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. Also produced in Undecorated #25000.
Note: All caboose runs originally released LATER than June, 2014 are equipped with Fox Valley Models Metal Wheels.
N scale International Car Co. Bay Window Cabooses in 5 Versions*.
Bluford Shops products are not intended for children under 14.
Bluford Shops presents 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. *Ladders and running boards will be included on appropriate paint schemes for each version so if you
count a phase with and without running boards and ladders as 2 version, then there actually 10 versions!
Short Body and Transfer Cabooses in N scale.
The Phase I design features a wide bay window with a single large window on the side. Southern Railway for one, was so smitten with
this design of bay window that they continued to order them through the 1970s.
In this style, the bay window has been narrowed considerably but the large single window has been retained.
The bay window has been widened again although not as far as the Phase I cars and the window arrangement has changed.
The Phase IV bay windows featured steeper angles but with a width similar to the Phase III cars. Note the etched metal window
screen frames. This feature is included on the Union Pacific, C&O and B&O cars.
The Half-Bay Window was a design championed by the New York Central and their successors and was adopted by a handful of other roads.
Products bearing Union Pacific, Southern Pacific. Chicago & North Western and Missouri Pacific marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.