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Bobber caboose question
Posted by NVSRR on Monday, October 31, 2022 12:56 PM

Most cabooses are a form of red or boxcar red, bobbers no exception.   There are some color schemes from that era on standard cabooses, so was the same true for bobbers?  UP had its yellow red on bobbers too.   Google yields only black and white photos.  And loads of models. What colors did exist on bobbers?

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Posted by PM Railfan on Monday, October 31, 2022 5:12 PM

What colors did exist on Bobbers? Pretty much all the colors on all other types of cabooses. What ever the railroad had on hand that was cheapest, easiest to do, and follows some sort of protocol if need be. 

 

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Posted by NVSRR on Monday, October 31, 2022 7:25 PM

I havent seen anything written either that indicated anything other than red or boxcar red. 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, October 31, 2022 8:06 PM

I have a bobber caboose that I got in a box of used trains.  It's just cheap sheet metal, painted red.  I've never run it.  It has one horn hook.  The caboose has no markings.

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Posted by dehusman on Monday, October 31, 2022 8:38 PM

Cabooses are painted whatever the standard is for the railroad, 4 wheel or 8 wheel.  If the railroad had bobber cabooses they would be painted standard railroad colors for the time.

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Posted by wjstix on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 1:25 PM

Keep in mind some states outlawed bobber cabooses pretty far back. Here in Minnesota, the Railroad Act of 1911 (IIRC) required cabooses to be at least 24' long and have at least two four-wheel trucks. So I suspect relatively few bobbers were around long enough to get colorful post-war type decoration.

BTW the Missabe Road's classic wood cabooses, as modelled in HO by Walthers, were the result of the railroad taking two bobbers and combining them into one caboose so they met the legal requirements. You can see how it was originally a bobber with the cupola between the two windows, and then they added the non-cupola part of another one with one window to get it to length.

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