N scale logging caboose

JoeTodd Nov 12, 2018

  1. JoeTodd

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    I'm looking for a shell or a kit to fit on a micro trains disconnect log car. Just a little shack. For my conductor to sit. Out of the cold and rain. Help me please. Maby shapeways. Thanks jt
     
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  3. John Moore

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  4. Dave McDonald

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    I have one of these I use behind a Shay and a few 30' log cars.
     

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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Logging cabooses were rather a wide assortment. It might depend upon era chosen. Home built, used from another operation or right on up to Class "1". You can create anything you'd like, and stand little chance of being far from reality.
     
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    This seems like a fun little scratchbuild project to me!
     
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    Thanks guys looks like a scratch build project for me.
     
  8. brokemoto

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    Try either the MT Civil War era caboose or the B-mann boom tender. The latter has truss rods, although it is fifty feet. The latter is basically a wood structure on a flat car. The former is not.
     
  9. Hansel

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    I have one of these Bachmann cabooses and I have been contemplating converting it to a 2 truck version. Has anyone done this?
     
  10. John Moore

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    I often used to find these little bobbers cheap at shows. Several have been mounted on short flat cars of 36 and forty foot. I repurposed a left over under frame into one of these.

    It is part of this. An Aveling Porter steam tractor converted the rail use.
     
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    Here's what I did with a Bachmann bobber caboose for my logging line. A word of warning, I don't know what kind of plastic these are made of, but they don't take standard model glue well. I wound up cutting off the cupola, sanding off the roofwalks, drilling a bunch of holes in the roof and laminating a thin sheet of aluminum from a soda can to the roof with epoxy. I then added a Micro-Trains smokejack, paint, and decals.
     
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  14. JoeTodd

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    This is what I have in mind. Already have the trucks.
     

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    Here are my two short line cabooses that run on my non-historic railroad. The one with the cupola is the Arnold boom tender. The one without is the B-mann boom tender.

    I did add a platform to the back of the B-mann, as there is a door in the back. I cut it from some junky old caboose and used Loc-Tite to affix it to the back. As you can see it is basically a shelter on a fifty foot flatcar. the flatcar even has truss rods.

    I once bought a bunch of MT trucks at a show for very little. Included was set of MT arch bar trucks with the super long extensions. For many years, I wondered what use I, or anyone, ever might have for those things. The truck on the "caboose" end is one of those. That on the other is a regular MT archbar truck and coupler. For some reason, MT sells the archbars only with the regular and extra long extensions on the couplers. It does not sell one with a medium.

    I did add an MT railing to the back of the Arnold car. I left the stirrups, as I have seen short line cabooses with stirrups instead of steps.

    Do take note of the RS Laser Kits. I HIGHLY recommend RS Laser Kits. They are EXCELLENT kits. He has great kits for the nineteenth century that also work for logging or industrial applications, They are not difficult to assemble, either.

    Your log car is very good, as well.
     
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