Aug 5, 2015
Amen to that!
I really like what Atlas and Athearn have done with cabooses.
I always used to chuckle on the foobie schemes that Con-Cor did. I had a Con-Cor bay window caboose on my piggyback train back in the 70's, and it was a total foobie. That is, until the Santa Fe bought the TP&W in 1983 and repainted their bay windows into the scheme above. That really did exist, if only on a couple cars, for about five years.
Have three here at the house. None are finished so i will show what i have. Dan
I like two cabooses in a train, one immediately behind the tender of the steam locomotive and the other at the end. I remember this as a normal practice on the B&O branchline in my home village. I think the reason was it put a crew close to boxcars with LCL freight to unload same at the depot.
I've seen it done. The train was a branch line operation, where the last siding was too short. When they reached the next to last station, (which had a much longer siding), they just ran the power around to the other end, then shoved the train to the last station.
A few of my cabooses.
My Cabooses are in Service
Will start with this one that I have started bashing into one of the NP's combination LCL cabeese. They had two varieties, one like this will be and one with the freight door at the short end. Started with a MT wooden cab. Hope to get 'er done this year....which may be a stretch as busy as life and business has been!
This will be an interesting to follow project!
It is my understanding that on the B&O branch line from Beardstown via Flora to Shawneetown, Illinois the two caboose train was used to put a crew near the less than car load box car to unload the freight. Beecher City, one stop, eventually had no depot, just a 3 sided shelter and no local agent. This also put a crew in position to throw switches for sidings so cars count be set off or picked up from the local grain elevator.
Here are a couple we have sitting on the mainline..
I would like to see more of your B&O rolling stock and locomotives from this era. I model B&O however primarily from the 1940s. Thanks.
Chessie 3246 and C&O 3289
Those are very nice! Love the weathering! Very well done!
First off; those GN hacks that come north on the trice weekly shunt...
The cupola of one of my MTL cabooses was damaged, so I removed it and and roof walks, then added thin styrene cover for a new roof. Re-attached roof walk.
.and then some CPR vans...
I'll bite with this one. Some of you have seen it before but here is my favorite and it just won 1st place at the NSE convention.
Thanks , Mike