D.L. & W or N. & W.
Work Caboose
1948 - 1957

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The 6419 work caboose is a premium work caboose that was produced by Lionel for several years. It's inclusion in many catalogued sets, as well as being a separate sale item, makes this an easy caboose to acquire.

Most 6419s were produced with the D.L. & W. (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) roadname. However, for its final year of production, the 6419 wore N. & W. (Norfolk and Western) lettering. This final version is an extremely difficult caboose to find. Although the N. & W. appears in some 1958 Lionel literature, it is believed that excess inventory from 1957 was sold in 1958 and the item was never manufactured by Lionel in 1958.

Because of it's realistic appearance, excellent detail and high quality construction, the 6419 remains in demand by both collectors and operators.

The 6419 caboose included metal trucks with dual operating couplers, a die-cast frame, simulated tool bins, a die-cast brakewheel at each end, metal hand-railings at each end, metal ladder, plastic cab and usually a tall die-cast smokestack.

Beginning in 1954, Lionel began to change the standard features of the caboose. Variations include modifications to one or several of the following: a single operating coupler, short die-cast smokestack or unpainted tool boxes and cab. Although these variations did regularly occur, there is a minimal difference in marketvalue.

The N. & W. caboose included all of the initial standard feature of the 6419 with the exception of the smokestack -- it's always a short smokestack. The number on the N. & W. caboose is always '576419'.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

D.L. & W. Painted Caboose with dual couplers - Serif Lettered version shown in the photo above - The most common version of the 6419 work caboose.
D.L. & W. Painted Caboose with single coupler - Generally viewed as 1954 or 1955 production.
D.L. & W. Unpainted Caboose with dual couplers - Generally viewed as 1956 production.
D.L. & W. Unpainted Caboose with single coupler - Generally viewed as 1956 production.
N. & W. Work Caboose - Available in 1957 and 1958. Production is assumed to be only in 1957 with 1958 being leftover inventory from the prior year.

6419 Work Caboose
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
D.L. & W. Painted with Dual Couplers 1948 - 1954 :'6419-25' Middle Classic Box 1954 - 1956
D.L. & W. Painted with Single Coupler 1954 - 1955 :'6419' OPS Stamped 1952
D.L. & W. Unpainted with Dual Couplers 1956:~ ~ ~ ~~
D.L. & W. Unpainted with Single Coupler 1956:~ ~ ~ ~~
N. & W. Work Caboose 1957 :~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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6419 Work Caboose
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Available inventory as of Mon Apr 27 03:00:01 2015 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 48.00Here's a clean, complete, undamaged work caboose with bar-end trucks and dual functional couplers. This caboose would look great behind and work train on your layout.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$107.00Up for sale is a hard to find variation from the late 1950's. This D.L. & W. work caboose is the -50 variation with dual operating couplers and a short caboose stack.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$349.00Now available for sale is the hard-to-find N & W work caboose. This caboose is in near-new condition and barely shows any signs of usage. The exterior colors are vibrant and the side lettering is perfect.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$ 45.00Wed Feb 19 05:55:49 2014 Now available is a complete, undamaged work caboose from the early 1950's. This one has staple-end trucks and only a few minor surface nicks and marks from usage. Overall, a clean item with solid lettering.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$ 75.00Tue Dec 16 20:19:06 2014 This is a very clean, all-original work caboose that is free of nicks and damage. This caboose has strong lettering and vibrant exterior colors on both the tool bins and caboose.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$120.00Sun Dec 16 11:38:09 2012 This work caboose is extremely clean, all original and only has minor paint rub marks on the high areas. The condition is close to 8. Also included is a Middle Classic box with original insert.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+$ 98.00Sun Jan 22 06:41:47 2012 Up for sale is stunning, all-original caboose from the mid-1950's. This caboose has bar-end trucks and an gorgeous original cab and tool boxes. The trucks are free of rust and oxidation and the exterior color is vibrant and the lettering is crisp.
All Aboard Train Shoppe10/OB$335.00Mon Jun 4 06:13:21 2012 Up for sale is the hard-to-find N & W work caboose. This caboose is unrun and truly in Mint condition, it shows no signs of ever being on the track. The exterior colors are pristine and the side lettering is perfect.
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