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Uncataloged Premier O Scale U.S. Army Center Cupola Steel Cabooses Announced

October 25, 2021 - M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced two exclusive, uncataloged Premier O Scale Center Cupola Steel Caboose in U.S. Army livery for M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Stockyard Express. The cabooses will be available in two car numbers in very limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in March 2022.

Item No. 20-91730 U.S. Army Center Cupola Steel Caboose
Car No. 777
Pre-Order Price: $64.95

Item No. 20-91731 U.S. Army Center Cupola Steel Caboose
Car No. 700
Pre-Order Price: $64.95


Like most pieces of railroad equipment, this caboose was shaped in part by regulatory requirements — in this case, a proposed Pennsylvania law requiring cabooses on through freights to be 8-wheeled and at least 24’ long. Based on a wood-sheathed 1920 USRA design, this steel caboose was a 1924 Reading Company design that became so widespread in the mid-Atlantic region that railfans dubbed it the Northeastern Caboose.

Besides the Reading, original owners included the Western Maryland, Lehigh Valley, Central Railroad of New Jersey, and several other lines. Through mergers and acquisitions, these "crummies" eventually found themselves in new paint schemes ranging from Chessie System yellow to Conrail blue. Later in life, many went to second and third owners as far afield as Maine, Ohio, Iowa, and Louisiana.

Order directly from:

Stockyard Express
49293 Plate Road
Oberlin, OH 44074

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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