Wooden Caboose

Greg Elems Jan 5, 2004

  1. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Staff Member

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    This caboose was scratch built when I was in high school. I built it to run on my Lionel layout behind my Berkshire. I made the shell out of Balsa wood and cut 3x5 index cards into strips to make planks which I glued on one at a time. The Lionel trucks were all I had and I cut couplers out of 1/4" plexiglass. Many moves and years in storage weren't kind to it.

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    Here the steps have been repaired and the ugly Lionel trucks replaced with scale Arch Bar trucks and a new center sill. Couplers will come next and maybe some new steps.

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  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I've seen worse stuff on the prototype railroads. It's nice that you still have something from childhood. Wish that I had some of my stuff!

    :D

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  4. Lehigh Valley Railroad

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    Wow, Thats pretty nice!

    The roller bearing trucks were a tad too new...hehe

    Looks alot better with the Archbar(Andrews) style trucks. Now you need a small industreal swicther to pull her!
     
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    Thanks LVR. I have a GE 70 tonner that looks pretty good hauling it. :D

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    Here it is with Kadee couplers added. Next some window glass, hand brakes and black paint to touch up the under frame.

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    This is the caboose that inspired me to scratch build mine. Old NP prototype IIRC.

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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes. That's an NP caboose. Where was the photo taken?

    :D

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  8. Greg Elems

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    Ken,

    I believe it was taken near Vancouver Washington, October 1979. Need to dig out my slides from that trip and check for sure.

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