Category Archives: pictures – caboose

N scale transfer caboose and post 1972 converted boxcar…


Transfer cabooses were used primarily in large yards and short moves on trains that needed little more than an office to run out of. Like this one, they were often cobbled together out of the scrap box, albeit a somewhat larger one than we modelers are used to.

The box car models a converted car from the late 60s/early 70s, when railroads were forced to remove the roof walks and all new cars had to be built with lower ladders and brake wheels, something that would have eventually been done when this car was shopped.

These were given to me as an unsolicited “Thank you” from another modeler for parts I had sent him. That the one was built by him and the other sports his weathering work makes them cherished members of my N scale roster.

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Rare TYCO chrome bay window caboose in KCS colors…


…well…maybe not TYCO but, you gotta admit, it’s cool.

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Found whilst on the road in Simmesport, LA, apparently the Kansas City Southern owned a couple of these. This one now spends its time roadside as a tourist information center…

Now you have an excuse to make a home for that Silver Streak ‘boose you’ve kept since you were a kid…

The end of International Hobby Corporation…


…has apparently come. They took up where AHM left off, putting out a nice quality product for the introductory level hobbyist—certainly better than TYCO, Bachmann and Life-Like low end trains were. Their steam locomotive models were their best effort, even when they were built by Mehano rather than Rivarossi…

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…their chuffing steam sound car made for perfect vengeance against those annoying QSI sound equipped locos I put up with at the club…

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…and who around at the time can forget Corkey’s Carnival Caravan…

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That C-liner runs quite well and the train’s pastel colors have earned it the name “Birthday Cake train” from my son…

As it was put by someone over at another forum… “Thanks for the effort, IHC. It was fun while it lasted.”

Mantua/TYCO HO scale NYC 4 wheel bobber…


I can’t believe it’s taken me at least 15 years to get to this point. Got it at a flea market in Delaware for $.25, then stripped off the cast on details and installed a battery operated set of Ajax Lighting lanterns from the early ’70s. I also replaced the wheelsets with Kadees and installed a set of Kadee #5 couplers.

Annnnnd…that’s the way it sat, through 5 moves and 15 years, until this weekend when I finally bent a set of ladders and grabs and installed them…

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I wonder how long it’ll take me to paint it…sigh…