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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Southern Pacific/Cotton Belt and Texas and New Orleans Steel Cabooses
This index is devoted to steel cabooses, as they are the only photo's that I have been able to take, or have been submitted.
SP, SSW and T&NO between them bought and built around 1300 steel cabooses in 19 classes.
SP system cabooses were designated C-xx-x : the 'C' was for caboose, the 'xx' denoted the axle load in tons, and the last 'x' was the class or type or design.
I know you probably get tired of reading this but, variations, modifications rebuilds and upgrades abound, if you are happy with a generic model then fine, else you need photo's of a particular unit in your timeframe to get it near correct...
see also John Mosbarger's Caboose Photo page
The C-30-1, C-30-2 and C-30-3 classes were composite steel underframe with wood body. AMB has released a lasercut kit of the C-30-1 composite cupola caboose, and Walthers has released a plastic RTR model of the C-30-1.
There were only minor and mostly invisible differences between the C-30-4 thru C-30-6 classes (as built).
The C-40-1 and C-40-3 were cupola types.
There was no C-40-2 class...
C-40-4 thru C-50-10 were bay window types, except the SSW as noted below,
SSW C-40-8 and C-40-9 were 'Wide Vision' types.
There doesn't appear to have been a C-50-1 or C-50-6.
The C-50-10 was a one only class.
General painting information:
The ICC mandated the removal of roofwalks in the late 1960's, so these appliances and end ladders were removed over a period of time, often leaving the roofwalk supports in place. As well due to the 'antics' of 'rock throwers' windows were often plated over with sheet steel. All C-40-x's were originally equipped with 'frog-eye' roof mounted marker lights, some were gradually replaced with a single 'bug-eye' roof mounted marker light as per a 1978 spec. but then replaced again in 1980 with a single red light on the ends above the door.
Q....which is left and right on a caboose? How do you identify the B end?
A. from D. Scott Chatfield: Well, you're not the first to ask that question, so I'll post the answer to the list (sp mailing list) in case I've confused everyone else. I work from the convention that the brake cylinder points to the B-end. Then the left side is that which is to your left when you are looking at the B-end. Unlike many Athearn kits, the C-40-4 has its cylinder pointing at the correct end (as near as I can tell, at least). The battery box and fuel tank are towards the B-end, the smokejack towards the A-end, so the side with the little vent in the top right is the left side. The battery box is on the left side, the fuel tank on the right. Or if you prefer, the BL and BR corners.
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