American Model Builders
Midland Valley Wood Caboose - Laser-Cut Wood Kit -- Less Trucks and Couplers

American Model Builders
Midland Valley Wood Caboose - Laser-Cut Wood Kit -- Less Trucks and Couplers

$52.95
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Scale
  • Miscellaneous Shortline
  • Walthers Part # 152-886

Product Information

This Midland Valley Wood Caboose kit from American Model Builders is based on the Midland Valley's 121 -130 series cabooses. The cars had their origins with the Florida East Coast Railroad, beginning life as the 700 - 800 series wood side door cabooses from Mount Vernon Car Company in 1923. Another 100 cars would be received by 1927 built in the shops of both Mount Vernon and the Magor Car Company. The cabooses featured steel frames, a 33 foot 10 inch long carbody, ratchet-type handbrakes, and rode on either Andrews leaf spring trucks or express-type trucks.
 
The Midland Valley purchased ten of the FEC cabooses secondhand through Georgia Car and Locomotive in late 1936 at a cost of $1650 each. The new crummies more than likely arrived still exhibiting their side doors as FEC did not rebuild their own fleet until the 1950s, at which time they removed the doors in favor of a window. Nonetheless, the MV would by the late 1940s make the same modification to their cabooses with a large window replacing the side door.
 
The MV car series appears to have been generally retired by the early 1950s upon the arrival of Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf's new International Car Company steel cabooses. At least one of the cars, No. 128, received steel sheathing over the original wood siding while another, possibly No. 121, was completely rebuilt with steel sides and converted to an airbrake instruction car. The balance of the small fleet is believed to have been relegated to bunk car service before being scrapped.
 
This LASERkit features all laser-cut components with custom laser-scribed side and end walls; tab-and-slot and peel-and-stick construction; laser-cut underframe, end platforms, end railing, and brake wheels; cast resin platform steps and brake gear; white metal smokejack; multi-name logo signage; fully illustrated instructions that provide information on painting and decaling the assembled model; and fixtures to aid the modeler in creating all the handholds, ladders and truss rods appropriate for the prototype.
 
Complete this Midland Valley Wood Caboose kit with your choice of WalthersProto(R) 920-2032 Andrews Caboose Trucks or Kadee(R) No. 580 Bettendorf AAR Caboose Trucks, your choice of knuckle couplers and draft gear boxes (all sold separately). Microscale decals 460-90321 Railroad Roman Letters and Numbers (sold separately) are a match for the lettering.