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@ScoutingDad posted:

Very surprised to win several items at the recent Cabin Fever auction.

I believe this Chicago South Shore Caboose was made by Weaver. This one showed up as a 2 rail version with full interior and lighting. The 3 rail version I've seen on the forum had no lighting and frosted windows.

Silly me thought I could easily swap Lionel caboose trucks onto this one. That is not going to work. May have to bite the bullet for a pair of Atlas or MTH caboose trucks or trade the 2 rail trucks and Kadees for a pair.

The 3R box says its designed to scale.  It sure looks smaller than my other 3R cabeese. It is significantly shorter but is the correct width. Maybe just a different version. Grab bars are molded onto the car which is more of an indication of semiscale? What has me scratching my head are the 2R wheel sets - details seem a little at odds with the expectations for 2R and the interior lighting clearly made for 2R.

Still an nice caboose for my layout.

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The coloration seems to be a bit off, but i think I like it better than the real thing

Morning guys, sure is a lot of nice things out there and seems like you guys are finding all of them that you might need at this minute!

Suer sounds like the Lawn-I-land guys are making a run for more stuff! I wish you all luck!

I found this at an estate sale for $40

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I have no idea of worth and not even sure if it runs, just thought it looked cool. There were some more tinplate stuff, but the CEO said no! LOL

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@Guttersnipe posted:

The coloration seems to be a bit off, but i think I like it better than the real thing

Here is a photo I took of a CSS&SB caboose in their freight yard this spring. Lighting can change color appearance - from my memory I think the model is pretty close to the original.

SSLa

Of course another CSS 2R RPO showed up in the same box.  I almost let this one go but the other bidder quit before I did. This one is a Weaver Gold Edition RPO #504.  I'll have to keep this one 2R as its too nice to change trucks. The wheels sets might be a little different from other 2R wheels I've had as these take the Ross turnouts OK. Of course maybe I did a better track laying job this time around. The weathering job is quite good and subtle to my eye.  Another happy purchase.

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@RailRide posted:

I wonder about that AC44C4M designation.

The AC44C4Ms are 20 rebuilt BNSF Dash-9s similar to NS's AC44C6M rebuilt Dash-9s. These rebuilds are basically AC4400CWs with upgraded electrical systems and GEVO cabs. The BNSF version has only 4 AC traction motors (hence the C4 designation), so basically, the BNSF AC44C4Ms are AC4400CWs with ES44C4 trucks. It's a pity that the MTH model doesn't have the correct truck details like Lionel's recently announced BNSF ET44C4s (one of which I have on preorder).

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The AC44C4Ms are 20 rebuilt BNSF Dash-9s similar to NS's AC44C6M rebuilt Dash-9s. These rebuilds are basically AC4400CWs with upgraded electrical systems and GEVO cabs. The BNSF version has only 4 AC traction motors (hence the C4 designation), so basically, the BNSF AC44C4Ms are AC4400CWs with ES44C4 trucks. It's a pity that the MTH model doesn't have the correct truck details like Lionel's recently announced BNSF ET44C4s (one of which I have on preorder).

Then the designation printed under the cab must be a mixup (but from where?), since the model was always referred to as an AC4400CW (also states so on the box)

---PCJ

@ScoutingDad posted:

Here is a photo I took of a CSS&SB caboose in their freight yard this spring. Lighting can change color appearance - from my memory I think the model is pretty close to the original.

SSLa

Of course another CSS 2R RPO showed up in the same box.  I almost let this one go but the other bidder quit before I did. This one is a Weaver Gold Edition RPO #504.  I'll have to keep this one 2R as its too nice to change trucks. The wheels sets might be a little different from other 2R wheels I've had as these take the Ross turnouts OK. Of course maybe I did a better track laying job this time around. The weathering job is quite good and subtle to my eye.  Another happy purchase.

CSS RPO

You are correct about light (and age) of Paint, however I was referring to the aluminum blueish tint of the roof.  Still like the model colors better..  one of the reason i model, railroads especially is to put my ideals on the model instead of the  (moles and warts.)   Wd all live in real life, fantasy helps keep us sane

Many months ago, I won a dozen K-Line aluminum tankers from Cabin Fever, a haul I nicknamed "Tankerpalooza" for its entry in this thread. Those tankers had been sitting on the back of the couch in my living room ever since receiving the shipment on 11/22/22 (yeah, it's been that long ) because I didn't have any boxes that fit them. The BCW card boxes I employed for many box-less cars didn't fit those cars owing to their height, and I got wrapped up in a project to slice up surplus styrofoam coolers to approximate the foam end cradles of the original K-Line boxes (I had not gotten around to attempt the same with the outer cardboard window box) .

Well, since then I found that the smallest of the K-Line aluminum tankers do indeed fit the card boxes. Barely. The larger 50' tankers do not, however owing to their larger-diameter tanks. Fast forward to 5/22, when @coach joe pointed me to BCW's two-piece "vault box". As I was perusing the listings on BCW's Amazon store, I noticed another new addition to their lineup, called the "Quick Fold" box. This looked like an ideal solution -- uncover a quartet of adhesive triangles, pull the ends and the box assembles itself. it even has a lid with a magnetic fastener. There's just one caveat... at 3.25" wide and 4.19" tall, they'd fit the tankers...wheels down. While that would technically do the job, the idea of having to extract the cars in that orientation led me to tour the suggested alternatives led me to a generic variant that permits the cars to sit sideways relative to the lid:

mag-flap storage box flat

The card box as it comes from Amazon, with the listing superimposed if you want to look them up. The white triangles cover pressure-sensitive adhesive that gets pressed against the extended corners of the flat box when you pull up the box ends under which the instructions are tucked.

mag-flap storage box unfolded

...Remove the triangles, pull the box ends and press the adhesive against the corners. That's all that's needed to assemble them. The magnetic catches snap shut when the cover is closed. Can you play Samsonite gorilla with these? No. But they'll keep the car inside under normal conditions, and if you want stronger magnets, you could always glue additional flat rare-earth magnets on the lid (the actual magnets are on the box, the lid just contains metal discs)

toploader vs bcw

The toploader box on the left, a standard BCW on the right. I bought a bunch of the latter in 3 sizes to finally box up a large chunk of unboxed auction wins. At least they'll stack. The MTH 50' boxcar and coke hopper will need some other solution since the magnetic-lid boxes only appear to come in a 13-ish inch length.

with K-line 50' tanker

These boxes internally measure 3.25" wide by 4.25" tall. Here's the K-Line 50' aluminum tanker. While the 13.2" length doesn't quite accommodate the couplers on these cars, they'll fit if you turn the trucks against their stirrups.

with rk woodside caboose

The RailKing woodside caboose? Fits, even with that firecracker antenna atop the cupola

with premier N6 caboose

Premier N6 caboose? Fits

with railking ext-vision caboose

RailKing or Premier extended-vision cabooses? Fits and Fits.

with premier ext-vision caboose

Now, you may notice the excess room on either end of these cars. That might lead to a lot of back-and forth. These aren't shipping boxes, these are stack-them-on-the shelf boxes. However....

sponge cardbox dividers

The card-box vendors have thought of this...at least for trading cards. A number of vendors offer pre-cut foam blocks intended to fill space in your card collections, and these work equally well at keeping your rolling stock put. Above is how they arrive from Amazon...at least this unnamed vendor -- others might pack theirs differently. This one packs theirs in a vacuum bag. There are 40 foam blocks compressed inside this package

sponge cardbox dividers unsealed

Slice open the bag, and they quickly expand to full size. I have yet to fill all these boxes with my winnings, I'm designing post-it labels with all relevant info (including photos manufacturer logos, catalog numbers and maybe even UPC numbers) to stick on the box ends.

Now, there is one rather sizable elephant in the room -- These aren't cheap. The BCW quick folds come in a three-pack for a little more ($24) than what these cost, but either way they're still spendy compared to the standard white cardboard boxes. I only acquired enough of these to house the large K-Line tankers, and maybe a few more for the MTH cabooses needing the headroom. It's still a pretty bit of change.

---PCJ

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