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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/30/2020 :  8:02:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My friend recently inherited this vintage caboose and both of us have come up short trying to figure out the manufacturer and prototype. Can anyone help us out?



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Railrunner130
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Posted - 07/30/2020 :  8:25:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Railrunner130's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My first thought is that it's a LaBelle, until I realized it appears to be all metal.

https://www.labellemodels.com/caboose-p-52.html?osCsid=6k2jeu4l324178scvb9rghcc34

My second thought is that it's a Silver Streak.

https://hoseeker.net/modelrrequipment/modelrrequipcatalog1950pg44.jpg

That's fairly close.




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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 07/30/2020 :  9:22:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think itís an old Red Ball Kit. Or scratchbuilt with Red Ball parts. Today the cupola and steps are available from Bitter Creek Models.

Mike



Edited by - Michael Hohn on 07/31/2020 04:50:46 AM

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 07/30/2020 :  10:47:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is it metal? Is the cupola just sitting on the roof, or is there a stairway opening up to it? The 3 side windows on the cupola are unusual. I'm thinking Mike might be close with the scratchbuilt guess.

Jim

P.S. A guy would need to be a monkey to get on to the roofwalk.


Take the red pill

Edited by - BurleyJim on 07/30/2020 10:50:25 PM

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Bernd
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  07:40:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I say it's metal from the chipped paint by the hand rails, both body and copula. The roof looks to be wood judging from the end grain by the ladder as are the roof walks. It looks like the caboose is sporting Central Valley trucks judging from the leaf springs on the trucks.

Well, that's my 2Ę.

Bernd


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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  08:24:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Itís a Red Ball 1885 Wabash Caboose kit.


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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  08:43:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Itís a Red Ball 1885 Wabash Caboose kit.



Mike wins the prize here for being the first to get it!
This is the Bombe' Cupola style used by the Wabash. A caboose cupola was sold by La Belle woodworking Co.
One kit was as Roundhouse/Red Ball old time Wabash caboose with the Bombe Cupola.




Louis
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Glen Haasdyk
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  08:47:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone. I don't know if my friend is going to restore it but at least we know where it came from.


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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  09:57:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Louis you are the Bomb!


Frank

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desertdrover
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Posted - 07/31/2020 :  1:14:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frank Palmer


Louis you are the Bomb!



I had gotten the LaBelle picture to trace onto wood sheet stock, and make that style roof for a project. Another of those to-do type things.



Louis
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