Kit No. 891 New York Central Standard Short
Wood Caboose – Like its more famous and similar appearing cousin,
the 19000 series wood caboose, the New York Central’s standard short wood
caboose also displays that distinctive low cupola so associated with this
iconic railroad, but was four-feet shorter in length and equipped with only two
side widows. Referred to as a “standard” for the NYC and sprinkled throughout
the 18000 series, these cars were actually a compilation of inherited Lake Shore &
Michigan Southern Cabooses. Originally constructed during the turn
of the 20th century, the 26-foot long wooden cars were rebuilt
following the LS&MS and New York Central & Hudson River Railroad
merger of 1914. These cabooses were updated with common features such as window
arrangement, steel underframes, and low cupolas with wrap-around roof walks,
but, as different company shops were involved, subtle variations resulted. Most
noticeably, these include the side window placement at the A end of the carbody
(the HO kit displays the most common arrangement based on photographic
research), end ladder style, and roofwalk design.
The former LS&MS cabooses entered the
18000-18649 series after NYC’s system-wide renumbering in 1936 and eventually
received further upgrades, such as safety appliances and AB style brake gear.
The exact number of cars that survived to this point is not known, but a number
of the prototypes that have been documented in the company archives were still
on the roster into the 1960s. With the arrival of NYC’s new all-steel transfer
cabooses and their assignment to the 18000 series, any standard short wood
cabooses not previously retired would have been renumbered into the 17000 series.
American Model Builders’ newest HO scale
laser-cut wood caboose craftsman kit captures the many nuances of NYC’s
standard short caboose and is sure to please the most finicky of NYC
aficionados. Kit No. 891 features 100% laser-cut components with custom
laser-scribed side and end walls, Tab & Slot and Peel & Stick
construction, laser-cut underframe, end platforms, end railing, and brake
wheels, cast resin platform steps and AB style brake gear, white metal
smokejack, injection molded turnbuckles, custom decals by Tichy Train Group,
fully illustrated instructions that provide information on painting and
decaling the assembled model, and several fixtures to aid the modeler in
creating all the handholds, ladders and truss rods appropriate for the prototype.
In addition, the HO scale kit provides for optional details too such as square
or rounded body corner posts, side windows that can be modeled open or closed,
two different styles of end ladders and roofwalks, cupola end window variation,
and a complete set of screen doors and windows. Trucks and couplers are not included.
We recommend the purchase of Kadee No.
581Bettendorf T-Section Caboose Trucks, Kadee No. 5 couplers with draft gear
boxes and the paint and glue of your choice for the completion of this kit