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ocalicreek
Crew Chief

Posted - 12/30/2018 :  4:05:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm finally getting back to the cabeese I started in the 2018 "Take One Down..." challenge. Cleaned the workbench after finishing the Mogul (see my blog here) and pulled out the cabeese and details I had carefully packed away in a project box.

Here's where I left off:



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And here's a sampling of what I started with:



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At the time I began the project the Ocali Creek Railway was still an Appalachian railroad, with ties to the N&W, VGN and PRR. I like the look of the N6b, with its distinctive high-arched cupola, and could justify it by saying it was purchased second-hand from the P-Co as they upgraded their cabins.

But now that the OCRy is firmly planted in Central Florida, that connection is a bit more tenuous. I've also learned that the Pennsy rebuilt its bobbers into the N6a and b types due to a law in Ohio in 1913 requiring steel underframes for cabeese to be used in pusher service. This rebuild continued until the mid 1920s, just before the time I model. It is doubtful that the PRR would be willing to sell cabeese they'd just spent time and money rebuilding to some short line outfit in Florida. One reason for the inward sloping sides of the cupola was the many tunnels on the lines where the N6b's ran...no such tunnels in the sunshine state!

While I can't justify a direct connection, I did like the idea of the bobber caboose rebuild. In fact, I have a few bobbers destined to become OCRy cabeese. So I could tell a similar story with both types of car running on the railroad, assigned to different runs as they fit the task.

All that said, I'm going to be setting aside the high cupolas and scratchbuilding new straight-sided cupolas with an arch that matches the curve of the main roof. Other Florida roads like the FEC and ACL had cars with squat cupolas, but I like something a bit higher.

Stay tuned for the progress as I hope to finish these cars in the next few weeks.

Galen
My Train Blog: http://ocalicreek.blogspot.com/

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mwbpequod
Fireman



Posted - 12/31/2018 :  09:25:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to seeing what you do with your flock of cabeese!

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/31/2018 :  11:08:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Galen,

You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into your cabooses. I too am looking forward to seeing the results of your work.

Mike


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railman28
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Posted - 12/31/2018 :  12:26:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice project. looking forward to seeing the results.

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ocalicreek
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Posted - 12/31/2018 :  1:04:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, everybody! I have found some V-groove scribed styrene that matches the existing siding almost exactly and will begin laying out the new cupolas today.

Galen


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ocalicreek
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Posted - 01/29/2019 :  10:45:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit ocalicreek's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Been making slow progress, but haven't been steady on posting. Time to get caught up.



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First I cut blanks for the cupola end walls from the V-groove styrene and tacked them back-to-back with CA.



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Then I marked the curve to match the existing roof and trimmed away the excess.



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After that I marked out where the windows would be and used my home-made pin tool to poke the corners and dimples for drilling out the windows. I removed most of the material by drilling, then cut and filed away the rest.

You can read more about my custom tool on my blog here:

https://ocalicreek.blogspot.com/2019/01/new-ish-tool.html



My Train Blog: http://ocalicreek.blogspot.com/

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