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Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby SST » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:53 am

Has anybody purchased the caboose from Niagara Hobby yet? I'd love to get a hold of it and tour the country with it.
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Postby charlie6017 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:45 am

SST wrote:Has anybody purchased the caboose from Niagara Hobby yet? I'd love to get a hold of it and tour the country with it.


According to Facebook posts, it hasn't been sold yet. Many folks are saying the owner is asking way, way, way too
much for it.

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Postby erie2937 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:16 pm

Price is $80,000 or thereabouts. Without roller bearing axles that caboose cannot go anywhere on rails. Brakes would be an issue too. No railroad would hang it on the hind end of a freight train and it could never be run in an Amtrak consist.
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Re: AAPRCO Private Rail Car Owner Special

Postby MACTRAXX » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:47 pm

Everyone:

Without going too much off the AAPRCO topic does anyone have pictures of the Niagara Hobby
caboose? The reason I ask is to see if George Wybenga ever sketched it for one of his caboose
art paintings that can be seen at http://www.cabooseart.com

Unfortunately George passed away in the past year - literally around the time a book containing
his caboose art was released. He traveled all over North America to seek out cabooses for his art
and this would have more then likely been a prime candidate for a visit to WNY.

I also think that the reason for the very high asking price is that the owner does not want to part
with this caboose unless they can get big money for it - in short it is not priced to actually sell...

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Re: AAPRCO Private Rail Car Owner Special

Postby charlie6017 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:52 pm

MACTRAXX wrote:Without going too much off the AAPRCO topic does anyone have pictures of the Niagara Hobby
caboose?


Here's a screenshot I lifted off their website.

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Re: AAPRCO Private Rail Car Owner Special

Postby lvrr325 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:54 am

It's posted on a rail classified for $85K, which is way, way too much. It's an N&W car (C2 class 518439) dressed up as Erie, from a class which has tons of preserved examples out there. So while in nice shape, from a museum standpoint it needs paint work; from a private owner standpoint, it's stuck on whatever host road you park it on without a change of trucks; basically it's good for a cabin or a billboard like it's been used for.

More realistic pricing would be under $20,000. There are plenty on Ozark Mountain Railcar for that or under many of which could be interchanged.
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:10 pm

SST wrote:Has anybody purchased the caboose from Niagara Hobby yet? I'd love to get a hold of it and tour the country with it.


Caboose is a freight car, not covered by AAPRCO in any way, not hauled by Amtrak, and you cannot use a caboose as a private car to "tour the country." Sorry to burst your bubble.

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Re: AAPRCO Private Rail Car Owner Special

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:11 pm

lvrr325 wrote:It's posted on a rail classified for $85K, which is way, way too much... More realistic pricing would be under $20,000. There are plenty on Ozark Mountain Railcar for that or under many of which could be interchanged.


A more realistic price would be $8500... Anyone is going to have to spend at least $10,000 to move it out of there with trucks and cranes.

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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby lvrr325 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:45 am

I was basing the price on what other people want for their cabooses. A lot of those also needed to be trucked. Unlike eBay that site didn't look to have a feature to show what people have actually sold cabooses for.

Yes, the only touring you do in a caboose is if you find a tourist railroad that might host it to go back and forth on. Even if it has roller trucks it moves empty as a freight car on the class 1 roads.
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby RMB357 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:49 am

It would look great on an excursion trip over the Buffalo Southern / NYLE if they could extend service and run to Cherry Creek, tack on a couple of more descent caboose and just run a unique trip . Of course it would have to come down in price and get fixed up but it wouldn't have to be trucked to far.. and someone with money to do it all .
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby SST » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:53 pm

I drove passed Niagara Hobby yesterday. Crappy driving conditions and busy on Union Road....I almost missed it. To my surprise, the caboose is still on the property and shrink wrapped. Somebody loves that caboose.

Sorry, no picture. To crazy out to stop.
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby BR&P » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:10 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:A more realistic price would be $8500... Anyone is going to have to spend at least $10,000 to move it out of there with trucks and cranes. -otto-


The alternative would be to scrap it. If you estimate $150/ton for scrap, times ballpark 30 tons for the caboose, that's $4,500 - less the cost of actually cutting it up. Hopefully somebody will come up with something higher than scrap price and give it a good home.
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby New Haven 1 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:19 am

Here is the caboose on Sterling's website listed for $58,000.00 with several interior photos.

http://www.sterlingrail.com/classifieds ... p?id=18709

Ironically, the other caboose listed here is for half the price($29,000.00 ) and is already done up as the photos show.

http://www.sterlingrail.com/classifieds ... p?id=19278

As it doesn't mention specifically, I would imagine you would have to inquire further regarding road worthiness let alone moving this one. Fairly nice interior though.

Among the other interesting things on this site, I liked this Fairmont speeder along with a custom built trailer for $9500.00.

http://www.sterlingrail.com/classifieds ... p?id=18962
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby JPoland » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:46 pm

So Niagara hobby is OOS? On the RIP Track?
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Re: Niagara Hobby caboose for sale

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:28 pm

Yes, Niagara Hobby has closed down.
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