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DL&W Steel Caboose

Image of finished caboose will appear here.

WARNING: The following dissertation contains modeling methods which may be appalling.


For Christmas of 2004 I received one of these kits. It is put out by Joe Lofland of JJLmodels.

Photo Sources

The best photo sources for this model would be the Erie/DLW Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment by Larry DeYoung.

Having assembled a few HO kits already, when you first open the box for this car my first thought was Is this it? There's more instructions than parts! The reason for this is that not only do you get instructions, but also a data sheet compiled by Mike DelVecchio.

Decals are available for this kit are not included because of its versatility. They are available (in whichever version you're modeling) from Prime Mover Decals. I dutifully went there first and ordered set PMD-029 for my Lackawanna caboose.

The Parts: The kit consists of light gray resin castings of the shell, roofs, underframe, and little bits such as the window awnings. The trucks are included as are the draft gear and couplers. Brake parts, wire grab irons, a metal sheet of etched parts and a length of brass wire round out the supplied items.

Preparation: Clean the flash from the body shell and anything else you feel like. Take out the parts and look at them. Identify them. Become familiar with them. I usually study photographs of what I'm working on. Joe Lofland offers to answer questions and even has an online version of the instructions on his website with color photos.

The instructions are a bit confusing because my kit has two different versions of them. One version pretty much says "put the caboose together." The other set is more precise and has so much description that I hope actually doing the steps will enlighten me as to their purpose.

On the JJ Models website is a review of their kit for the DLW steel
caboose kit. In that review, it is stated that the supplied roof walks supplied on the etched stainless steel parts sheet are incorrect for cabooses previous to Number 882.

The number I'm modeling is # 878 as per page 224 of the Greenberg/Lowenthal book Lackawanna Railroad in Northwest New Jersey. Therefore I looked for an alternative.

What I did was to purchase 1 Detail Associates Freight Details # 6203 running board. I cut it to size, comparing it to the supplied etched part and glued it on the roofs of my caboose. I think it well represents the U.S. Gypsum expanded steel running boards with the rectangular grid work.

...To be continued.

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