This Short Body Bay Window Caboose design was developed by International Car and MoPac in the 1970s. Several other railroads used very similar cars. These were assigned to road service and were NOT transfer cabooses. Also produced in Undecoated #21000.
Short Body Bay Window Caboose - Short Roof. Southern Pacific also evaluated the MoPac design, then in 1980 they came up with their own variation with a shorter, diagonal panel roof. Also produced in Undecorated #22000.
Transfer Caboose - Long Roof. Transfer Cabooses were usually built by the railroads themselves using materials on hand such as old freight car frames and side sheets from retired boxcars. Since they were meant for cross-town moves between yards, bay windows or coupolas along with other amenities were left off. Also produced in Undecorated #23000.
Transfer Caboose - Short Roof. These Transfer Cabooses were built with short, diagonal panel roofs clipped from old boxcars. This practice was very common. Also produced in Undecorated #24000.
Some runs have the deck mounted tank and toolbox and/or battery box omitted as appropriate.
Transfer Caboose - With Running Board. Most Transfer Cabooses built in 1967 and earlier had running boards (a.k.a. roofwalks) and ladders to reach them. Many kept their running boards until the end of the caboose era. Since this test shot was assembled and photographed, improvements have been made to the ladders. Also produced in Undecorated #25000.
Note: All caboose runs originally released LATER than June, 2014 are equipped with Fox Valley Models Metal Wheels.
Coming to N scale: International Car Co. Bay Window Cabooses in 5 Versions!
Bluford Shops products are not intended for children under 14.
Bluford Shops is announcing new N scale models of a family of steel bay window caboose designs developed by International Car Company
in the early 1950s. Over the years the design of the bay windows evolved and Bluford Shops is presenting four phases of these designs
plus the iconic half-bay window edition. Ladders and running boards will be included on appropriate paint schemes for each version.
The ready-to-run models will feature magnetically operating knuckle couplers, Fox Valley Models metal wheels, wire grab irons, window
“glass”, and plenty of weight. Two road numbers will be available on most road names.
Short Body and Transfer Cabooses in N scale.
Here is the test shot for the Phase 1 caboose, in this instance without ladders and running board. The wire grab irons have yet to
This is the Phase 2 caboose test shot, this time with ladders and running boards.