Caboose Update - Framing
Here are some updates on our new caboose.
First, here’s a view of the frame in the very early stages. A caboose, like most all rolling stock made 100 years ago, was made nearly entirely of wood. Our frame is made of oak, for strength, just like the real ones.
There are metal parts, of course. You can see one of the ‘knuckle” couplers here, and some of the tensioning rods that add strength to the car without adding a lot of weight.
And here you can see the siding going on. This is clear yellow poplar, correctly scaled, and cut with tongue-and-groove to be as authentic as possible.