Lionel 2682 caboose from 1938-42:
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The 1677/1678/1679/1680/1682 series of freight cars originated with the Ives Company, which was taken over by Lionel and American Flyer in the early 1930's. Lionel updated these cars with their trucks and couplers, added their name to the lithography, and began selling them with their less expensive sets. These sets, along with Ives track, became the O-27 line for Lionel.
When Lionel incorporated operating couplers the numbering changed. The 1682 caboose became the 2682, and so forth. This series of cars is very common and inexpensive...I picked up this one recently from eBay for less than ten dollars.
Note:: If you find a 1678 stock car grab it...those are extremely rare and go for big bucks!!!