Available Items

20-91748

O Scale Premier Bay Window Caboose
  • Milwaukee Road

20-91749

O Scale Premier Bay Window Caboose
  • New York Central

20-91750

O Scale Premier Bay Window Caboose
  • Union Pacific

20-91751

O Scale Premier Bay Window Caboose
  • Norfolk & Western

Premier O Scale Bay Window Caboose Announced

May 3, 2022 - M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing the Premier O Scale Bay Window Caboose in four select liveries beginning this Fall. Each of these unique schemes will be available in two car numbers in very limited quantities. The cars should begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in October 2022.

As freight cars grew taller, observing a train from the cupola of a caboose became increasingly difficult. In the wooden car era, another problem with cupola cabooses was sagging roofs. In an effort to solve these problems, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown railroad introduced the bay window caboose in 1923. (In fact, however, bay windows had been used on New York & Harlem Railroad passenger cars as far back as the 1850s, to enable conductors to better anticipate station arrivals.)

In 1930 the Baltimore & Ohio became the first railroad to adopt the bay window style as its standard caboose; it never purchased another cupola model. During the same decade, the Milwaukee Road and the Northern Pacific built substantial bay window fleets as well.

But it was immediately after World War II that the bay window design became widespread, as car heights increased significantly and cupolas became less and less useful. As with diesels and other modern freight cars, these postwar bay window cabooses were part of the shift away from customized, railroad-specific locos and cars toward standardized designs produced in large quantities on efficient assembly lines. Key builders of bay window cabooses included International Car Company and American Car & Foundry.

Check out each of the schemes in the list on the left.

BAY WINDOW CABOOSE FEATURES

  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Detailed Car Interior
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • (2) Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Caboose Interiors With Overhead Lighting
  • Detailed Brake Wheel
  • Separate Metal Handrails
  • Brakeman Figure
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • Unit Measures: 10 7/8” x 2 15/16” x 3 13/16”
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

Product Features

  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
  • Detailed Car Interior
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • (2) Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • O Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Caboose Interiors With Overhead Lighting
  • Detailed Brake Wheel
  • Separate Metal Handrails
  • Brakeman Figure
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • Unit Measures: 10 7/8” x 2 15/16” x 3 13/16”
  • Operates On O-31 Curves