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Old 11-11-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
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Cabooses have feelings too

Those ugly step sisters
Bridesmaids of the rails.


For the most part, (back in the day) an entire freight train always got a wide-eyed notice, until the caboose went by.
It was more-or-less only a signal that the fun was over.

Car spotters looked for their favorite billboard boxcars and road names, detail purists scouted the train for anomalous oddities, and photo bugs clicked away at a fever pitch.
But then the caboose went by, and everybody turned around.
It's kind of the same way on a model layout.

I'm a caboose fan. Ever since I was a young boy I've been enamored of them. The other kids in the hobby all seemed to ignore them, as though they were only necessary to complete a set of something, like dishes.

My era layout will have at least one yard track devoted to them. Each caboose has it's own special place and time for deployment... for even incidental or minor purposes, e.g., deadheading ('tail wagging').
There are two to four cabs each of four different railroads serving my operations, and each one has a place in the scheme.

I didn't spend a lot on them -- they're all low to mid-priced models, but each one is tuned to roll, and (in one way or another) is treated with the same attention as any premium car.

Proto... Athearn RTR... Centralia... MDC.

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Old 11-11-2019, 09:41 AM   #2
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In the 13 years I worked for the RR my fondest times were spent in the caboose. We had lunch there everyday, rested in the bunks while waiting hours for passenger trains to clear, planned our switching for the day, and played cards when nothing was going on.

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I have 5 of these Point St. Charles cabooses that C.N. used.....they are fully lighted; interiors, marker lights.....

And now very hard to find.....

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Those are beauties!
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:05 PM   #5
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I have 5 of these Point St. Charles cabooses that C.N. used....

And now very hard to find.....

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Especially in Alaska paint. ARR bought three of them from CN back in 2000. I've only seen one for sale in HO and, if I recall correctly, it was going for $300-400 or so.
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They were $94.99 when released....
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By 1981, all Cotton Belt wides had been repainted in SP Freightcar Red. Looks quite a bit different than they did in the '50's.
IMO, not as attractive.
However, this newer Athearn RTR release is nice.
I'll buy one, and weather it like #45.

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Love that wood sided RI caboose! The RI is kind of special to me, because my Dad worked for them when I was a kid.
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I did not go looking for cabooses but I ended up with quite a few. Now I’m actually trying to find engines to pair up with them. Btw it’s called a Crummy Track:
https://www.modeltrainforum.com/showthread.php?t=182588
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:27 PM   #10
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These Proto and Atlas models are being repainted & lettered for the Lake City Line, a private road.
They're nicely detailed.

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