Show me your Caboose

Rachel Jan 29, 2018

  1. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    I have been working on this Pacific Electric flat top caboose, it is a kitbash of a Micro Trains wood caboose...I have custom decals on order
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  2. Junior Flores

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    I have a little bit of a caboose fetish. In my railroad all freight trains will always have a caboose regardless of era.

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  3. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    That's what I'm talking about! My boyfriend is the same tho. Do you have a favorite? The one we've decided to scratchbuild has some meaning to us, plus it's beautiful lol

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  4. Shortround

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    Having lived just north of East Troy, WI and south of Green Bay, WI I've been able to see and explore several old style cabooses. I'm switching over from N to HO and have been looking for an older style myself. The ones on the internet seem rather pricey as are the local shows.
    I like montanan's 'drover caboose' and do have the car to maybe use to build it. Originally I wanted to build a layout like "Pettycoat Junction" - "Green Acres" but can't find the correct engine or luggage-passenger car. Mainly replace the roof or find one without the clerestory windows.
    Best wishes with your search.
     
  5. Randy Stahl

    Randy Stahl TrainBoard Supporter

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    FYI, I grew up in East Troy Wis.

    There were several kit makers back in the day that made kits for nearly every style of caboose you could want. Search for Ambroid kits.

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  6. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    There's a ton of those on ebay! Y'all are the best, thank you for all your advice!

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  7. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions Rachel and Randy. I don't know about kits as my right hand has arthritis from damages, I haven't been on e-bay since 2000 when they got their own banking and most of the kits on there only show the box they come in and not the results. But I'll check into it farther after looking further for finished models.
    I also want to get one of those little bobbers with two axles for my logging train.
     
  8. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    I understand arthritis. Even at 30, bc of my job my hands are bad. There quite a few listings with the box open to see parts. It looks fairly manageable. I'm going to get some and see how it goes. Ebay had some nice listings for bobbers tho (already complete) lol. Ebay isn't what it used to be. I stopped using it for the same reason

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  9. RailMix

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    Actually, the equipment used on "Petticoat Junction" was Sierra Railway No. 3 along with the short passenger cars once used on Sierra's Angels branch. These were the prototypes for Mantua/Tyco's 1890 ten wheeler and passenger cars. These can still often be found at train shows for a reasonable price if you are still interested.
     
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  10. Shortround

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    When I did have that desire I did research and looked for a working "Rogers" engine and small passenger car but, were not to be found. Now I have a similar "Consolidated" 4-6-0 coal burner in DCC with sound and a car with 7 passenger windows instead of 5. Along with a larger baggage car and full coach. Along with two ice boxes for party supplies. :whistle:

    Today at the Menard's I got to talking with one of the ladies in paint. She said her step-grandpa had a railroad and put the children's names on a car. She was the youngest so she became "Caboose". :LOL:

    See ya'll around.
    Richard (3rd of 12)
     
  11. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    That's really cute!! That's quite an idea...

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  12. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Common N scale Santa Fe caboose with a little bit of paint and weathering to bring out details.

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    Another Atlas N caboose with marker light detail parts added to make it "street legal".

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    I have bought these styles of cabeese in whatever rodnames. All Santa Fe standard body style. I call it "5 and 3" because they have 5 windows 1 side, 3 the other. Little by litte, I paint them in 1950s Santa Fe paint. Meaning I ALSO repaint the Santa Fe marked cabooses with the big round herald too modern for 1957-58.
     
  13. Kenneth L. Anthony

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    Up into the 1950s, Santa Fe ran mixed trains on a number of branches with combines designated as "Coach, baggage and Caboose." A clerk fumbled the words and called it "Coach, CABBAGE and Caboose" and that became the title of a book that outlines DOZENS of the cars. One prototype car closely matches an old Rivarossi read-to-run N model.
     
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  14. nscalestation

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    Some of my cabooses, they are habit forming.

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  15. Kenneth L. Anthony

    Kenneth L. Anthony TrainBoard Member

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    The new N layout I am building has a dedicated caboose track, first time I have worked a caboose track into the plan.
     
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  16. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    I love this! Please keep me posted on how it turns out!

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  17. RailMix

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    That style of caboose is also OK in orange with a big white GT noodle on it, since (in 1971, I think), Grand Trunk Western acquired a number of them from the Santa Fe. Now retired, they are on display in numerous small towns across Michigan. I need to do one of these. Just haven't gotten to it yet.
    BTW, since I work in the city during the week, I'm 90 miles from my caboose fleet right now. Will try to post something over the weekend.
     
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  18. Hardcoaler

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    Not a good picture, but these are the caboose tracks on my N Scale road. Just like Junior Flores, every freight carries a caboose on my railroad too.

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  19. Carl Sowell

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    Rachel

    You probably have answered your original question, but I like to show off booses.

    First image is two brass cabeese that I picked up real cheap when importer was selling off inventory..........

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    Second photo is of two Micro Trains cabooses that I added Richmond Controls lights..............

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    Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.
    As always have fun,

    Carl
     
  20. Rachel

    Rachel TrainBoard Member

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    I love it, I really do. I'm getting so much inspiration from seeing everyone's cabooses (cabeese??? I'm really not sure)...but I've truly enjoyed seeing what everyone has and stories and history behind some of them!!

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