- The "prototype" of this model is actually
taken from the drafting table of the Morrison International shop in Kenton, Ohio.
- Because of the great variety of equipment
needs between railroads in the 1950's, International developed the idea of a "modular"
caboose design. This conceptual design essentially broke the caboose down on paper
into different types or styles that could be built to meet the specific needs
of a particular railroad. Rather than trying to force a rigid, fixed design on
all the railroads, International felt it better to let the railroad select the
pieces to build the caboose to their own liking.
claimed "the adaptability of our standard design into variations to suit
the purchasing road's specifications gives ample scope for satisfaction of crew
and operating departments. Equipment and facilities, as well as construction and
engineering detail, are subject to the railroad's specifications."
look at reproduced International Caboose advertisements show a Bay Window design
and a Transfer design available for order, as well as the different Cupola designs.
- Depending upon the size and type of unit, a
caboose could sleep 2-4 persons and be equipped with lockers, work desk, oil heater,
and toilet. Some crews even enjoyed a true life of luxury by having a hot plate
and refrigerator on board!
- International built
cabooses for several different railroads, including the Belt Railway Company of
Chicago, Reserve Mining Co., Cambria & Indiana, the Terminal RR Association
of St. Louis, Elgin Joliet & Eastern, Wabash, Clinchfield, Susquehanna, Western
Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Chicago Great Western, and St. Louis &
- This is Kato's first production of
an individual North American caboose. This is the same caboose tooling included
in the recent F7 Train Set with UNITRACK last year.
production will consist of two road numbers for five roadnames, plus an unlettered
- The Chessie System units will be particularly
unique, as one will be lettered with a C&O road number while the other will
bear a Western Maryland (WM) road number.
C&NW units will be similarly interesting as each will bear the C&NW herald
with a Chicago Great Western (CGW) road number -- a nice match for the CGW RS-2
locos released previously.
- The Unlettered unit
will be factory painted red with a black roof, ready for application of your roadname
decals. It doesn't get any easier than this to have a quality caboose for your
road onto your layout!
- These models have very
nice detail on the roof walkway, the end platforms and railings, and the truck
- The interior of these models can
be lighted with the optional installation of our #11-204 Lighting Kit (sold separately).
- These new caboose models will be be Kato's
first models to feature the all-new FULLY-AUTOMATIC MAGNETIC knuckle coupler