Discussion in 'FAQs' started by csxnscale, Feb 6, 2003.

  1. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    What is the time period real railroads use a caboose at the end of a train?
    Are they still in use now on branch lines?

  2. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    VERY VERY rarely are they used now - typically only if there's a long backup move required.

    Early 1980's was when they were phased out (yet another reason I chose 1980 so I could run cabooses to my heart's content).
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    In Canada, there are still a few cabooses in use. Intercity freight trains do not use them, but they sometimes show up on local trains.
    I mentioned in another thread that Canadian National has 56 and Canadian Pacific has 107. There are also a number in Work Service. (These cars are on the roster, but not necessarily used.)
    Most of the cabooses I see have the windows covered over.
    A number of shortlines have a caboose or two.
    Some industries have cabooses to accompany wide loads.
  4. Rusted

    Rusted Member

    I was SO EXCITED to see a caboose moving on the tracks the other day, then I was so disappointed to figure out what was really going on.

    St. Cloud, MN, BN tracks near Frigidare plant - I saw the crossing gates go down and a BN caboose crossed the street being pushed by a grain hopper, then another caboose, then a GP-38 that was also pulling a cut of cars - they were just rearranging "junk" in the yard. The caboose was not actually in service. Poop.

    First time I'd seen an engine moving with cars on both ends though.
  5. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I still see a caboose around here on ocasion, on a way frieght.
    Usually there's a GP15-1 on the point, and the caboose is usually a former C&NW.

    If you run need a caboose.
  6. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    That's the point, I am a diesel fan and I model the 70's 80's (no rivet counter).
    I think a caboose could be used in this time frame.
    Thanks for the answers.


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