New ‘boose

The Tri-ang tender used with the FCPyF’s consolidation was an eBay purchase and came with an HO scale Bachmann caboose, the chassis of which was used to replace the original running gear under the tender. That left me with a spare caboose body.

The body was shortened to match an old Hornby four wheeled coach chassis then beefed up using coffee stirrers to gain width and height, creating a new On30 caboose… You can never have too many brake vans!

The new crummy differs from a similar conversion in that it is smooth sided (card) rather than having the vertical planks (coffee stirrers) used on the earlier model.

Both are currently fitted with tension lock couplers but these may be replaced at some stage with Kadees.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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