Does your railroad use cabooses?

wt&c Aug 16, 2000

  1. wt&c

    wt&c Guest

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    Yes [​IMG] , cabooses are reqires on all trains fir rear end protection and for a "spotter" to watch out for the train where the Engineer can't see it. The railroad also has a F.R.E.D. on the cabooses.

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  2. ajy6b

    ajy6b TrainBoard Member

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    I use cabooses on my layout, since they were still being used in my era.

    My club does not use cabooses anymore for operating sessions, unless we decide to run a steam night.

    For our open houses we do use the caboose. This is necessary since the operator cannot walk with the train. We depend on spotters and radios during this time. If a train comes by without a caboose, then we know there is is a problem somewhere.

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  3. Robin Matthysen

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    I am old fashioned enough to keep cabooses in action. Why not? I like them and it is my railroad. Who knows what the future may bring but I am trying hard to keep my railroad in the steam era. [​IMG]

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  4. StickyMonk

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    <font color="336633">yeah i use cabooses on my Montana Central trains, and also on a few of the BN ones where they go over the Montana Central.

    although i had a few antenne spare so i just stuck one on a RS3 im repainting i dont know if i will put them on anything else or not, i like running cabooses when switching as it adds operation (and some hair pulling out when there is no where to put it)

    All of the Montana Central cabooses are recondtioned and have all side windows blocked in and have had air con fitted
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  5. Yes, the ECI uses cabooses to protect switching moves and shoves. The grain elevator does not use a caboose, but the ECI local does. Run throughs by the major players use a FRED.

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  6. Mankind

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    I've got some cabooses and intend to use them, mainly for locals, though. Since I model Espee in the late '80s - mid '90s, cabooses had pretty much disappeared from the mainline, surviving on locals and other jobs that require protection for rearward movements. Pretty much the way I intend to do things at my club; FRED's on the mainline, hacks on everything else.

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  7. atsfman

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    My ATSF, era 1989, uses some cabooses, mostly because I like the ATSF waycars. During operating sessions, transfer and locals doing intown switchers use waycars, and all unit trains (grain mostly) have waycars. The grain trains because several have all ATSF mineral brown cars and it is easy to spot if there has been a loss of cars somewhere. the missing waycar is the giveaway. I get a couple of smart remarks, but most ops, like me, appreciate the bright red ATSF waycars.
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  8. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I love cabooses. [​IMG]

    I am a Frisco man and it just wouldn't be the same without a caboose at the end of the train. It's like a hamburger with only half a bun without one! [​IMG]

    Charlie

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  9. Maxwell Plant

    Maxwell Plant TrainBoard Member

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    A railway without cabeese is like a day without sunshine. [​IMG] Although I model "Today", The AOW still uses some cabeese. My latest purchase was a "Pool" BN/FW&D extened vision from Atlas. I just couldn't resist that big white "P" on the side! I have four Santa Fe Red cabeese and two BN green and yellow. This is a great topic gang! Mind if I start it up on the N-Scale forum? I'll wait until I get the "HIGH-BALL"! [​IMG]

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  10. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    Freds are normally used but Chessie has a caboose standing by just in case.

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  11. Helitac

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    Yes I use cabeese,not only are they appropriate for the era I model,but I use manual turnout controls so the crew has to have somewhere to ride. [​IMG]

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  12. tunnel88

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    Well i have one BN caboose...

    I probably should go chase that last one that's still here in Denver and get some specs and stuff.
     
  13. friscobob

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by E-8:

    I am a Frisco man and it just wouldn't be the same without a caboose at the end of the train. It's like a hamburger with only half a bun without one! [​IMG]

    Charlie

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    Which is why every last Frisco freight train
    on my layout has a caboose on the end. On the
    O&NE, the only time cabooses aren't used is for car interchanges, switching the yard, and the occasional switching move when the shipper is not far away. Rule 93 is in effect in the Miami and Joplin city limits..



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  14. StickyMonk

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Maxwell Plant:
    A railway without cabeese is like a day without sunshine
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    <font color="336633">ohhhhh you mean like a typical summer's day in England.......


    oh BTW <big><big><big>HIGH-BALL!!</big></big></big>
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  15. Interwest

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    Cabeese????
    LOL
    Yes, IWRS still uses cabooses, but not as widely as others.
    All of our Local and Yard trains (esp in the North Coast/Home Division) are assigned a caboose, as most of our local jobs have a backup move into or out of the industrial areas.
    Also, trains that carry hazardous materials, or high/wide loads have a caboose on the rear.
    Military trains have 3 cabeese assigned, 2 on the rear and one between the engines and cars.
    The majority of our caboose fleet is still painted in the original owners colors, with only small IWRS marks and numbers:
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    BNSF
    SSW
    SP
    ATSF
    CR
    KCS (yes, still have 1) [​IMG]
    CP
    Repainting the entire fleet will take some time, as we still have several thousand locos and cars in the predecessor schemes (some with only our numbers and small IWRS marks). [​IMG]

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  16. Kermit

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    Absoultely! I model the 1978-1980 time frame so they fit perfectly. I love trains, but a train is just more fun if it has a caboose on the end!
     
  17. JCater

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    A non-passenger train in 1890 Colorado without a caboose would be asking for trouble [​IMG]!! I use four wheelers although I also have two way cars for heavy duty work. Cabeese (a GREAT term by the way [​IMG] ) are not only essential, it just would'nt be right to run a train without at least one!! Good luck and Happy Modeling!!
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  18. rray

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    Northern Pacific Transition Era! Need I say more? [​IMG]
     
  19. chessie4155

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    yepper ..all trains on the B&OSW have to run with a caboose..its still 1974 and we have five man crews stil working..
     
  20. BC Rail King

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    Yes, the Eastern British Columbia Rail Link has ful caboose operation on ALL trains. Even the switcher has a cabosse due to long back up movments to get to the second part of thw ye. All CPR trains that come onto the EBCRL part of the layout recieve an EBCRL caboose. They are mostly wide vision cabeese from Atlas.

    Happy Railroading,

    Dane N. [​IMG]
     

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