Production: 1946 & 1947
The 2472 was a carry-over tin-plate caboose design from Lionel's prewar era. This caboose -- and its cousin, the lighted 2457 -- were the only cabooses available from Lionel during the first few years of postwar production.
Although the 2472 has a definate toy-like appearance, there remains a special charm and attraction to these items. Even today, some individuals focus their collecting efforts on Lionels initial postwar production years -- generally defined as 1945 to 1949.
The 2472 is a nice caboose but with minimal detail. Standard features include: painted red bodies with white lettering, staple-end trucks with a single operating coil coupler, metal end railings, metal ladder at each end and a small single step by each corner.
The actual number on the side of the caboose is '477618.' To see Lionel's catalogue number '2457', you must turn the caboose upside-down and look at the metal frame.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The 2472 was produced with and without Eastern Div. printed on the sides. It is assumed the version without the Eastern Div. lettering was produced in 1947.
Pennsylvania, with 'Eastern Div.' - Shown in the photo above - A common version.
Pennsylvania, without 'Eastern Div.' - A very difficult variation to locate.
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