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I’ll certainly going to give it a look when the artwork is all up. The best looking and correctly detailed is probably a 2 rail brass model by NJ brass. With a little work you can adapt Atlas trucks to it. The downside is the price. I have one in bare brass to paint and decal into a B&A. Below is a NYC one.

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I do like the Williams as a starting point. Thank you Mario for digging up that old thread. I have one of those to redo. Plan to add queens posts and truss rods.

Lionel’s is pretty correct design wise. It’s just the clunky details from the 80’s that still exist today. One of my Rutland conversions. I re did the handrails using square brass stock that fit the holes in the platform and then bent up new rails using phosfor bronze wire and soldered them on. Replaced the brake staff with piano wire and a Precision Scale brake wheel.  Tichy grab irons were also added.

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@Dave_C posted:

The best looking and correctly detailed is probably a 2 rail brass model by NJ brass. With a little work you can adapt Atlas trucks to it. The downside is the price.



I do like the Williams as a starting point. Thank you Mario for digging up that old thread. I have one of those to redo. Plan to add queens posts and truss rods.

Lionel’s is pretty correct design wise. It’s just the clunky details from the 80’s that still exist today.

I suspect you'll likely see this premier tooling with the appropriate B&A lettering.

A "decent" looking model aside from the incorrect truck spacing. I don't see MTH fixing this.

I find the truck spacing less obnoxious than Lionels oversized grab irons and stack.

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@RickO posted:

I find the truck spacing less obnoxious than Lionels oversized grab irons and stack.

No so with me. The strange almost-beyond-the-ends-of-the-car truck spacing on some of these NYC cabs was always a definite No Sale. The "old" Lionel model still looks pretty good, though I too wish that they would improve the railings and stack.

Or not. Those things are tough - I dropped one from the layout (4 feet) to the floor (not concrete, but not carpeted, either) and the only thing that happened was that the body popped loose at one end - snap-on tabs - and the railings/ladder needed repositioning. Back on the track in 5 minutes. Maybe those "finer" details would not be totally a step forward....

I just got off the telephone with Rich at MTH Electric Trains and it looks like we will be offering a Premier Boston & Albany 35’ wood-sided Caboose.  We are going to be working on artwork soon.  Thank you to @CentralFan1976 (Mario) and many of you for your interest in this project.  Please post more photographs and detailed prototype information to this thread.  Together, we will make it happen and deliver it to you.  Thank you!

I just got off the telephone with Rich at MTH Electric Trains and it looks like we will be offering a Premier Boston & Albany 35’ wood-sided Caboose.  We are going to be working on artwork soon.  Thank you to @CentralFan1976 (Mario) and many of you for your interest in this project.  Please post more photographs and detailed prototype information to this thread.  Together, we will make it happen and deliver it to you.  Thank you!

Awesome,  thanks JR Junction and MTH for stepping up where Lionel wouldn’t

There will be two road numbers available.  The total cabooses made will depend on the demand.  Incidentally we are doing two New York Central cabooses with surviving restored prototypes in Central and Western New York State.

Mario said y’all were in the worx on the NYC’s,…..so definitely count me in,….thanks to you guys and Mario for making this happen!…..appreciate the effort!..

Pat

There will be two road numbers available.  The total cabooses made will depend on the demand.  Incidentally we are doing two New York Central cabooses with surviving restored prototypes in Central and Western New York State.

Are these offerings not yet up on your website? I haven't popped over there yet to have a look as I saw this topic late last night. You can definitely count me in on B&A and NYC for sure. I need more cabooses for both, that is a big for sure.

Are these offerings not yet up on your website? I haven't popped over there yet to have a look as I saw this topic late last night. You can definitely count me in on B&A and NYC for sure. I need more cabooses for both, that is a big for sure.

Not yet, artwork is still being discussed, with research being done by a bunch of us, Including @Dave_C @CentralFan1976 and @JR Junction Train & Hobby  So it could be a while.  Mario started this thread to gauge interest which seems to be there.

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Not yet, artwork is still being discussed, with research being done by a bunch of us, Including @Dave_C @CentralFan1976 and @JR Junction Train & Hobby  So it could be a while.  Mario started this thread to gauge interest which seems to be there.

Ah, thanks Gary. Great minds working on this effort. Ironically, when I was at my LTS this weekend, Tony had one of Lionel's B&A sets that was mail order only(that was written on his ticket for it). I think that this was one of the conventional sets from maybe late 80's or very early 90's(not sure as I'm no expert). Maybe he'll have it at York.

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