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Cabs are out at dealers but C. Ro is still waiting on their Lionel order to arrive. That will complete my collection of all three schemes, red, yellow and blue.

Smoke is no longer listed as a feature.                             

I could never understand why smoke or interior lights ever really mattered anyway? Never seen a real lighted or smoking caboose.

@SIRT posted:

Cabs are out at dealers but C. Ro is still waiting on their Lionel order to arrive. That will complete my collection of all three schemes, red, yellow and blue.

Smoke is no longer listed as a feature.                             

I could never understand why smoke or interior lights ever really mattered anyway? Never seen a real lighted or smoking caboose.

"Never seen a real or smoking caboose"

Back in 1994, I worked briefly for Conrail and had the opportunity to work a local out of Lancaster, Pa which had a (lighted and heated interior) caboose attached to this job. The old head conductor preferred the comfort of a diesel and let his brakeman (me) make myself at home in his caboose. I simply felt like a king in a castle while occupying and riding in this mobile home on rails.

Ditto to all of the above, The I-12 caboose by Lionel is one of their better efforts, worth getting one or two.

"Never seen a real lighted or smoking caboose"

Growing up, I'd watch trains go by at night, and always seen at least the conductors desk light on, along with the flashing rear marker light on the end.

Also during cold weather, black smoke coming from the smoke jack, from the fuel oil heater inside. I worked from cabooses, when I started railroading years ago, I truly miss them, FRED's don't do a thing for me.

Rusty

@Randy_B posted:

It looks nice. I have a couple from the previous run and was thinking of adding another. Where were these made - China or Vietnam? I was also curious about the couplers on these if anyone knows.

I received a Chessie one a few weeks ago, which feature the new inferior truck design and are made in Vietnam. The trucks are un-sprung, and the "hidden" uncoupler tab mechanism does not work well at all. On top of that they seem to have changed the castings for the actual couplers, as they are extremely hard to couple to other rolling stock. The bolsters of the trucks are riveted and held to the caboose body with a C clip so its not as easy as it used to be to swap the trucks out for the older, much nicer ones.



Mat

@mattrains posted:

I received a Chessie one a few weeks ago, which feature the new inferior truck design and are made in Vietnam. The trucks are un-sprung, and the "hidden" uncoupler tab mechanism does not work well at all. On top of that they seem to have changed the castings for the actual couplers, as they are extremely hard to couple to other rolling stock. The bolsters of the trucks are riveted and held to the caboose body with a C clip so its not as easy as it used to be to swap the trucks out for the older, much nicer ones.



Mat

Uh-oh.  Same couplers as the new milk cars? 

I have a blue one and the Chessie from the original run. I'd like a red one, though. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to do a number patch on the Chessie version, but it ruined a otherwise nice paint job, IMO.

I've seen a photo they most likely used for this current version. The photo I seen, it was pretty dirty, so, I guess you could weather it and it would look okay. Plus a number patch on the sides, and not the ends, of this model? I just doesn't look right to me, but if you like it, that's what matters!

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