I have acquired a Lionel #6257, Type 3, SP caboose, circa 1956. This caboose came with bar end trucks and a magnetic tab uncoupler. It was the caboose used in the #1545 44 ton set of 1956 along with a 6424 flatcar, 6014 Baby Ruth boxcar and 6025 black Gulf tank car. My issue is with the caboose. One one side the lettering "Lionel" is under the 3 windows. On the opposite side the lettering "Lionel" is under the single window. Neither the Krause nor Greenberg books list this as a variation. Some forum members on other sites state that it's supposed to be this way. I have six 6257 cabooses and NONE are lettered opposite . Can some one offer any advice?
Looks like a factory error. Both sides were stamped with the same print head rather than a left and a right.
Well the answer is....this is a 6257-50 caboose, 1956 only, with bar end trucks and one magnetic tab uncoupler. The printing on this car was reversible so yes in fact it was printed with the same print head.
Your variation is mentioned on these pages: