alot of the pic links are missing - but there were a few there still, and very helpful as well as the mth manual
(where on mth web page can i find the rest of their manuals??)
i was looking for a closeup view into interior with figures on caboose as well - and by the way - what 'era' would this caboose have been on the rails?
as for scale ... aristo caboose is closer to 1/24 (at least in height they modelled the door etc), whereas usa trains is much smaller - likely nearer 1/29 - i assume lgb was at least 1/24 if not 1/20??
The Aristo is a 1/29 Great Northern caboose. The LGB one was not done to any particular scale, but it was made to match up with the 1/26 USRA mikado. At least one of the UP cabooses in the pictures is the USA trains woodside caboose, which is really 1.22.5.
For eras, the MTH caboose looks like late steam. But I am not sure what road they were modeling.
i noticed at Art Knapp that the aristo caboose and usa caboose although similar in overall size have very different scale doors etc.
that was what i meant - the usa trains door scales closer to 1/29 - at least when i placed my 6' figure beside it - the aristo is way larger - door looked to be at least 8' high
and thanks for the additional info
i will likely go with an mth cp caboose - yellow with the white / black logo - but not sure if it was a later paint scheme or if they would have used it as early as mid '60s?? - the era i want to model my track in
I didn't have anything to add to your other post in the beginner forum, but for mid-1960s, you might want to rethink the MTH route. They are making models of late steam/early diesel and modern Dash 8's.
For mid 1960s, that's the U-25-B, GP-30, GP-38. GP-40. SD-45, plus 53' Evans boxcars, 100 ton hoppers plus some 40' equipment mixed in for your freight trains. E8s were standard passenger equipment as were streamlined passenger train with some heavyweight coaches still floating around. You would even have GP7/9s, some F3s, RS-3s, S-4 switchers and GE 44-tonners still running for that era. Agreed, the 'ultimate series' USA cabooses are much better scaled equipment than the aristo long caboose. All of the above is currently made and available in 1/29 by Aristo and USA. Much of it is already painted and lettered for CP.
I was talking to a friend last night about the cabooses, and he quickly pointed out that the aristo caboose was from a time before Aristo had really settled on 1/29. So, it may or may not be 1/29 scale. However, I did some searching today and found these pictures of Great Northern caboose at the Great Lakes Ry Museum in Duluth, MN. Looks a lot like the Aristo caboose, except this one has wood siding and the aristo has rivets and steel siding.
Posted By manitouguy on 10/15/2008 10:58 PM
thanks for all the great info and pics all - very very helpful
now who can post a picture of the mth caboose beside the usa trains older style caboose .. please and thanks, Ron
Ron, I've got USA ext vision and the Aristo Long versions and a Bachmann bobber? No older style USA though, Joe
Chuck's Trains great shots!!!!