Skip to main content

Proto:48 SP&S Scratch Built Caboose Completed


In a post several weeks back I shared some "in progress' photos of an SP&S caboose that I was building.  After a few set backs and waiting for some additional parts the build is complete.

The prototype for this caboose (Transfer Caboose actually) was 'kit-bashed" by the NP Shops from fish-belly 36' box-cars.  Kind of 1:1 scale model rail roaders run-amok if you will!!  Both the NP and the SP&S used these cars in transfer service.  I took some frequent modelers-license with some aspects of the build and I did not follow a specific car number prototype.  That said the finished product seems to capture the feel of the prototype reasonably well.

This build is a scratch effort using evergreen styrene sheets and shapes.  The Proto:48 trucks and scale couplers are from Protocraft and there are a number of additional items from Tichy, Archer (rivets), Grandt-Line and Precision Scale.  The interior is fully detailed with an Artista crew, bunks, table, water tank, head, stove and closets.  The brake components are 3D printed items from Shapeways.  These are well worth a try if you have not already used them.

A major set-back was the addition of interior lighting.  I am still working on that aspect.  The body-roof combination is a press-fit to the frame-undercarriage and holds in place with out of sight self-tap screws so the car can be dis-assembled when I get a workable lighting design finished.

Hope you enjoy.....





Images (8)
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.11.59 PM
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.10.01 PM: The under frame showing the wood deck.
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.08.15 PM: Brake detail
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.07.37 PM: Proto:48 caboose trucks with operating journal box lids.
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.07.55 PM: Scratch built end rails and ladders.
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.08.42 PM: Wood roof walk
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.09.15 PM: A peak at a crew member
  • Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 3.09.00 PM: The main logo is actually "S Scale....
Last edited by AZBill
Original Post
OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653