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    • March 28, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
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      Now ya need to add lamp hangers to the other end of the crummy, so that when the train gets hooked onto the other end, the conductor can move the lamps.

      This is why they call it a hobby.

      Oh, and there should be two more rivets on that thing, too.

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    • March 28, 2014 7:40 PM EDT
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      Steve Featherkile said:

      Now ya need to add lamp hangers to the other end of the crummy, so that when the train gets hooked onto the other end, the conductor can move the lamps.

      This is why they call it a hobby.

      Oh, and there should be two more rivets on that thing, too.

      :)

    • March 28, 2014 11:20 PM EDT
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      I'm jealous of all the nice paint jobs on the cabeese.  The maintenance shop on my Rapidly Going South line is so cheap they don't even consider re-painting if you can still see any of the original color.

      Bob

    • March 29, 2014 10:53 AM EDT
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      Bob, that's real smart lookin', right there. :)

      Wisht MY cabeese had such a great Cadillac finish as that.

      tac
      Ottawa Valley GRS 

    • April 1, 2014 1:41 AM EDT

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      Absolutely, a caboose is a requirement on all trains. We don't have air brakes, so the brakemen need some place to call home when not crawling over the cars setting the brakes. The Tuscarora RR currently has use of 5 East Broad Top RR cabooses for its trains.

       

      EBT Caboose #2 - "Panic"

      Built c. 1874 from a Bilmeyer & Smalls flat car. Unkown where the name "Panic" comes from.

       

       

       

      EBT Caboose #4

      Builder unknown, build date unknown, but likely 1880s

      Undocumented on EBT rosters, but appears in at least one photo.

       

       

      EBT Caboose #26

      Built 1905, EBT shops, believed to have been built from a 30' flat car. Later converted to work caboose, receiving new round roof without cupola.

       

       

      EBT Caboose #27 (1st)

      Built 1907 by EBT shops

       

       

      EBT Caboose #28

      Built 1920 by EBT shops. Steel frame with wood siding.

       

       

      Of these, #4 and #26 have lights for night operations.

       

      Plans are afoot to build a model of EBT Caboose #1, their first caboose (c. 1873). This was a Billmeyer & Smalls caboose very similar to early D&RG cabooses. No timetable on its construction.

       

      Later,

       

      K

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    • April 1, 2014 9:34 AM EDT
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      I always have to run a caboose.  To me it looks naked without one.   That's like running a engine without cars behind it.  I just cant do it. 

    • April 2, 2014 10:10 AM EDT
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      We'd like to have a full-size caboose in the backyard, just so's we could sit in it and dream.

      However, even a 27-footer would barely fit between the fences, and the local fascists in the county planning office would have conniptions.

      That apart from getting one over here - imagine the size of the box!!!

      tac
      Ottawa Valley GRS

    • April 18, 2014 7:22 PM EDT

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      tac Foley said:

      We'd like to have a full-size caboose in the backyard, just so's we could sit in it and dream.

      However, even a 27-footer would barely fit between the fences, and the local fascists in the county planning office would have conniptions.

      That apart from getting one over here - imagine the size of the box!!!

      tac
      Ottawa Valley GRS

      Have it boxed as a kit. ;)

    • April 19, 2014 4:48 AM EDT
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      Dear Nephew - having wide experience of the products of that 'well-known Swedish furniture company', I can categorically advise you that the box would be substantially larger than the item within, even as a flat-pack.  When I bought one of the very last Sheridan caboose kits a few years back, it almost took three strong men and an ig to get it off the flatbed.  SHE made be build it outside the house as it wouldn't go through the door.

      tac, ig, ken the GFT & The Throbbing Thumb Boys

    • April 19, 2014 9:10 AM EDT
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      To me the train don't look right without a caboose.

    • May 10, 2014 12:04 PM EDT
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      Apropos building a caboose in your backyard, a while back I was talking to a backyard shed builder at the gun club.  HE brought up the subject of sheds for reloading in the backyard, and overhearing this conversations, asked him how much it would cost to build a caboose-shaped shed in a person's backyard.  By a stroke of good fortune, this fine gentleman actually knew what a caboose was, being a great fan of both Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine - stars of 'Emperor of the North'.  He later emole me with a quotation for a bobber AND a shorty caboose.  

      The bobber - 18 feet long with a small centre cupola and veranda ends, was going to be £1850.00 including the put-up, but the 25-foot shorty 'grounded caboose' with a cupola was going to be a whopping £3295.00.

      tac
      Ottawa Valley GRS

      This post was edited by tac Foley at May 10, 2014 12:05 PM EDT
    • May 11, 2014 3:59 AM EDT
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      Steve Featherkile said:

      Now ya need to add lamp hangers to the other end of the crummy, so that when the train gets hooked onto the other end, the conductor can move the lamps.

      This is why they call it a hobby.

      Oh, and there should be two more rivets on that thing, too.


      I'd be interested in being able to do that to my Bachmann long caboose. Is anyone aware of a method to do that? Patrick
      This post was edited by Patrick Kramer at May 11, 2014 4:01 AM EDT
    • May 11, 2014 2:59 PM EDT
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      Patrick Kramer said:
      Steve Featherkile said:

      Now ya need to add lamp hangers to the other end of the crummy, so that when the train gets hooked onto the other end, the conductor can move the lamps.

      This is why they call it a hobby.

      Oh, and there should be two more rivets on that thing, too.


      I'd be interested in being able to do that to my Bachmann long caboose. Is anyone aware of a method to do that? Patrick

      Buy some caboose marker lamps from Trackside Details to replace the Bachmann lamps. Scale hangers are also provided. Beautiful castings. TD-15 Marker Lamps...http://www.tracksidedetails.com/parts1-50/page2.html


      Replace the lenses with fresnel lenses from Mouser Electronics. Perfect fit!

      This post was edited by Gary Armitstead at May 11, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
    • May 13, 2014 9:17 PM EDT
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      Gary,

      I like the look of the Bachmann's marker lamps. I think I already have some TD markers but don't think they are 1:20th scale. I'd like to make something like you have on your 1&1/2" scale caboose so they could be moved between ends. Ideally, the bracket would act as the electrical connection also.

      Patrick
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