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

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Stock NumberVLT-RRK-2
Original Retail Price$29.95
Body StyleVoltscooter 3D Printed Railroad Car Kits
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleCaboose, Bay Window (Details)
Road or Company NameWestern Pacific (Details)
Reporting MarksWP, SN
Road or Reporting NumberWP 629, 643-703, SN 1634-1637, 1840-1644
Paint Color(s)Undecorated
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Multipack ID Number995 02 105
Kit ComplexityCraftsman
Kit Material(s)3D Printed Plastic
Announcement Date2020-04-03
Release Date2020-11-11
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCaboose
Model SubtypeBay Window
Model VarietyComposite Side
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)

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.

When the shift was made from wooden to steel caboose construction, a new type of caboose also arrived. The new caboose design replaced the traditional roof-mounted “cupola” with “bay-windows” attached to the sides of the caboose. As freight cars grew taller, the effectiveness of cupolas as practical observation points was diminished. This was especially true on lines that suffered from low clearances and were incapable of making cupolas high enough to see over the top of the tallest freight cars. Cabooses were prone to rough handling, and many a trainman was knocked out of his perch in the cupola and injured when he fell. The new caboose design was safer as well as more effective.
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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