• Touring Cars From Excess Cabooses

    A while back I had a number of excess "junk" cabooses and I decided to see what I could with them. The following is what I came up with.

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    Take a standard bulk issue beginners train set caboose.


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    Next carefully disassemble it. Be careful not to damage the end rails and ladders as we will need them later on.

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    Now remove the wright. You may need to cut the plastic tabs holding it in place. You may also need to carefully pry it off the frame if it is glued down.

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    To build the base for the seating platform select styrene strips just taller than the height of the weight and build a frame abound the base of the car.

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    Now test fit the weight. It "should fit right in, but if you used thick styrene you may need to grind down the sides of the weight just a bit. Once you have a good fit use some CA glue to reattach the weight.

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    While you are working on the conversion, it is always a good idea to make sure that Catzilla is not terrorizing your layout.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Touring Cars From Excess Cabooses started by dcswift View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. dcswift's Avatar
      dcswift -
      Luck you!

      Mine seem to think it is their personal playground.
    1. brokemoto's Avatar
      brokemoto -


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      T'ank you faw yaw 'tonsidewation and 'tuppawt.
    1. seanm's Avatar
      seanm -
      That is a great idea!! I like the look... that could give me a reason to get an Atlas Shay on my modern layout. I could have a special Railroad Days Celebration.
    1. Bigsparky65's Avatar
      Bigsparky65 -
      Very nice conversion, watch out CATZILLA is on the loose again.



      Sparky(Jeff)
    1. 16marvigj's Avatar
      16marvigj -
      I got that caboose, it's a Life Like right? It has became my transfer/MOW caboose. I have a bachmann ATSF caboose that is a display caboose.
    1. ggardei's Avatar
      ggardei -
      You have inspired me.Today during my lunch break, I got one of my broken cabooses I ordered off of ebay and started sawing away while the Ramen noodles was cooking.
    1. dcswift's Avatar
      dcswift -
      Quote Originally Posted by 16marvigj View Post
      I got that caboose, it's a Life Like right? It has became my transfer/MOW caboose. I have a bachmann ATSF caboose that is a display caboose.
      I think so, I also think I used a B-Mann product as well.
    1. dcswift's Avatar
      dcswift -
      Quote Originally Posted by seanm View Post
      That is a great idea!! I like the look... that could give me a reason to get an Atlas Shay on my modern layout. I could have a special Railroad Days Celebration.
      If you are up for a project for about the same cost, you could get one of those Climax kits from Randgust. I've got one and it is wonderful.