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    Default Caboose Servicing Facility/ Area

    Something that I don't see (or haven't noticed) on layouts with yards is caboose servicing structures. While not as glorious as the motive power facilities, they were still an important part of everyday railroad action, if you model the correct time frame that is.

    While doing some research on the topic, I found the following links:
    N Scale kit
    https://www.thetrainmaster.com/produ...se-services-n/

    http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/195047.aspx

    I am going to have some sort of area to service the caboose in my yard.

    Caboose on blocks for office/break room.
    40' Boxcar on blocks for tool shed.
    Coal Bunker.
    Elevated Oil Tank.
    Flag/ Lantern Stand.
    Small shed for light repair shop.

    If you have anything like this on your layouts, I'd really enjoy seeing your models!
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    Interesting idea. The first link is to an N scale facility, not HO, though. It looks like a good kit.
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    @el Gato Gordo

    You are right, I was looking at their HO kit earlier. Some slight differences between them.
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    While I never got very far into to the scenery phase of my last layout, I did have a plan for caboose service. I was inspired by this shed in the Eureka Springs yard:

    I'm not entirely sure what that shed is used for in Eureka Springs... I just didn't think to ask when I was there. But I thought it would make a great place to stow caboose supplies, maybe with a bench along one wall... Could be a great place for crews to shoot the breeze between tasks.

    The Missouri Pacific standard plans book has drawings for an "oil and lamp box" in a couple of different sizes.

    Basically a box on waist-high legs, one side was hinged at the top and could be propped to become a roof while lamps were being repaired or serviced. The plan shows a tin box for holding waste and a large tin tray to hold oil cans. A shelf above was for holding switch lanterns and parts. Doesn't take too much imagination to see a similar box being placed near the shed for the convenience of the brakemen to trim their wicks and polish their globes.....

    I never got much farther along than cutting off a cab from an old steamer shell, trimming out the window frames, painting and weathering it. Not sure if I'm going to re-use the idea or not on my next layout (I'm backdating to an earlier era), so whoever reads this, feel free to use any or all of my ideas if you like
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