My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Cabooses

1:48 Lackawanna Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
44
Author:
Gene Deimling
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this caboose.

A One-car Mixed Train

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-04/05
Page:
22
Author:
Frank Titman
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a drover's caboose using a Scenery Unlimited open-end combine car. Includes photos and detail drawings, as well as a two-page scale drawing and a parts list.

A.F Penn-Central Caboose Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1987
Page:
5
Author:
Gale Hall
Scale:
S
Description:
A short article on how to do the conversion.

B&O I-1 Caboose Laser Kit

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
9
Author:
Brooks Stover
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the kit manufactured by Lake Junction Models and sold through The Supply Car. He used it to model a caboose for the Buffalo Creek & Gauley railroad which he models.

Bash a Transfer Caboose

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
104
Author:
Edward C. Steinberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using a cut-down ATSF Athearn caboose, the author built a DLE&W transfer caboose. Includes only model photos.

Build Western Pacific's Bay Window Wood Caboose

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2005-11/12
Page:
26
Author:
Bob Hogan
Scale:
S
Description:
After explaining the history of the prototype caboose, the author used photos and plans (from Mainline Modeler magazine) to scratchbuild the car out of styrene. It has a fully-detailed interior. Includes photos of the completed model.

Building a Caboose from Styrene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
88
Author:
Charles C. Purin
Scale:
HO
Description:
How to scratchbuild a caboose. Includes construction photos, drawings and materials list.

Building a Caboose in Styrene

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-02
Page:
66
Author:
Al Turner
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to scratchbuild a 17-foot D&RGW caboose. Includes prototype and model photos, construction photos, parts list, and detailed and scaled drawings.

Canadian National Point St. Charles Van

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-12
Page:
114
Author:
William Brillinger
Description:
Article includes a description, scale drawings, and prototype photos of a wide-cupola steel caboose rebuilts from a boxcar.

Canadian National Rwy. 42" Gauge Wooden Van

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
58
Author:
Christopher P. D'Amato
Description:
Prototype information, photos, and scaled drawings of these cabooses in the Newfoundland Division. On page 92 there are more photos of Newfoundland cabooses.

Central Pacific Caboose of the 1807's

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
140
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Article includes an S-scale drawing and a prototype photo of the CP #45.

CGW Caboose Information

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 10, #2
Page:
51
Author:
Daniel Holbrook
Description:
Various bits of information about several cabooses.

CNR Wood Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-02
Page:
28
Author:
Douglas Leffler
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this Canadian National Railways caboose from strip and sheet wood. Includes model and prototype photos, as well as construction detail drawings and scale drawings (including interior layout).

Cosmetic Improvements for Westerfield's NX23 Cabin Car

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 32 March 2006
Page:
30
Author:
Bill Faith
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes the modifications he made to this model. Includes parts list, model photos, and how to make the round windows.

Craftsman Trophy To Mal Harvey

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
30
Scale:
G
Description:
This model by Malcolm Harvey features exquisite detailing on the exterior and the interior. The roof of the caboose is removable to reveal a fully detailed interior, including working parts. The exterior features, among many things, a working brake system.

DCC Installation of a Smoke Unit and Lighting in an American Models Wood-sided Caboose

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 6, December 2009
Page:
11
Author:
Al Castellani
Scale:
S
Description:
This brief article describes the process the author went through and includes several construction photos.

Detailing a Penn Central N-8 Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
74
Author:
Neil Schofield
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took a Bowser N-8 caboose and transformed it into a model fitting the 1970-79 time period. Includes prototype and modeling photos, and detail drawings for the modifications made. A parts list and weathering instructions are also provided.

EBT Steel Frame Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-05
Page:
35
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Two photos, a brief description, and scaled drawings of the East Broad Top caboose.

End-of-Train Protection

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
64
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Description:
LED lighting installation in an Atlas caboose.

End-of-Train Protection Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
42
Author:
Dean Daughenbaugh
Scale:
N
Description:
This article shows how to power the LED in the caboose using the Richmond Controls' EZ-LITE N-scale Caboose Lighting Model EZ41. Included are installation of the axle wipers and the metal wheels.

Ex-PRR N5b Cabin Car Coming to Pennsylvania

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.2
Page:
14
Author:
Chuck Blardone
Description:
PRR #477768 has been restored and is going to be moved to the non-profit Colebrookdale Railroad (CRR) in Boyertown, PA.

Finishing Up Projects

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-12/01
Page:
23
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he completed a Mullet River S-scale caboose project, including adding details that are not included in the kit. The second project he completed is an F&C 4-bay "Dunmore" hopper resin kit. This project involved dealing with weaknesses in the aging resin kit, and installing Morton roof walks. He completed the model by painting it and lettering it for the NKP.

HO Pennsylvania Cabooses

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-05
Page:
40
Author:
Jim Hediger
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a product review on the Sunset Models HO-scale PRR N5a, N5b, and N5c cabin cars. In addition to the review itself, there is some historical information about the cars, and one prototype photo of a N5b.

HO Scale Automatic Brake System

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-08
Page:
106
Author:
Frank Andrews
Scale:
HO
Description:
When you have to park part of a train on an incline while switching, the train can move on you. The author describes a system, which uses a metal ball, that keeps a caboose from rolling in such a situation.

How I Painted and Re-lettered to Create a Norfolk & Western Caboose

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-01/02
Page:
36
Author:
J. Wayne Beachy
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he converted an AF caboose into this model.

Jersey Central Caboose ... An A.F. Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 2, April 1989
Page:
21
Author:
Gary Mueller
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he took an A.F. #630 or 638 caboose and converted it into a CNJ model.

Kitbashing a Bangor & Aroostook Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
80
Author:
Robert Bennett
Scale:
HO
Description:
The prototype converted troop sleeper cars into these cabooses in the mid-1950s, and so the author did the same thing using Cannonball Car Shops' kits of troop sleeper cars. Includes several prototype photos and some model photos, as well as a parts list.

Kitbashing a Erie-Lackawanna Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
72
Author:
Scott Lupia
Scale:
N
Description:
The author takes an Athearn bay-window caboose to create a caboose for the EL.

Kitbashing a Rock Island Mixed Train Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-07
Page:
71
Author:
Jim Zwernemann
Scale:
O
Description:
The author converted a San Juan Car Company's D&RGW boxcar and convert it into this caboose, similar to what the prototype did in 1915. Includes model and prototype photos, and scale drawings.

Kitbashing a Santa Fe Ce-6 Waycar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
65
Author:
Stephen M. Priest
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took two Athearn models to make this one caboose. The article includes prototype photos, scale drawings, a parts list, and model construction photos.

Kitbashing an NA Cabin Car in N or HO

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 72 Winter 2010
Page:
25
Author:
Claus Schlund
Scale:
N
Description:
Using a Bachmann bobber as a starter, the author built an N-scale model of the PRR NA cabin car. Using the same starter car in HO-scale, this model can be built in that scale too. The article includes step-by-step photos.

Kitbashing Middletown & Unionville Caboose No. 00

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
104
Author:
Alan Mende
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author used two Mantua old-time combines to kitbash this model. Scale and cutting diagrams are included. It has model photos, but no prototype photos.

Kitbashing Pennsy Cabin Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1982-04
Page:
79
Author:
James McHenry
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he converted a Tyco PRR cabin car into a better representation of a PRR N8 cabin car, and a MDC center-cupola caboose into a PRR N5c. Includes prototype photos of these cars in both PRR, PC, and Conrail livery. Also included are detailed drawings, and scaled drawings (N8 only).

Kitbashing Three Lehigh Valley Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
79
Author:
Chuck Davis
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes how to build the three caboose discussed in another article in this issue. The author used the MDC 3440-series cabooses as a start for the three models. Includes construction photos, detail drawings, and a parts list

Markers Make the Difference

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1980-09/10
Page:
20
Author:
Herbert Adams
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he made caboose marker lights using Grain-O-Wheat lightbulbs and fibre optics. Includes a diagram on how to place the various components.

Missouri Pacific Homebuilt Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
76
Author:
G.J. Michels, Jr.
Scale:
HO
Description:
The prototype built its own cabooses, which the author modeled. There are four different types discussed. Includes prototype and model photos, and a roster.

Modeling Green Mountain Rwy. Caboose No. 50

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
64
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
HO
Description:
Reworking a brass caboose.

Modeling Two C&NW Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
86
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
Includes prototype and model photos and materials list. The cars modeled are numbers 10908 and 10357.

Modern CN Caboose and Bookends

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1980-05
Page:
80
Author:
Richard Meloche
Description:
The author describes how he built two bookends with dioramas built into them modeling a CN engine and a caboose.

Modifying a Caboose

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
46
Author:
Damian Kostron
Scale:
N
Description:
Modeling a wood DM&IR caboose. Includes a scale drawing, prototype, and construction and finished model photos.

MR Clinic

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-10
Page:
130
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A reader asked the question about how brake rigging is put together under a modernday (or the 1970s) caboose. Includes a diagram of the brake parts under the car, and a chart for the various pipes needed for various modeling scales.

N-Scale Class N6A Cabin Car

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 53 December 2007
Page:
28
Author:
Claus Schlund
Scale:
N
Description:
The author took some old N-scale Minitrix UP cabooses and converted them to PRR class N6 cabin cars. Includes some model construction photos.

NKP 451-500 Series Bay Window Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1973-09
Page:
50
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Many prototype photos (including one interior photo) and scale drawings accompany this brief article.

Ontario Northland Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-05
Page:
29
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawings of the ON's cabooses numbers 100-105.

Overview of the NX23 Class

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 32 March 2006
Page:
27
Author:
Al Buchan
Description:
75 X23 class boxcars were converted to cabin cars in 1943. Article includes roster, equipment diagram, and prototype photos (including interior)

PRRPro Update

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 39 October 2006
Page:
22
Author:
Bruce F. Smith
Description:
The PRR Project Group (a Yahoo! mailing list) wraps up the group's effort to build PRR N5 series cabin cars. Includes several model photos. Their next project is an FM flat car.

Rescuing a Relic: Conrail N6A Transfer Caboose

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-10
Page:
72
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
Taking an old brass caboose and converting it into a model that would fit a modern era layout.

Rio Grande Modernized Waycar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-02
Page:
138
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Scale:
HO
Description:
Rather than scratchbuilding models, we can modify existing models to more closely resemble the prototype, and then repaint them.

RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-09
Page:
90
Author:
Brooks Stover
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling a Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad caboose in the 1970s era. The author started with a C&O American Models caboose, and added many details, including an interior.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
12
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he made the American Models' rather generic wooden-prototype caboose into a more accurate CB&Q waycar. The article includes a photo of the model, and two drawings.

Scratchbuilding a Wood-sheathed Caboose

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-05
Page:
66
Author:
Erik Flom
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes and shows construction techniques for building a wooden caboose, made out of wood. Includes model photos, and scaled drawings for a Canadian National caboose.

Seaboard Air Line 5600-series Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-01
Page:
80
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Description:
Besides the brief description, this article also contains prototype photos and scale drawings of the exterior and interior of this caboose.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
27
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Additional details that Mike Sulzbach added to the underframe of an American Models bay window caboose. Includes detail diagrams.

Simple Upgrades for Bowser's PRR Cabin Cars

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Douglas Nelson
Scale:
N
Description:
Upgrading Bowser's N5c cars with grab irons, trainphone antennas, Z-scale couplers, better window glazing, and weathering them.

Something Big

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-06
Page:
72
Author:
Bob Walker
Scale:
Large Scale
Description:
For something different, the author scratchbuilds a 1:12 scale caboose.

Superdetailing The American Models Bay-Window Caboose

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
58
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
The AM model is generic enough to turn into a model specific for several railroads with a bit of effort. Described are the Erie-Lackawanna, Delaware & Hudson, and Conrail versions, with both model and prototype photos.

The Erie Bay-window Caboose: A Caboose for All Seasons

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
4
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses how American Models and the Central Jersey S Scalers worked together to come up with AM's first caboose project. Includes many prototype and model photos.

The Marker Lamps at the End of the Tunnel

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-01
Page:
84
Author:
Gerry Leone
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article discusses the micro-sized LED's available, how to work with them, and, of course, it covers installing them in marker lamps attached to cabooses. Although the article covers an HO-scale installation, the author is convinced that this is also doable in N-scale. Includes installation photos and a wiring diagram.

The Pennsylvania RR's N4 Wood Cabin Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-12
Page:
124
Author:
Richard Burg
Description:
There was only one such car in the N4 class. In addition to the history, the article also includes several prototype photos, scaled diagrams, and how to model it in HO- and O-scale.

The Transformation of a Caboose

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1976-08
Page:
46
Author:
Merk Hobson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author found a Chicago & Great Western caboose sitting on a siding somewhere. Then a year later found that it was renovated, had its cupola removed. So, he decided to scratchbuilt one out of wood and styrene (includes information about how to bond wood to styrene). Includes prototype photos, scaled drawings, detail drawings, and some construction and completion photos.

Three Foot Caboose EBT-style

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-05
Page:
31
Author:
Doug Leffler
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
The author describes how he built this model out of Strathmore bristol board, after he measured the prototype car. Includes model photos, an exploded diagram of the parts to build the model, and two prototype photos.

Three Lehigh Valley Wood Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
75
Author:
Charles Davis, Charles Yungkurth
Description:
Three different styles of cabooses are described; two with and one without a cupola. Includes prototype photos and scale drawings.

Toronto, Hamilton, & Buffalo Caboose #56-59

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2010-01/02
Page:
27
Author:
Andrew Merrilees
Scale:
S
Description:
Drawings, in S-scale, of this caboose from both sides and ends.

Transfer Caboose

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Roy Cutler
Scale:
N
Description:
In the real world these cars were usually built by using a cabin from a box car and a flat car with steps. The author built his model from an old MT caboose. Small diagrams and model photos accompany the article.

Two Kitbashed Cabooses

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-01
Page:
74
Author:
William Schaumburg
Scale:
HO
Description:
A description of how Stan Rydarowicz built two Chicago & Western Indiana cabooses. A prototype and model photo is provided for each of the two cars. The project was started with an Athearn "blue box" caboose.

Two New Cabooses for the Wisconsin Southern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
78
Author:
Thomas J. Houle
Scale:
O
Description:
The author started with two Atlas bobber cabooses to kitbash these models. Includes construction photos and detail diagrams.

Updated and Back in Service

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-04
Page:
146
Author:
Philippe Coquet
Scale:
S
Description:
The last page of the issue has a photo of a Denver & Rio Grande caboose #01507 set in a scene the author modeled as it appeared in the early 1980s.

Walthers HO Caboose Assembly Tricks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
40
Author:
Jim Hediger
Scale:
HO
Description:
Installing wire grab irons, truck clearance issues, and repositioning the body bolsters.

Walthers N6b, Corrected and Backdated

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 61 August 2008
Page:
5
Author:
Ed Walters
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he modified the model to make it more accurate. Includes only model photos.

WP 642

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
72
Author:
Jim Providenza
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built this Western Pacific outside-braced cupola caboose in this article that includes model and prototype photos, as well as a scale drawing.