• Wide Vision Cabooses

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Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by NYC-BKO
I post this again got no replies before the exit. I remember reading back in the seventies about the NYC receiveing 2 Wide Vision Cabooses to test but were rejected and sold to the Rutland who did own 2. Can anyone verify this, I want to model one, this would have been in 1959 and I think they were in the century green w/cigarband scheme. Thanks.

  by clehman
I've never seen a photo of a NYC wide-vision caboose, nor have I even heard about them. If the NYC did try a couple, their stay must have been extremely shortlived. I would also like to see a photo of one if anyone has one.

  by BR&P
There is a photo of 2 Rutland wide-vision cabooses on page 187 of Shaughnessy's RUTLAND book. It says they were built to D&H specs, and makes no mention of NYC involvement.

  by NYC-BKO
Well, thanks for the info. Thirty years of trying to remember where I read it and I possibly misreading it maybe they were just delivering them, I don't know but I guess the boxes of info will have to be dug out someday, maybe I can find the article. Thanks again.

  by nycrick
Unfortunately I don't have a picture but I do have aa N-scale NYC Wide
vision caboose. It's made by Con-Cor.
  by Dieter
Unfortunately, the Central never had Wide-Visions. Would have been neat if they had. I saw one available in "HO" a few years ago, may have even bought it and tossed it into a lost bag in the closet. It had a white stenciled Cigar Band logo on it, that I remember I didn't like. IHC makes one as a track cleaning car, I think.

Naturally, had the Central gone with a high profile thing like that, it would have had the R,W&B Cigar Band logo on it. If you model one, don't forget to paint the roof of the coupola WHITE to signify that it could roam the entire system! :D

It would be fun to do a contest here of people modeling a certain piece in Central. Take something the Central never had, and see how we would all make it appear in proper Central livery.....

Just a thought.

As long as we're on the subject, what is the height of a Wide Vision? Perhaps the reason why the Central never had them was the old "They didn't have Domes due to clearance"? If the Central had a clearance issue, you can bet they never even had two for a "Test Drive".

The Pennsylvania didn't have Wide Vision cabooses either, as far as I remember.


  by Otto Vondrak
Even Penn Central didn't buy into the concept... nor did sucessor Conrail (they picked up a couple from the Reading, though, class N-20's under Conrail).