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N Scale - Voltscooter - VLT-RRK-2 - Caboose, Bay Window - Western Pacific - WP 629, 643-703, SN 1634-1637, 1840-1644

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N Scale - Voltscooter - VLT-RRK-2 - Caboose, Bay Window - Western Pacific - WP 629, 643-703, SN 1634-1637, 1840-1644 Image Courtesy of Voltscooter


N Scale - Voltscooter - VLT-RRK-2 - Caboose, Bay Window - Western Pacific - WP 629, 643-703, SN 1634-1637, 1840-1644 This is what you get


Brand Voltscooter
Stock Number VLT-RRK-2
Original Retail Price $29.95
Manufacturer Voltscooter
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Voltscooter 3D Printed Railroad Car Kits
Prototype Caboose, Bay Window (Details)
Road or Company Name Western Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks WP, SN
Road or Reporting Number WP 629, 643-703, SN 1634-1637, 1840-1644
Paint Color(s) Undecorated
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Multipack ID Number 995 02 105
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Craftsman
Kit Material(s) 3D Printed Plastic
Announcement Date 2020-04-03
Release Date 2020-11-11
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Caboose
Model Subtype Bay Window
Model Variety Composite Side
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: The prototype was made from converted 5001 - 16000 series outside braced Pullman Standard box cars.rnrnThis model does not include trucks, couplers or brake wheels. Brake wheel hole is dimpled and can be drilled out with a #80 drill. Atlas 22061 or Kato 800461 swing action caboose trucks are recommended. Accepts Micro-Trains standard bolster pins. There is scaffolding over the ladders and I recommend that this be kept on until the model is fully painted, decals applied, trucks and couplers installed.

Model Information: Products by Voltscooter.

Prototype History:
In a bay window caboose, the crew monitoring the train sits in the middle of the car in a section of wall that projects from the side of the caboose. The windows set into these extended walls resemble architectural bay windows, so the caboose type is called a bay window caboose. This type afforded a better view of the side of the train and eliminated the falling hazard of the cupola. The bay window gained favor with many railroads because it eliminated the need for additional clearances in tunnels and overpasses. On the west coast, the Milwaukee Road and the Northern Pacifc Railway used these cars, converting over 900 roof top cabooses to bay window cabooses in the late 1930's. Milwaukee Road rib-side window cabooses are preserved at New Libson, Wisconsin, the Illinois Railway Museum, the Mt. Rainer Scenic Railroad, and Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

In 1968, Southern Pacific subsidiary Cotton Belt (officially the St. Louis Southwestern Railway) received 20 cabooses from International Car Company. These were the first SP cabooses to use 50-ton trucks, starting the C-50 series of cabooses. In 1970, 1972, and 1974 SP returned to International Car Company for 181 cabooses, plus 16 for Cotton Belt in three groups.

For the next four years, SP did not acquire any new cabooses. Instead 207 older cabooses were rebuilt by the Sacramento Shops. In 1978, SP bought cabooses again. By then International Car was a division of PACCAR (formerly Pacific Car & Foundry). The 50 cars of the C-50-7 class were built at the same Kenton, Ohio plant as the previous C-50 series cars. In design they were similar to the previous C-50 cars with only a few changes. Their paint differed by having the roof painted the car body color, the road name was moved to the right of the bay window, and they featured an axle-end generator connection. They were also the first new cars in the 4000 series. In 1979 50 cars of the C-50-8 class were delivered, with some minor detail differences when compared to the earlier C-50-7 cars. In 1980 the C-50-9 class of 75 cars was delivered. The C-50-9 class was unique in that they were delivered without any windows in the car sides, in order to increase crew safety and reduce repair costs. They were also the last group of new cabooses delivered to SP.

Road Name History:
The Western Pacific Railroad (reporting mark WP) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was formed in 1903 as an attempt to break the near-monopoly the Southern Pacific Railroad had on rail service into northern California. WP's Feather River Route directly competed with SP's portion of the Overland Route for rail traffic between Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah and Oakland, California for nearly 80 years. In 1983 the Western Pacific was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. The Western Pacific was one of the original operators of the California Zephyr.

The original Western Pacific Railroad was established in 1865 to build the westernmost portion of the Transcontinental Railroad between San Jose, California (later Oakland, California), and Sacramento, California. This company was absorbed into the Central Pacific Railroad in 1870.

The second company to use the name Western Pacific Railroad was founded in 1903. Under the direction of George Jay Gould I, the Western Pacific was founded to provide a standard gauge track connection to the Pacific Coast for his aspiring Gould transcontinental system. The construction was financed by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, a company in the Gould system, which lost access to California due to the attempted acquisition of the Southern Pacific Railroad by the Rio Grande's main rival, the Union Pacific Railroad. The Western Pacific Railroad acquired the Alameda and San Joaquin Railroad and began construction on what would become the Feather River Route. In 1909 it became the last major railroad completed into California. It used 85-lb rail on untreated ties, with no tie plates except on curves over one degree; in 1935 more than half of the main line still had its original rail, most of it having carried 150 million gross tons.

The Western Pacific was acquired in 1983 by Union Pacific Corporation, which in 1996 would purchase its long-time rival, the Southern Pacific Railroad. In July 2005 Union Pacific unveiled a brand new EMD SD70ACe locomotive, Union Pacific 1983, painted as an homage to the Western Pacific.

Brand/Importer Information:
Ken Harstine, 56 Nonotuck Street, Holyoke, MA 01040-2666, USA

Item created by: k.harstine on 2020-04-15 12:53:54. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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