "aerial" views.

A very nice-looking, uncommon caboose; the 6130 ATSF is one of the few work cabooses offered by Lionel in the postwar era with a roadname other than D L & W.
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Two different versions of the 6257 SP Caboose:
6257Southern Pacific
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 25 The traditional "little old red caboose" -- a good-looking, SP caboose with white heat-stamped lettering from 1952:
Photo of the other side.
Tile-red version with one brakewheel, black-painted frame and bar-end trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws! It's completely intact and very clean with nice lettering!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; tape inside; minor writing). The box is solid: clean, square and sturdy. It is the correct, later-style "Middle Classic" box measuring 7 7/8 inches long.
Another view of the box.

If you need this caboose for a specific set or you just want a sharp piece to end your freight train, this inexpensive caboose is the answer!
6257Southern Pacific
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 18 The traditional "little old red caboose" -- a sharp, SP caboose with white heat-stamped lettering from 1948-51.
Photo of the other side.
Tile-red version with one brakewheel, black-painted frame and staple-end trucks with single magnetic coupler.
Photo of the roof.
Minimal flaws. It's a nice one -- very, very clean with nice crisp lettering!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (missing the interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; store advertising stamping). Some flaws but the box is clean, square and sturdy. It is the correct, later-style "Middle Classic" box measuring 7 7/8 inches long.
Another view of the box.
The old store advertising stampings provide a glimpse of the history of this item: it was originally sold by Rosewood Hobby Shop, a well-known store that was once located at 115 N. Wood Avenue in Linden, NJ!

If you need this caboose for a specific set or you just want a sharp piece to end your freight train, this inexpensive, boxed caboose is the answer! It is a very nice piece!
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6357 Lionel
Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 55 Illuminated, maroon SP-type caboose from 1955: version with circled "L" on the sides, "6357" on the left on each side, one brakewheel and a black, die-cast smokestack plus metal, bar-end trucks with single tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Has a light scratch on one side plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the roof.
The caboose is very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. It is completely intact -- and it does light!
Another view of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; some dirt; "aged" look). A few flaws but the box is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
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 II lettering, "Middle Classic" box, truck style and tab coupler all help to date this piece as a 1955 item!
6417 (-1)Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
E++/OB Yes $325 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.
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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!
6417-50 LEHIGH VALLEY
N5c Caboose
E+/OB Yes $225 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.
Common mounting screw hairline crack on one end (no plastic is missing) and that's about it for flaws! The caboose is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint! It has the original end railings -- and of course the caboose does light!.
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (missing one interior coupler flap; tears; creases; tape; writing; "aged" look). Even with the flaws, this box is solid: fairly clean, square & sturdy! It is also the correct "-50" box for the Lehigh Valley caboose.
Another view of the box.

One of the cleanest Lehigh valley cabooses we have ever had! It is a great-looking caboose in a very strong box!
Our Archives Page has more information on 6417-50 Lehigh Valley Cabooses.
6419 D. L. & W.
Work Caboose
E+/OB Yes $ 60 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 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.
6447 Pennsylvania
N5c Caboose
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Un-run
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Yes $725 One of the most sought-after postwar cabooses: the non-illuminated, Tuscan, porthole caboose from 1963 only! Has early AAR trucks with one operating coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very clean with crisp lettering and vibrant paint -- and it was NEVER USED! The end railings are original and all intact -- plus there are no screw cracks!
Photo of the roof.

The 6447 was a component of only one catalogued set -- and it was a "Super O" outfit besides! The 6447 was never included in any promotional sets or uncatalogued outfits! It was the "Plain Jane" porthole caboose of the postwar era and now it is a prize! This one is a very nice, high-quality piece!
Two different versions of the 6457 SP-type Caboose:
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E++/OB Yes $ 85
SOLD
Illuminated, maroon-painted (NOT brown) SP-type caboose from 1952 only with bar-end trucks and 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 views of the roof.
Minimal flaws! It is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice vibrant paint -- and it does light!
File photo showing a maroon 6457 and a brown 6457.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (small tears; minor stains; writing in pencil).
Another view of the box.
The box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere! It is the correct ("OPS" Classic) box for this caboose!
Photo of the preprinted identification of the OPS 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.

A very nice caboose that does not show up that often and in a scarce box! Check your collection! We have had many brown 6457 cabooses over the years but very few maroon ones. It is also only the second 6457 "OPS" Classic box we have ever had!
6457 Lionel
Caboose
E+ Yes $ 35 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 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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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 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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