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    Default Bluford Announces New Tooling: N Scale Steel Bay Window Caboose



    On November 13, 2017, Bluford Shops announced that it will produce new N scale models of a family of steel bay window caboose designs developed by International Car Company in the early 1950s.

    Bluford is still cutting tooling on this project and will keep the pre-order period open until at least January 12, 2018. A estimated delivery time will be announced.

    The design of this car changed over time and Bluford will produce a total of 5 versions (four phases of these designs plus the iconic half-bay window edition) of this International Car Company Bay Window Caboose.

    This product will run $39.95. Two road numbers will be available for each of the 12 road names. Phase 1: Erie Lackawanna, Southern; Phase 2: Chicago & North Western; Chicago & Eastern Illinois; Phase 3: Nickel Plate Road, Western Pacific; Phase 4: Rock Island, Union Pacific, Louisville & Nashville, Delaware & Hudson yellow; Half-Bay Window: Conrail and New York Central.

    Ladders and running boards will be included on appropriate paint schemes for each version. The ready-to-run models will feature magnetically operating knuckle couplers, Fox Valley Models metal wheels, wire grab irons, window “glass”, and plenty of weight.

    Here is a link to the Bluford Shops website.

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    I cant wait for these and some of the others that are coming out in Jan. Love there products.
    Seanifer

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    We have a shortage of quality bay window cabooses in scale. We need more. That $40 price tag for a caboose, though! Ouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile One View Post
    We have a shortage of quality bay window cabooses in scale. We need more. That $40 price tag for a caboose, though! Ouch.

    Keep in mind, $39.95 is the MSRP
    Street price should be around $32.

    I know it's still a lot.....

    One good thing is that look how many of the Bluford Transfer Cabooses (along with their other cars) are still on the market?
    Which tells me they don't under produce anything unlike other Mfg's.
    So it shouldn't be a rush to get one.
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    And also keep in mind just like everything else manufactured there are different levels for different people.

    Bachmann will still continue to make cabooses, Atlas will release cabooses in the Trainman line etc.
    I support the Mike and Scotty pod cast...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bessemer Bob View Post
    Atlas will release cabooses in the Trainman line etc.
    Atlas has a nice compromise between quality and price, IMO, but have yet to release a bay window that I'm aware.
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    You are correct, to this point no they have not. I was making more of a generalized statement that there are options for modelers in just about every budget.

    As for bay-window options, Micro Trains, Athearn have had multiple runs, and you can even find N scale bay-window offerings on Ebay for under $10.


    I feel for the level of detail that comes with Bluford items and the unique road names offered the price point is fair. The hobby truly has something for everybody.

    I apologize to the other members, this topic is quickly getting off the tracks... Pun intended. Any further posts on this thread will be about specifics of this caboose, and release dates etc.
    I support the Mike and Scotty pod cast...

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