UK Had Cabooses?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by kf4jqd, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    A friend of mine has a son that has Thomas the Train battery operated train. I know Thomas is based on the UK railroads. Did the UK use something like a caboose? He is upset because Thomas has no caboose.:cry: If there is a caboose for Thomas. What is it's name?

  2. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

  3. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    is this Thomas for wooden track? If so, Thomas DID have a caboose, red too, but only if you bought the freight train pack a few years back
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    There is a brake van in the Thomas story where the S.C.Ruffy wagon gets crushed.
    Brake vans were a little like bay window cabooses, with very small bay windows. They served as office space, but the main purpose was to provide braking power on trains that didn't have controllable brakes on all the cars (which was most goods trains until the 70s or 80s). There was a big manual brake wheel in the middle of the car. (regret my only photo is a slide). The ends would have either an open platform or a veranda. The paint scheme (latterly) would be either grey or bauxite (boxcar red).

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