I thought I’d share my first kit-bashed piece of rolling stock – it sort of qualifies as scenery, because it mostly sits on a siding in a BNSF classification yard in Spokane, Washington.
North American railroads have abandoned cabooses, as I’m sure you know, having replaced them with FREDs (flashing – not the original word – red end devices). Those cabooses still on working rails are “shoving platforms” or “ride platforms.” They are completely boarded up and only serve as a platform for yard workers to ride on when putting together trains, etc.
Anyway, I’ve attached a picture of the prototype, a shot of the original Bachmann HO model caboose I bought for $3 at a thrift shop, and the end result. As I said, it is my first attempt, and it was a really good learning experience.
Just uploaded another video with a couple of tips.
Big thanks to Bill and Dave. I have no idea where Dave finds the time – but I’m thankful he does.
Ebay cheat sheet still going strong: latest one is here.