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California's Railroad to the U.S. 1861 - 1996
Cotton Belt Caboose
25 units delivered
see the C-40-8 Photo Collection for more photos.
This was the first order of two from International Car Co. received by Cotton Belt for Wide-Vision cabooses. The first order was numbered 1 to 25 and delivered in 1959.
These were the first steel caboose bought by Cotton Belt, and were supplied by International as SP wasn't buying any cabooses at the time, and Cotton Belt had always gone their own way whenever possible.
In 1968 #1 to #25 were reclassified by SP as C-40-8.
The C-40-8's were delivered painted overall red with yellow handrails and grabs. These cars had galvanized steel roofs (may explain the white or gray look in some photo's). In the book "Cabins, Crummies & Hacks Vol. 4, (pages 68-70) from H&M Productions, it is interesting that #45 has trucks, underframe, stepwells and end railings in freight car red...meanwhile #40 has frame, stepwells and end railings in bright red, trucks are black. Lettering is white on both. It's possible some received black roofs, though most had the unpainted steel roofs (weathered they look grayish).
By 1981 all remaining caboose had been repainted to standard SP colors, #19 had been previously retired.
For available models and decals see the Cotton Belt Model Listing.
Additional Information on this page supplied by Rob Sarberenyi.
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