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 Groups.io. He is a retired Soo employee and historian of the railroad. Here is what Stu posted today:
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