Lionel Lines
SP-Type Caboose
1951 - 1962

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The 6017 has the distinction of having the second longest production period of any Lionel caboose in the postwar era. The only caboose to outlive the 12-year life of the 6017 is the 6357 caboose.

The 6017 underwent almost every Lionel production change -- for an SP caboose -- during the twelve years. For simplicity reasons this page will discuss the common variations along with a few rare ones mentioned for reference purposes.

The 6017 is one of the most common Lionel items. It was included in numerous catalogued and uncatalogued sets as well as being available for separate sale. Locating a 6017 caboose is an easy task. Trying to acquire every variation will take months, if not years or searching. Two well known caboose collectors have been collecting variations to the 6017 for years. Each have accumulated over 50 variations of it, and the end is still not in sight! Almost all variations focus on the color of the mold or color of the painted shell.

The 6017 was introduced in 1951 as the entry level caboose. Detail was sparce and the 6017 only included the basics. Standard features were: painted or unpainted bodies, white lettering and a single operating coupler.

Early 1950 versions included bar-end trucks. Beginning in 1957, AAR trucks became the standard. Additionally, all 6017s manufactured up to and including 1956 were attached to the frame with a screw at each end of the shell. Beginning in 1957, a metal tab which was bent over replaced the screws at each end.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The only unusual 6017 caboose is a one year only item from 1956. This variation deals with the lettering on the side of the caboose. It only contains the word 'Lionel' and does not include the word 'Lines'. Collectors do actively seek this cabose and it will command a slight premium in today's marketplace.

The length of this caboose is approximately 7" long (coupler to end).

None of the versions listed below can be considered hard to fine. However, as stated above, there are numerous variations involving the mold color and paint color.

Lionel Lines, Bar-end Trucks - The main entry level caboose used by Lionel from 1951 to 1957.
Lionel, Bar-end Trucks - A one year only variation from 1956. Collector do actively seek this variation and is not easy to locate.
6017 - Lionel Lines, AAR Trucks - Shown in the photo above - The main beginner caboose used by Lionel from 1958 to 1962.

6017 Lionel Lines Caboose
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Lionel Lines, Bar-end Trucks 1951 - 1957:Middle Classic 1951 - 1955
Lionel, Bar-end Trucks 1956:Late Classic 1956 - 1958
Lionel Lines, AAR Trucks 1958 - 1962:Late Classic, Reddish/Orange 1957
Several Different 6017s Var.:Bold Classic 1958
~ ~ ~ ~~:Perforated Panel 1959 - 1960
~ ~ ~ ~~:Orange Picture 1961 - 1962

Inventory For Sale
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6017 Lionel Lines Caboose
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Available inventory as of Mon Feb 8 03:00:01 2016 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$ 24.00This is a clean, tuscan-colored caboose for sale with bar-end trucks and a tab coupler. The exterior lettering is clean and white while the frame and trucks are clean and free of rust and oxidation.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$ 28.00Up for sale is a mid-1950's caboose. The exterior lettering is nice and white and the frame and trucks are clean and free of rust and oxidation. Even the original box is in nice condition.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$ 58.00Up for sale is a near-new caboose produced by Lionel in the late 1950's. The exterior brown color is pristine and the lettering clean, white and in perfect condition. Even the original box is solid, complete and compliments the caboose.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$ 76.00Up for sale is a brand new, never used, truly Mint caboose from the late 1950's. The exterior colors and lettering are pristine and there's not a nick, mark nor blemish on the caboose nor box.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$ 77.00Now available for sale is a brand new, never used Lionel Lines caboose from 1958. Included is a new Bold Classic box that is as solid as a brick and includes all interior and exterior flaps.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$ 92.00Here's a hard-to-find, brand new red caboose from 1950. Included is a nice Middle Classic box that is solid, complete and only has one piece of tape on the interior of one tuck flap. Also included is the original inspection tag!
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 8.00Sun Mar 22 10:47:42 2015 Up for sale is a complete brown caboose produced by Lionel in the late 1950's. This one has a clean frame and includes complete and undamaged AAR trucks.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$140.00Sat Aug 30 16:28:18 2014 Up for sale is the rare, glossy painted caboose over an orange mold. This caboose is in great condition with the painted exterior being clean and vibrant.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$ 75.00Thu Jul 25 20:22:41 2013 This is a gorgeous, near-new, barely used caboose with clean, crisp exterior lettering and a pristine brown exterior color. The caboose is free of nicks and blemish and there is certainly no rust nor oxidation on the trucks, wheels nor couplers.
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