1. Make your own (there are videos on working with brass on You Tube )
2. cannibalize another brass caboose
3. cast one via lost plastic
You might also consider copying the parts from an Ambroid or QC kit - metal castings that you could make an RTV mold of and then cast as many sets of parts as needed. Think that the Train Craft kits might also serve similarly.
At one time Bob Lavezzi had some brass cupolas, but I suspect he may have sold those off.
I'm planning to build an NYC dynamometer car. Pictures are attached. The first picture is an NYC car and the second picture is a C&O car. I may have to fabricate a cupola but if I can find a cupola that comes close to the one I need I should be able to make it work.
Richard, I can't say that I recall any caboose cupola that resembles the cupola in either of those photos. I do believe you may have to construct one. Good luck finding one if they're out there and with your project.
The cupola in the pictures appears to have the same roof line as the rest of the roof, just raised. Assuming you were going to cut out the roof under the cupola I would think you could use that piece with added sides and ends. Not a common roof line either. Maybe start with a Harriman style car.
Thanks Joe and Pete. It’s going to take some planning. I found a picture of the interior of the C&O car. It’s in the B&O Museum. It looks as if the cupola was used to provide light over the test equipment.
Brother Love might be an option. He is down the road from me in Mississippi I believe.
I’m still amazed that one of the major manufacturers hasn’t produced a dynamometer car by now.
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