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LIONEL 500 Series #517 Caboose Pre-War Standard Gauge --(Sorry SOLD)
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LIONEL 500 Series #517 Caboose Pre-War Standard Gauge --(Sorry SOLD)
LIONEL #517 Caboose - Pre-War Standard Gauge

The Lionel 500 Series cars are impressive, both from a size standpoint as well as from their bright colors and brass accents. Our favorite Greenberg's book tells us that this series was first introduced in 1927, and was manufactured until about 1940. The cars in this series were built on an 11-1/2" frame, have deeply embossed sides and brighter colors than their predecessors. We are currently offering several cars in this series for sale.

This car is the Lionel #517 Caboose, and boasts a Pea Green body, a bright Red roof, and a Pea Green cupola. It has a black frame, latch couplers on both ends, and 500 series trucks with copper journals. The observation deck railings are brass, along with the window frames and name plates. The plates read "Lionel" and "No. 517" and are present on both sides. The Lionel #517 measures 11-1/2" long by 3-3/4" wide by 5-1/4" high.

The trucks are fastened to the frame with a cotter pin passing through a king pin, indicating this one of the earlier cars. The rear set of trucks has a power pick-up with wire leading to a light socket. There is no bulb in the socket. Both sets of trucks have copper journals. The wheels are all intact, with some powdery rust on the rear ones, while the front wheels appear to be possibly a bit newer.

Looking at the underside, there is no Lionel sticker or nameplate.

Considering the estimated 70 year age of this car, I am amazed at the nice condition. These were designed for children to play with, yet it has survived without the rust and dents and such one would expect. If it has been repaired or restored in any way, it has been with the utmost care.

Please note: We have not tested any of the model trains on the website, as I unfortunately lack the knowledge to test them without damaging them, and I do not have the necessary track or transformers. I can say that the trains currently on this site came from a single collection in my family, and the owner would have likely maintained them. However, I must state that they are sold "as is". I try very hard to accurately describe the items on this site. However, if you have any questions, please email us by using the Contact tab on our Home page. I will be happy to provide additional pictures and answer any questions you may have.
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