Union Pacific Caboose Project Update
Availability: This project is currently under development, reservations will be taken starting at a date to be announced. If you are a current customer you will automatically receive the announcement materials. If you are not a current customer and are interested in this project, please let me know so that I can forward material to you when available, get in touch with me using any means listed in the contact information.
Versions Offered: TBD
Production Quantity: 100
2/11/13 - The Union Pacific project will definitely be the next in line for our caboose projects, it will follow as closely behind the C&O project as possible. Every effort is being made at this point to try and catch up for lost time as a result of all the various issues that have impeded our project efforts. There seems to be a very strong preference for the CA-1 version or versions and it has yet to be determined if the CA-3 will be included in the overall project. Stay tuned for more details as they will hopefully be coming very soon.
9/07/10 - While at the National Narrow Gauge Convention in St. Louis, I took the opportunity to 'run' over to Belton, Missouri where the Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad has a preserved Union Pacific CA-1 caboose in their collection. Although not restored, the 'cab' was in nice original condition with only the roof and smoke jack being modified. This was a great resource for confirming design information and filling in a couple of data holes. If you're interested in more information regarding the BG&KCRR, they do have a web site, click Here.
8/28/10 - I have already received a great deal of feedback regarding our UP caboose project, including the photos below provided by one of my great supporters, Muncel Chang from Portola, California. The photos of the CA-3 were taken in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum located in Portola. Muncel indicated that the caboose appeared to be complete and in good condition aside from the paint, he also said that restoration plans are already in place. As I have always said, the more photos the better, regardless of condition, because you never know what reference detail may be gleaned from the available material. Many thanks to Muncel for taking the time to head over to the museum to shoot the photos for us to share.
I do not want to comment on the feedback received so far in fear of skewing the results. I'll give it some more time and will then let everyone know what direction the interest is heading. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time already to weigh in on my request!
8/22/10 - Although I have already collected a great deal of reference material for the CA-1 class cabooses, a research trip has been planned to document a preserved prototype next month. Kansas City, Missouri will be the destination, hopefully I will bring back some interesting photos to share on this new project site.
8/20/10 - At this stage of our project development our first order of business is to narrow the prototype selections that we will be modeling. The basic information for two versions has been provided on the project information page and I would like to solicit feedback regarding which version is most desirable as a subject for our project, the CA-1 class wooden caboose or the CA-3 class steel caboose. If there is enough support for both versions, it may be possible to produce both as I did with the Norfolk & Western cabooses. Additional prototype information will be provided in due course.