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Roco - Red Caboose Motel - Caboose, Cupola, Wood - Hobby Shop

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N Scale - Roco - Red Caboose Motel - Caboose, Cupola, Wood - Hobby Shop
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Aftermarket DecoratorNewbraugh Brothers Toys
Stock NumberRed Caboose Motel
BrandRoco
ManufacturerRoco
Body StyleRoco Caboose Cupola Wood Side
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleCaboose, Cupola, Wood (Details)
Road or Company NameHobby Shop (Details)
Paint Color(s)Red/Black
Print Color(s)White
Additional Markings/SloganRed Caboose Motel
Coupler TypeRapido Hook
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel ProfileStandard
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCaboose
Model SubtypeWooden
Model VarietyCupola
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale1/160



Specific Item Information: Newbraugh Brothers Toys redecorated cars of various scales to be sold as souvenirs at various Strasburg PA businesses such as the Red Caboose Hotel and the Choo-Choo Barn.
Model Information: This model was first produced by Roco for MRC and later on imported by Con-Cor, Minitrix and Model Power. The models are usually stamped "Austria" on the underframe.
Prototype History:
The origins of the railroad caboose appear to date back to the 1840s when Nat Williams, a conductor of the Auburn & Syracuse Railroad (a later affiliate of the New York Central) became fed up with cramped and uncomfortable quarters to do paperwork (a common job of the conductor, whose responsibility is general oversight and control of a train, passenger or freight), which was usually done in either a free space of a passenger car or combine/baggage car. To fix this problem, Williams found an unused boxcar and using a simple box and barrel, as a seat and desk, set up shop in the car to do his duties. Not only did he find out he had plenty of room to work but also figured that he could use the unused space to store tools (flags, lanterns, spare parts, etc.) and other essentials to have on board whenever needed (such things become commonly stored on the caboose).

Perhaps the most striking feature ever applied to the railroad caboose was its cupola. According to the story, conductor T.B. Watson of the Chicago & North Western in the 1860s reportedly used a hole in a boxcar’s roof (which he was using as a caboose) to get a better vantage point of the train ahead. It is said that Watson was amazed by the view afforded from the position being able to not only see the train ahead but also from all sides, and to the rear as well. He apparently convinced C&NW shop forces to construct a type of open observation box onto an existing singe-level caboose with windows all around where one could sit and view their surroundings. The rest, as they say, is history and the common cupola was born.
Road Name History:
This 'company' is a placeholder for any small hobby shop that commissions their name to be put on models/toys.
Manufacturer Information:
The company was founded in 1960 by Ing. Heinz Rössler and started with a plastic Minitanks series of military vehicles. After export to the USA became successful, the model line was expanded with model trains in HO scale and the smaller N scale. TT scale was also subsequently added to the product line. The model rail product line covers many European countries including Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands, and also the USA.

On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.

Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.

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Item created by: bluedragon0 on 2017-11-29 22:18:25. Last edited by gdm on 2020-07-24 07:29:16

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