Well hello T.E.T. fans, looks like I might just start us off today. Very likely a busy day for most folks working as many here in Texas had "Easter" Monday off so today is the first of the work week and that is always busy. Well back on 4/6 in "Western Roads Wed" I posted my two Canadian Pacific (CP) boxcar but today since its "tail end" Tuesday, I will go with my CP caboose from Lionel (MPC). The Lionel # 9057 CP caboose is from 1978-1979, so it is about mid-era for MPC. The two boxcars I showed before are the # 9748 an earlier car from 1975-76 and the # 39308 a Lionel (LLC) "6565" premium car from 2008-2010. So to refresh your memory here are the boxcars.
The #9748 from Lionel MPC
The Lionel (LLC) "6565" # 39308 boxcar from 2008-2010
OK so those are the boxcars where is the "tail end" . Well here is the Lionel (MPC) #9057 caboose from 1978-1979
Here is a view of the front platform. Note that MPC has increased the detail in its treatment of even these inexpensive cars. The simulated chain leading from the brake wheel to the brakes is a new detailed feature not seen on earlier cars.
Here is the rear platform.
The #9057 was a reasonably good MPC car for its time even though it is almost all plastic. It has two automatic couplers (thumb tack), detailed platforms, good rivet detail in the body casting, a multi color livery and well detailed truck side facade. Unfortunately as it came from the factory it did not have illumination.
Well hoping everyone has a happy and healthy week, Best Wishes