A Caboose on your trains

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I hope me posting that I like to run a caboose on a train has not upset those forum members who do not run a caboose.
Please do not take my post as a "rant' or "gripe" against those not running a caboose.
Nope. Even though I do modern era, I have a couple of cabooses for high and wide train.


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A transfer caboose looks more like a flat car with a shed bolted to the middle of it than like a standard caboose. It is used in transfer service between rail yards or short switching runs, and as such, lacks sleeping, cooking or restroom facilities.

So they might be more likely to see service on today's railroads than traditional cabeese

And I like amount of exterior details that might be added.

https://forum.mrhmag.com/post/trans...035?highlight=transfer caboose&pid=1331276291

https://forum.mrhmag.com/post/trans...035?highlight=transfer caboose&pid=1331274648




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Most of the "transfer caboose" photos so far haven't been transfer cabooses, they are modern road cabooses.

Traditional older road cabooses have bunks in them. Modern cabooses don't have bunks, so the carbody is shorter and the car has "porches". Modern transfer cabooses have a very small carbody, only 6-10 ft long or less.

Here is the IC, now CN transfer caboose used in the Council Bluff, Omaha area.


Iron Horseman

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At a show last weekend (two weekends ago now), my new wife was upset because I was not running a caboose on the back of the train .... wait for it .... It was a streamlined passenger train.

Was going to post a picture but realize I didn't get one of the train just the loco..
Interestingly enough the Burlington Bulletin (Burlington Route Historical Society) this quarter just came in the mail. I has an article about how to model a 70' baggage rider car. Apparently on the Q, the mail express trains were common enough they needed a conductor space as they did not have cabooses.

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