Production: 1961 - 1969
The 6059 M. & St. L. (Minneapolis & St. Louis) caboose is a common caboose. Lionel manufactured it throughout the entire 1960's and was included in numerous catalogued and uncatalogued sets, as well as being a separate sale item. This is an extremely easy caboose to acquire in nice condition as there were so many produced. Although there are several variations, only one can be considered hard to locate.
Standard features of the 6059 included; AAR trucks, black frame, black end-railings without a brakewheel and AAR trucks. Although the AAR trucks are standard, variations include:
- Either the early or late style AAR trucks
- Usually with a single coupler, but sometimes dual couplers were installed
- Any combination of operating or non-operating couplers.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Molded Tuscan - First photo above - Not as common as one might expect and slightly harder to find compared to the common molded red variation.
Molded Red (Second photo) The most common version of the 6059 caboose.
Painted Red (Third photo)- The hardest variation to locate and although not rare, it is difficult to locate a painted red version in collectable condition. Experienced collectors believe this was manufactured as part of the earlier production run in 1961.