MODELING: Soo Line Caboose Redux

The above painting by David Oram captures the feel of the old Soo Line.  Their wooden caboooses were part of the railroads character.

As a followup to the last posting on the Soo caboose that Robert Leners built, I have some additional information to share on the subject.

Robert sent me a picture of the underframe prior to painting.  The AB system is a San Juan kit.  The installation seems to be fairly common for rebuilt wood Soo cabooses. Dennis Storzek pointed out that the needle beam are farther apart compared to the majority of the rebuilt cars.  This was an artifact of the original car’s longer length.

Stu Nelson posted a followup on the Soo History on  He is a retired Soo employee and historian of the railroad.   Here is what Stu posted today:

 A little information on the caboose 99090 and that series.
Haskell & Barker built a series of cabooses in 1909 for the WC.  
WC numbers  WC 152 to WC 201  became renumbered 99056 to 99095.
Believe all were the  design of 4 windows on each side and cupola  closer to one end.
     99090 was built  Feb 23, 1909  as  WC 196.  32 ft 6 in long
Renum  99090  on Nov 29, 1909 
     Further info   Window Curtains inst at  Stevens Point  Dec 1923
        Permanent back-up pipe and whistle,    Steel Center Sill,   Refrigerator inst  Stevens Point  Nov 1927.
         Shatter proof windows inst   Fond du Lac  Dec 1938.
I believe the major reconstruction of the sides to the 3 window on one side and one on the other
was done during that session at Stevens Point  in 1927.

This is an excellent rundown on the car’s history.

Here is a CAD drawing done by Dennis Storzek.  It shows the general arrangement for rebuilt Soo cars.

That’s all for now



2 thoughts on “MODELING: Soo Line Caboose Redux

  1. You’ll note one oddity of the Soo’s Steel underframe rebuilds; the brake cylinder is right on the longitudinal center line of the car, not to one side of the center sill as was commonly done. This was true of the KC brake equipment applied during the original rebuild, and continued after conversion to AB equipment… In fact the same 8″ x 12″ brake cylinder from the earlier was retained.

    The Soo’s steel underframes used on these cars were very basic; two 10″ channels made the center sill, and the same left and right hand pressings made both crossbearers and bolster webs. The parts were spaced out to match the original bolster and needle beam locations, and the original truss rods were retained. Since there were no steel side sills, when it was time to mount the AB reservoir on these cars with only two truss rods, a heavy steel angle section was fitted between the crossbearers to carry the bracket for one end. Cars with four truss rods typically had room for the reservoir between the inner and outer rods.

    This is a very nice model of these unique cars.

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