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Custom Run Uncataloged Premier Long Island Area Bay Window Cabooses Announced

October 22, 2021 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced an exclusive and uncataloged Premier O Scale Bay Window Caboose in two different Long Island area liveries for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Nassau Trains. Each scheme is available in authentic car numbers and is only available directly from Nassau Hobbies on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!

Item No. 20-91706 New York & Atlantic Bay Window Caboose
Car No. 52
Early Order Price: $74.99
Click HERE to order.

Item No. 20-91707 New York & Atlantic Bay Window Caboose
Car No. 62
Early Order Price: $74.99
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Item No. 20-91736 Metro North Bay Window Caboose
Car No. 401
Early Order Price: $74.99
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As freight cars grew taller, observing a train from the cupola of a caboose became increasingly difficult. In the wooden car era, another problem with cupola cabooses was sagging roofs. In an effort to solve these problems, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown railroad introduced the bay window caboose in 1923. (In fact, however, bay windows had been used on New York & Harlem Railroad passenger cars as far back as the 1850s, to enable conductors to better anticipate station arrivals.)

In 1930 the Baltimore & Ohio became the first railroad to adopt the bay window style as its standard caboose; it never purchased another cupola model. During the same decade, the Milwaukee Road and the Northern Pacific built substantial bay window fleets as well.

But it was immediately after World War II that the bay window design became widespread, as car heights increased significantly and cupolas became less and less useful. As with diesels and other modern freight cars, these postwar bay window cabooses were part of the shift away from customized, railroad-specific locos and cars toward standardized designs produced in large quantities on efficient assembly lines. Key builders of bay window cabooses included International Car Company and American Car & Foundry.



M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing five Premier O Scale GP-35 Diesel Locomotives in select liveries beginning early next year. Each of these unique schemes will be available in two cab numbers. The locomotives should begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in February 2022.

Check out each of these offerings HERE.

These items are available to order from your local M.T.H. Authorized Retailer.

New M.T.H. Parts Site Now Live

MTH Parts & Sales LLC has launched its brand new MTH Parts Website and is again taking parts orders after a lengthy transition as part of the M.T.H. reorganization this past Spring. You can learn more about the all-new site by going HERE.

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