Cabooses

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rock4329

Member
Who here still uses cabooses at the end of their trains? I model modern era for the most part, but I REFUSE to model FREDS or EOT's. I still put cabooses on the rear of the trains, even if its coal or double-stacks!!! I have about 55 cabooses in H.O. scale. Most are from today's railroads, but a lot are for fallen flags,too.

On my H.O. world, The caboose will live forever!!!!
 
I do but mine is mostly steam and I model the late 50s and early 60s and since it is not completely prototypical diesel hasnt tanken over yet. And I love cabooses even thought I only have a few.
 

sushob

Entrepreneurial Teen
There's a restored N-8 caboose along with a few PRR passenger cars sitting downtown right now (this is in 1:1 scale). The VP of the shortline has them, and he has several more passenger cars sitting in the yard awaiting restoration. He uses them on excursions and holiday trains. Talk about the ultimate layout :cool:
 

CBCNSfan

Registered Member
Staff member
Hi rock, some short lines still use cabooses, but usually it's when the train is being pushed to a location (no turn around) but on the way back they're at the tail end. It's a safety matter, especially winter time, so a worker doesn't have to hang onto a boxcar ladder while the train is going from A to B

Willis
 

speent

Member
On the BN Allen Subdivision, even though its the mid 1990's, the Caboose is mandatory. It is a matter of union bylaws. Coal trains, grain trains, intermodal, whatever, always use a caboose. It makes switching operations more challenging also.

LONG LIVE THE CABOOSE!

Heres a picture of a "Riding Platform" [Sigh] on the BNSF Seattle Sub in Centralia, WA.:confused: :eek:
 

jeffrey-wimberly

Dr Frankendiesel
I use cabooses on my general freights while the work train has an old clerestory baggage car (painted KCS gray) to use as a rolling office and shelter.
 

Alcomotive

Grandson of ALCO Bldr
I have 17 on my roster and I also have 2 working and functional EOTDs or FREDs which ever you want to call it on freight cars I use a lot.
 

Nate

I want the MKT back!!
I don't have a layout yet, but I'm gonna run a caboose on all of my tourist trains. It'll be cool.

-Nate
 

jbaakko

Diesel Detail Freak
Ewww, what the heck are those, get those wasted hunks of steel off the backs of your trains, we need more 15mpg SUV's on our roads!

All kidding aside, I want at least ONE caboose. There's 4 total (from my last count) stored down here in SD.
 

Myowngod

Pennsy Tuscan Red Blood
I love cabeese. I made sure I but a caboose track or two in my yard. The tracks will hold about 7 caboosi. I want to build up my fleet of Pennsy N-5C. Right now I have a few old time cabooses from MDC roundhouse, when I was into older freight back in my teen years.
 

IronBeltKen

Lazy Daydreamer
Hi rock, some short lines still use cabooses, but usually it's when the train is being pushed to a location (no turn around) but on the way back they're at the tail end. It's a safety matter, especially winter time, so a worker doesn't have to hang onto a boxcar ladder while the train is going from A to B
CSX uses them for that purpose on deadend coal mining branches in WV and other appalachian regions. The call them shoving platforms for legal reasons, so they don't have to outfit them for crew comfort the way they did back-in-the-day...
 

Brakie

Member
Ken,A lot of CSX's cabooses are still fully functional.NS has several that is still fully functional as well.
 
We had two stored in a siding in Norge/Lightfoot VA yesterday. But, behind bushes on both sides so you can't see 'em. Both in fairly clean chessie paint. And I use caboose.
 

DirtyD79

The Sarcastic Jedi
I still have a couple of them around and when I get my layout finished I'll probably run them on empty coal trains or on high security shipments.
 

Old 97

Hogger
You can still see a caboose or two on the NY&W RR!!

Here's an old Conrail caboose I spotted in town that is still earning it's keep....

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