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Great pictures everyone, @@Mike g., beautiful caboose and thanks for the kind words, I know we are on different time zones, but seeing your layout is always very interesting, everyone does it differently and that makes this OGR Forum so much fun to review, great work, @@Don McErlean, wow, always showing uniquely beautiful cabooses, I’m late but here’s my contribution for T.E.T… Happy Railroading Everyone 9C3CB4D3-FAE5-4AEB-ADB9-5186BEAA6A14F8C917E8-4FCB-4E2B-B057-08080D712CCF95138D13-2F59-41B9-B8E9-704597E7814C87EAB2CD-7CC9-48E7-855F-73CF1179FC374ABB562E-58F2-4D2A-81EB-7F66E5036B40

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Busy day in Paradise, CA., and it's early evening and the sun has set. I'm just getting around to posting my entry into Tail End Tuesday.

Leroy and Jonesy are just finishing up the inspection and service from front to tail of the California Zephyr preparing to move out heading northeast for Salt Lake City.

Engineer Ted Thompson, Fireman Malcom Burbaum, and Conductor Newman Musgrave waving the okay that the freight is ready to head out. It's a long walk to the GS-64 #485 pulling tonight, so Ted and Malcom are waiting for their ride to the locomotive for the crew change. The freight will be heading southwest to Oakland, CA. tonight, arriving very early in the morning!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Busy day in Paradise, CA., and it's early evening and the sun has set. I'm just getting around to posting my entry into Tail End Tuesday.

Leroy and Jonesy are just finishing up the inspection and service from front to tail of the California Zephyr preparing to move out heading northeast for Salt Lake City.

Engineer Ted Thompson, Fireman Malcom Burbaum, and Conductor Newman Musgrave waving the okay that the freight is ready to head out. It's a long walk to the GS-64 #485 pulling tonight, so Ted and Malcom are waiting for their ride to the locomotive for the crew change. The freight will be heading southwest to Oakland, CA. tonight, arriving very early in the morning!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Scott I see Patrick has rubbed off on you.  Nice little story to go along with your beautiful scene.

@coach joe posted:

Scott I see Patrick has rubbed off on you.  Nice little story to go along with your beautiful scene.

Thanks Joe, you noticed that did you! And that's a true compliment! Yes, Patrick definitely rubbed of on me sort of speak, and I really enjoy the stories and the names of characters that go with the photos he posts. Although I'm not as clever as Patrick, I try my best to create an interesting story to go with my photos too!

The other thing Patrick does really well is his scenes seem more real world with all the junk and stuff everywhere around the railroad. Let's face it, real railroads are messy! LoL Like my layout, it's just too clean and neat, I need to mess it up! ;-)

Patrick, any day is a good day for your photos and stories, they are always welcome and never late!

Also Joe, you know I really like that WP caboose you have, poor old thing needs a paint job, but leave it the way it is.

Just another fine day at the railroad!

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Well here we are again on a fine Tail End Tuesday.  Today I have a pair of "Nickel Plate" cabooses.  Both Lionel but with different numbers and years available.  Both were on the inexpensive end of the line of their licensee's offerings, neither was illuminated and both had plastic trucks and end railings.  MPC however with the # 9060 did give you a smokestack.

First the Lionel (LTI) #6919 Nickel Plate Road caboose from 1986-1991

Lionel NKP 2-4-2 train caboose

Next, the older but somewhat similar Lionel (MPC) # 9060 Nickel Plate Road caboose from 1970-72.  This one was only available in a set labeled ..."The Wabash Cannonball"

Lionel Wabash Set caboose

Well hope you are having a good week.  Happy T.E.T everyone.

Best Wishes

Don

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Some shots a one of my N6b cabins.

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The history of this cabin has always fascinated me.  They are wood cabins that were built at the same time as the all-steel N5 cabins were being built.  Why would they do that?

Well, in 1913 Ohio passed a law outlawing wood under-frame cabooses, so the PRR needed to get steel under-framed cabins quickly.  One solution was to rebuild their 4-wheel wood framed bobbers into 8-wheeled steel under-frame cabins, which became the N6.  Basically, they lengthened the bobber cabin and put it on a new steel frame.

Cupola placement varied on both the N6a and N6b, but railfans settled on "End Cupola" or "Center Cupola" depending on which part of the cabin the cupola was closest to.  What distinguished the N6a from the N6b (above pictures) was the N6a had the "Wide Vision" cupola that was wider than the cabin.  The N6b had a narrower cupola with sloping sides required for tunnel clearance.   

Still need to do one more thing with this cabin, as well as most of my cabins, and that is to get rid of the safety yellow hand rails.  For my late 40's layout, they need to be black or the same color as the cabin.

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Those are some fine rear ends there Patrick. Nice bus and cool BL2!

Thank you Scott!!  The BL2 is one of my favorite diesel electric locomotives.  Unfortunately my Western Maryland BL2 is probably the most unattractive livery of all the roads who purchased the BL2 from EMD.... however WM is one of the roads I model.  

The bus is the Rosa Parks bus that was sold by Die Cast Direct.  

Well with Don Winslow and Randy Harrison showing NYC cabooses how can I resist adding my pre war interpretation of the NYC caboose  by Mr. Marx.  In this case this car dates from about 1936 when the "Group 3" 6 inch cars came out.  It has a square end frame and riveted tab/slot couplers (the first configuration of tab / slot after the Joy Line era).  The dating of a particular car is difficult as Marx produced these 6" cars for a long time.  However the lithography on this car is the earliest style, the frame being lithographed in Red / White with simulated journals is primarily a pre-war configuration and the riveted couplers were discontinued in about 1950.  So by my reasoning this car dates from about 1936 to about 1942.

Here is my NYC #556 caboose.  Note the square frame ends (marks Group 3, initiated in 1936)

Marx 556 caboose side

Here is the front end, in later years the "portholes" and the square window opening in the end lithography would be closed and simulated only (likely a cost saving effort).

Marx 556 caboose front end

Here is the rear end, (hey its Tail End Tuesday !) with add on ladder and railing.

Marx 556 caboose rear end

Well happy Tuesday everyone.  Great pictures so far.  Best Wishes all

Don

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Busy day in Paradise, CA., and it's early evening and the sun has set. I'm just getting around to posting my entry into Tail End Tuesday.

Leroy and Jonesy are just finishing up the inspection and service from front to tail of the California Zephyr preparing to move out heading northeast for Salt Lake City.

Engineer Ted Thompson, Fireman Malcom Burbaum, and Conductor Newman Musgrave waving the okay that the freight is ready to head out. It's a long walk to the GS-64 #485 pulling tonight, so Ted and Malcom are waiting for their ride to the locomotive for the crew change. The freight will be heading southwest to Oakland, CA. tonight, arriving very early in the morning!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Great photo!

@WesternPacific, Scott, thank you for the kind words, this particular thread is very interesting, @trumpettrain always has some great pictures, @RSJB18 Bob has a lot of interesting scenes, @Don McErlean always has interesting stories and novel train items that are so unique and colorful, Wow, this thread is always a super variety show. Happy Railroading Everyone 28A2C1C3-07B6-41AB-9532-4A88FFB83D6048370B58-9259-445E-A7D5-12F81CEC9B5294725FC5-7B51-46DA-83F6-DC9FA332C701

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