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N Scale - Kaslo Shops Distributing - NK-02 - BCRail Wide Vision Caboose-Square Window - British Columbia

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N Scale - Kaslo Shops Distributing - NK-02 - BCRail Wide Vision Caboose-Square Window - British Columbia Kaslo Shops

Brand Kaslo Shops Distributing
Stock Number NK-02
Original Retail Price C$39.95
Manufacturer Kaslo Shops Distributing
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Kaslo Freight Car Body Kit
Prototype Description BCRail Wide Vision Caboose-Square Window
Road or Company Name British Columbia (Details)
Paint Color(s) Undecorated
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Craftsman
Kit Material(s) Cast Resin and Photo Etched Metal
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Caboose
Model Subtype Wide Vision Caboose
Model Variety Square Window

Specific Item Information: BC Rail Wide Vision Caboose-Square Window PGE built the first steel caboose in their own Squamish shops in 1968. It proved a successful design, so the railway built 14 more between 1969 and 1971. PGE caboose numbers are from 1851 to 1864. In 1973 British Columbia Railway built 10 more. Until 1975 10 more were built at the Squamish shops. Cabooses were used for the conductor and crew on the tail end of every freight train until May 1993. After May 1993 BC Rail used train end devices on their through freight trains south of Prince George. Cabooses were still used north of P.G. until the end. Last caboose trains were the Takla Loggers and the Fort St. John to Fort Nelson turn. Some Cabooses did not survive, being scrapped after accidents or sold to private individuals, however some are still in service today, CN uses one as a crew transporter.

Model Information: Freight Car body kits

Road Name History:
BC Rail (reporting mark BCOL, BCIT), known as the British Columbia Railway between 1972 and 1984 and as the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) before 1972, was a railway that operated in the Canadian province of British Columbia between 1912 and 2004. It was a class II regional railway and the third-largest in Canada, operating 2,320 km (1,440 mi) of mainline track. Its operations were owned by the public as a crown corporation from 1918 until 2004, when the provincial government leased operations for 999 years to CN. The track and other assets, including a marine division and stevedoring subsidiary as well as large tracts of real estate, remain under public ownership. 40 km of track serving the Roberts Bank Superport that were scheduled to be sold to OmniTRAX remain under BC Rail management due to that sale being cancelled because of the transaction being tainted by an influence-peddling and bribery scandal resulting in convictions in 2010. The provincial government, which promised when originally elected to never sell the railway, has announced that the crown corporation and its remaining operations and assets would be "wound down" and taken over by various departments of the Ministry of Transportation The details of the sale/lease to CN, which are related to the OmniTRAX affair, have become the subject of protracted public inquiry as part of the proceedings of the trial surrounding a scandal known as the British Columbia Legislature Raids Affair, or "Railgate". Government leaders and civil servants involved with the arrangements to CN have refused to comment on the deal because the matter "is before the courts".

Chartered in 1912, the railway was acquired by the provincial government in 1918 after running into financial difficulties. A railway that ran "from nowhere, to nowhere" for over 30 years, neither passing through any major city nor interchanging with any other railway, its southern terminus was at Squamish and its northern terminus at Quesnel during that period. It expanded significantly between 1949 and 1984. Primarily a freight railway, it also offered passenger service, as well as some excursion services, most notably the Royal Hudson excursion train. The railway's operations only reached profitability in 1980, due to large capital and operating debts, which were intended as subsidies to develop and sustain mining and timber economies and employment in the regions it accessed, though during the 1980s it regularly posted significant profits, contributing to the public treasury significantly, and maintained a lower operating debt than any of the continent's other major railways. The railway's operations and management, as one of the province's largest crown corporations, have necessarily been at the centre of public debate since its takeover. Notably, as example, the Social Credit governments of WAC Bennett and his son Bill Bennett forgave the railways' capital debts in 1954 and 1979, respectively, with bookkeeping matters related to that bringing much criticism. The current provincial government has been accused of fabricating falsehoods about the state of its debts and viability in order to justify the deal with CN, claiming the railway was in disarray. Other participants in the bidding process withdrew their bids, saying that CN had unfair access to confidential information about their own operations, provided by the government, and at least one bidder (Canadian Pacific) privately stated in since-released communications that the bid was "rigged". Controversy over CN's management of the line has focused on layoffs, toxic spills and other safety concerns, and cuts in service to some regions. The line has generated profits for CN in the range of $25 million per year since its takeover of the railway's operations.

Brand/Importer Information:
Kaslo Shops Distributing was formed in 1998 in an effort to supply the modelling community with top quality parts and kits.

We specialize in:
- Detail Parts
- Locomotive Resin Kits
- Cab Kits

We are always looking for new ideas and new projects - please contact us with any suggestions or requested kits!

Item created by: Powderman on 2017-12-26 18:24:07. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-06-10 12:35:34

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