IN STOCK NOW D&RGW Long Caboose
Blackstone Models is pleased to announce the 2009 arrival of these narrow gauge classics. Due to popular demand, the D&RGW “round roof” Long Caboose will be available in HOn3 in all five D&RGW road numbers. We proudly offer each road number in your choice of the 1930s era “Button” Herald, as well as the familiar 1940s-1970s Flying Grande Herald. In addition, we are releasing a painted unlettered version for you to adapt this handsome narrow gauge car to your Favourite HOn3 railroad! .
A Little History
Between 1912 and 1923, the D&RG(W)
Railroad rebuilt five 1880s style short cabooses in order to
help maintain a small fleet of durable and up to date “crummies”.
Eventually consisting of road numbers 0503, 0505, 0517,
0540, and 0574, these “rebuilds” were more or less new cars
that utilized the hardware of the old cabooses. These
cabooses are referred to as “Class 5” by Dr. Robert Sloan in
his book “A Century Plus Ten of D&RGW Narrow Gauge Freight
Cars 1871 to 1981”. Favoured by railroad crews, the car
bodies were 25 foot in length and sported wider platforms
than their sister long cabooses in use at that time.
Featuring the more traditional “round” roof style, these
cabooses were seen all over the D&RGW narrow gauge system up
to the end of operations. Interestingly, the 0540 was the
very last caboose to be used by the D&RGW narrow gauge
working out of Durango, Colorado in 1980. Today, all five
cabooses of this class remain and three are currently
operable. The Durango and Silverton Railroad operates the
0505 and 0540, while the Friends of the C&TS are currently
rebuilding the 0503 for continued use on the Cumbres and
Toltec Scenic Railroad. The 0574 is nicely restored and
survives at the Colorado Railroad Museum, while 0517 sits on
display with other narrow gauge railroad equipment in
Blackstone Models is releasing different versions of each road number to ensure you have the caboose that will fit your favourite era. We greatly encourage your reservations in order to assist us in determining our quantities in this production run. Please note that while we will produce quantities somewhat over the initial demand, we have found that certain road numbers move quickly.
Stock figures only approximate
|Availability updated 23/05/13|