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N Scale - Bev-Bel - 24001 - Caboose, Cupola, Steel, NE - Western Maryland - 1891

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Aftermarket Decorator Bev-Bel
Stock Number 24001
Original Retail Price $8.00
Brand Bev-Bel
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life-Like Caboose Cupola NE
Prototype Vehicle Caboose, Cupola, Steel, NE (Details)
Road or Company Name Western Maryland (Details)
Reporting Marks WM
Road or Reporting Number 1891
Paint Color(s) Red and White, w. Black roof
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Circus
Additional Markings/Slogan Radio Equipped
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Caboose
Model Subtype Cupola
Model Variety NE
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Years Produced 1924-1948
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard



Model Information: Life-Like first introduced this body style in the 90's. They have metal wheels and truck-mounted Rapido couplers. The caboose design is based on a common prototype used by many Northeastern roads.

Prototype History:
The Northeast or NE style caboose was introduced by the Reading Railroad in 1924. The design was an all-steel version of a USRA design. The acquisition of these new cabooses was prompted by proposed Pennsylvania legislation requiring larger, more structurally sound caboose for use in through freight consists. The original set of cabooses was ordered from AC&F, but other manufacturers also adopted similar designs.

The Reading selection was made after the consideration of several designs. The original purchase was for 10 cars in 1924, but the design was so effective that it became the de-facto Reading standard and they continued purchasing new cabooses of this type through 1948. The design soon became popular with other Northeastern railroads such as the WM, L&NE, LV, CNJ and others.

Road Name History:
The Western Maryland Railway (reporting mark WM) was an American Class I railroad (1852-1983) which operated in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was primarily a coal hauling and freight railroad, with a small passenger train operation.

The WM became a property of the Chessie System holding company in 1973, although it continued independent operations until May 1975 after which time many of its lines were abandoned in favor of parallel Baltimore and Ohio Railroad lines. In 1983 it was fully merged into the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which later was also merged with the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad into the Chessie System, which is now renamed as CSX Transportation.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Formerly located in Cresskill, New Jersey, the now defunct Bev-Bel Corp. was founded by the late Irvin and Beverly Belkin in 1956. A prolific "boutique" producer of after-market, limited production, special run rolling stock and locomotives (in road names and non-traditional commemorative and holiday themed paint schemes that were not typically offered by the major manufacturers), Bev-Bel' sourced its models from Atlas Tool Co., Inc., Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc., Bachmann, and Life-Like Trains.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-12-23 11:11:23. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-05-19 14:05:10

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