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HO Scale - AHM - Caboose, Cupola, Steel Extended Vision - Burlington Northern - 168

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HO Scale - AHM - Caboose, Cupola, Steel Extended Vision - Burlington Northern - 168


Brand/Importer AHM (Details)
Manufacturer AHM (Details)
Country of Manufacture United States
Prototype Vehicle Caboose, Cupola, Steel Extended Vision (Details)
Road/Company Name Burlington Northern (Details)
Road/Reporting Number 168
Paint Color(s) Green
Coupler Type Horn Hook X2f Coupler
Wheel-Set Type/Construction Chemically Blackened Metal
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Caboose
Model Subtype 32 Foot



Prototype Information:
In the extended-vision or wide-vision caboose, the sides of the cupola project beyond the side of the car body. Rock Island created some of these by rebuilding some standard cupola cabooses with windowed extensions applied to the sides of the cupola itself, but by far, the greatest number have the entire cupola compartment enlarged. This model was introduced by the International Car Company and saw service on most U.S. railroads. The expanded cupola allowed the crew to see past the top of the taller cars that began to appear after World War II, and also increased the roominess of the cupola area.

Additionally, Monon Railroad had a unique change to the extended-vision cabooses. They added a miniature bay to the sides of the cupola to enhance the views further. This created a unique look for their small fleet. Seven of the eight Monon-built cabooses have been saved. One was scrapped after an accident in Kentucky. The surviving cars are at the Indiana Transportation Museum (operational), the Indiana Railway Museum (operational), the Kentucky Railway Museum (fire damaged), and the Bluegrass Railroad Museum (unrestored but servicable). The remaining three are in private collections.

Road/Company Information:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
AHM is the initials for Associated Hobby Manufacturers, Inc. The company was founded in 1959 as a reseller of other companies' model railroad components. Initially an HO company, they entered into N Scale in the early 1970's as an importer of products made by Roco in Austria. For N Scale products, AHM apparently contracted to use the exact same molds as were used by Roco to produce early Atlas models. They also contracted with Rivarossi to make locomotives. Other sources supplying AHM products included Pola of West Germany, Pocher of Italy, Mehano of Yugoslavia, as well as Hong Kong/Taiwan offerings from Kader.

By the early 1980s, AHM’s fortunes were in trouble and the company ceased doing business by the mid-1980s. When AHM went out of business IHC picked up some of their line. Also, at least one body style was taken over by Eastern Seaboard models.

Read more on AHM HO models on HO Scale Trains Resource (site 1) and HO Scale Trains Resource (site 2).

Manufacturer Information: AHM is the initials for Associated Hobby Manufacturers, Inc. The company was founded in 1959 as a reseller of other companies' model railroad components. Initially an HO company, they entered into N Scale in the early 1970's as an importer of products made by Roco in Austria. For N Scale products, AHM apparently contracted to use the exact same molds as were used by Roco to produce early Atlas models. They also contracted with Rivarossi to make locomotives. Other sources supplying AHM products included Pola of West Germany, Pocher of Italy, Mehano of Yugoslavia, as well as Hong Kong/Taiwan offerings from Kader.

By the early 1980s, AHM’s fortunes were in trouble and the company ceased doing business by the mid-1980s. When AHM went out of business IHC picked up some of their line. Also, at least one body style was taken over by Eastern Seaboard models.

Read more on AHM HO models on HO Scale Trains Resource (site 1) and HO Scale Trains Resource (site 2).

Item created by: luchestr on 2022-05-31 18:34:27. Last edited by luchestr on 2022-05-31 18:34:28

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