?? about bay window caboose's.

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by rock island rocket, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. what year did bay window caboose's come into service ? and when was they phased out?
  2. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Introduction of bw cabooses would depend on individual railroads, and their need for new units. They would've been around until all cabooses were phased out, early to mid 80's for most railroads if I'm not mistaken.
  3. there has to be a year they was invented tho....... say they came out in say the 1960's , you should not see them in a 1940's scene. im trying to build complete trains where all the rolling stock is the same era as the engine. im tired up pulling new modern cars with steam, and what not.
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Hi Mike!:wave:
    As far as caboose many still remain in service where long reverse moves are made such as locals and mine runs..Many of these cabooses are fully functional.
  5. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    You're right of course, I forgot about that. In general, though, they wouldn't be seen on most mainlines after the mid-80's.
  6. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    As per Wikipedia:

    Thought to have first been used by ACY in 1923, also closely associated with the B&O starting with a prototype in 1930.

    In the west, Western Pacific was the first to use 'em, in 1942.

    The rest of the railroads would've started using them later than that, obviously, depending upon if and when they required more cabooses for their trains. If I remember correctly, the Rock didn't start using them until the 1960's (but that's a guess without looking at my reference books).
  7. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

    Nyc 20430 - 1948

    NYC 20430 - Shirley, IN circa 1948
    One of two original steel cabs on the Michigan Division. Notice the oil markers. It was coal heated and has coil spring trucks.
    Maurice Lewman Photo

  8. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    Not necessarily. I suspect long before railroads built bay window cabooses (or had built for them), they had converted conventional cabooses to something like a bay-window caboose, or added some type of bay window to a non-cupola caboose like a transfer caboose. I believe Minneapolis & St. Louis and the Omaha Road (CNW) had wood bay-window cabooses that were rebuilt from older cupola cabooses, but I'm not sure when the first conversion was done. So there could have been bay window cabooses around before the first "official" one was built at a car builder.

    BTW although Extended Vision cabooses are generally connected to 1970's-80's railroading, the first ones were delivered to the Missabe Road in late 1952, so they could be used on a late steam / early diesel layout. (DMIR used steam until 1960.)

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