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    Information posted here is about my collection of model Chessie System cabooses.  These little cars that have brought up the rear of the train for years are now a distant memory.  However, in the Chessie Era most trains still had these cabooses at their tails.  There are a wide variety of kits available now that allow the modeler to easily create a highly detailed roster of Chessie System cabooses

    Chessie rostered 28 major classes of cabooses.  Some classes had as many as three sub-classes.  My goal is to model every class and subclass Chessie owned.

    Chessie System cabooses generally came from their parent or predecessor railroads, which tend to each prefer different types of cabooses.  The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) liked the "bay-window" caboose and the "wagon-tops".  They had a few old wood cupola cabooses, one transfer and one steel cupola type as well.  The Chesepeake & Ohio liked the "wide-vision" caboose and the steel cupola cabooses.  They did have one order of "bay-windows" and some secondhand "Northeasts" purchased from WM.  The Western Maryland liked the "Northeast" caboose, and only rostered that type.

    Also, each parent road never painted all of their cabooses into the Chessie scheme.  So, throughout the Chessie Era (1972-1986) parent paint schemes were still seen.  All blue B&O or C&O cabooses, and the rare red,white, & black or maroon WM cabin could be seen throughout the Chessie Era.

    Additionally, there were four Toledo Terminal (TT) cabooses that were acquired by the C&O in late 1984.  They were originally TT 90-93 and numbered C&O 903326-3329.  903326 was very close to a C-13/C-13A class caboose.  903327-3329 were a different wide vision type than the C-25 class, but similar in appearance.  None of these four cabooses were shown on any roster that I have found, though many photos of them exist.  For the purpose of this website, I call 903326 the "C-29" class and 903327-3329 the "C-30" class.

    Finally, the Chessie System painted a series of cabooses from each of the parent roads into unique "Safety" paint schemes around 1974.  The "safety" paint schemes came in a rainbow of colors, blue, red, green, yellow, white, orange, brown and even purple.  They road the rails in these special schemes until they were retired.  Around 1982, Chessie also painted six cabooses into a special "Careful Car Handling" (CCH) scheme.  These six were all painted the same vermillion (orangish red) color with a CCH logo.  One C-23 caboose, B&O 902884, was painted in 1985 into a one of a kind green paint job promoting safety at the Cumberland Shops.  This caboose is not part of the "Safety" paint schemes done in the early 70's.  

    Below is a table of my completed models of Chessie System cabooses.  Click below on the number to see a picture and description of each model caboose.  At the bottom of this page is a list of all Chessie caboose classes, their road numbers, and the most accurate kit on the market for that class.
Chessie-B&O Chessie-C&O Chessie-WM B&O C&O WM Safety Cabooses
Safety Cabooses
Safety Cabooses
Careful Car Handling
C-2420 (C-18) 90124 (C-15A) 1828 (C-13A)
C-2899 (C-23) 90002 (C-15) 1897 (C-13A)
901802 (C-13A) 903028 (C-24)
903664 (C-15C)
903103 (C-25)
C-2482 (C-18) 90241 (C-20) 1893 (C-13A)
903782 (C-26)
903202 (C-25)
901803 (C-13A)
903035 (C-24) 903714 (C-26)
903118 (C-25)
902884 (C-23) 90320 (C-21)



901806 (C-13A) 903043 (C-24)
903718 (C-26)
903237 (C-25)
C-2895 (C-23) 903296 (C-25)



901811 (C-13A) 903143 (C-25) 903771 (C-26)
903747 (C-26)






903000 (C-24)
903163 (C-25) 903774 (C-26)
903758 (C-26)






C-3003 (C-24) 903246 (C-25)
903820 (C-26)






903010 (C-24) 903282 (C-25)








903017 (C-24)
903285 (C-25)
Cumberland Caboose






903025 (C-24)
903287 (C-25)
902884 (C-23)

Below is a list of all Chessie caboose classes, their road numbers, and the most accurate kit on the market for that class.


FIRST SERIES SECOND SERIES
PROTOTYPE KIT KIT

MODELING
CLASS ROAD START STOP START STOP TYPE NOTES BUILDER NAME ACCURACY MY MODEL(S) OF THIS CLASS NOTES AND TIPS
C-1 B&O C-397       Wood Cupola Only one caboose in class.  Last one retired 1977.  Most likely B&O red scheme. Pacific Mountain CHK-03 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Very similar to a C-6 class caboose, Rare Beano I-I kit was based on this class.
C-2 B&O C-1600 C-1616     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Last one retired 1972.  Have only seen B&O red scheme. Pacific Mountain CHK-03 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Very similar to a C-6 class caboose, Rare Beano I-I kit could also be a start point
C-3 B&O C-2601 C-2665     Wood Cupola Small class.  Last one retired 1979.  Have only seen B&O red scheme. Pacific Mountain CHK-03 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Very similar to a C-6 class caboose, Rare Beano I-I kit could also be a start point
C-4 B&O C-400 C-499 C-1401 C-1434 Wood Cupola Small class.  Last one retired 1977.  Have seen in both B&O red and B&O yellow.  Some cars had cupolas removed. Pacific Mountain CHK-03 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Very similar to a C-6 class caboose, especially if modeling one of the cars with cuploa removed.  Some windows also covered over if plywood was applied over original grooved siding.  Rare Beano I-I kit could also be a start point.
C-5 B&O 90363 90370     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Last one retired 1976.  Rounded top of cupola is main difference from common C-6 / C-6A / C-6B.  Have only seen B&O red scheme. Pacific Mountain PMHK-04 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Would require a scratchbuild rounded top cupola to be accurate.
C-6 B&O C-1900 C-2299     Wood Cupola Rare 15' truck center version of C-6A and B.  Have seen B&O red and B&O yellow schemes. Pacific Mountain PMHK-02 Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era, including covering some of the 8 side windows.
C-6A B&O C-1901 C-2160     Wood Cupola A C-6 with the truck centers moved from 15 to 19 feet.  Most common wood caboose class.  Have seen B&O red and B&O yellow schemes.  Some painted Chessie. Pacific Mountain PMHK-04 Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era, including covering some of the 8 side windows.
C-6B B&O C-1903 C-2260     Wood Cupola A ballasted C-6A.  Most common wood caboose class.  Have seen B&O red and B&O yellow schemes.  Some painted Chessie. Pacific Mountain PMHK-04 Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era, including covering some of the 8 side windows.
C-7 C&O 90657 90680     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Have only seen C&O yellow scheme. Walthers 25' Wood Caboose Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era.
C-8 C&O 90681 90999     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Last one retired 1980.  Most were C&O yellow, but some were painted Chessie. Walthers 25' Wood Caboose Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era.
C-8 B&O 90689 90998     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Not all #s in series.  Most were B&O yellow, but some were painted Chessie. Walthers 25' Wood Caboose Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era.
C-9 C&O 90603 90652     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Last one retired 1980.  Have only seen C&O yellow scheme. Walthers 25' Wood Caboose Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Many were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era.
C-9 B&O 90619 90631     Wood Cupola Only two cabooses in class.  Neither was painted Chessie, both were in B&O yellow. Walthers 25' Wood Caboose Perfect Kit purchased.  Not yet built This kit was designed to represent this class.  Kit is the original grooved siding.  Both were covered with smooth plywood in Chessie Era.
C-10 C&O A800 A824     Wood Cupola Very small class.  Have seen C&O red and C&O yellow schemes. Glor Craft or Quality Craft ? ? Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Very rare wood kit which is next to impossible to find.
C-11 B&O C-2500       Steel Bay Window Prototype caboose for C-22 and C-23 classes.  Most likely only B&O red scheme. Athearn Bay Window Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built Requires shortening the Athearn shell.  Pacific Mountain also offered C-22 and C-23 in resin, which would be a good starting point.
C-12 B&O C-2503 C-2505     Steel Wagontop Very small class, only 3 cabooses.  B&O yellow and Chessie schemes seen. Pacific Mountain CHK-09 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built A C-18 with round end windows.  End window modification needed on Pacific Mountain kit.  Spring Mills Depot also offers C-18, which also would require end window modification.
C-12A B&O C-2502   C-2506 C-2507 Steel Wagontop Very small class, only 3 cabooses.  B&O red and Chessie schemes seen. Pacific Mountain CHK-09 Above Average Kit purchased.  Not yet built A C-18 with round end windows.  End window modification needed on Pacific Mountain kit.  Spring Mills Depot also offers C-18, which also would require end window modification.
C-13 C&O 90350 90356     Steel Cupola Very small class.  Bought from WM (C13A Class).  All in C&O yellow scheme. Life-Like P2K Steel Center Cupola Highly Kit purchased.  Not yet built Mod kit offered to change steps to C&O type and add window awnings.
C-13A WM 1802 1905     Steel Cupola The only WM class of caboose in Chessie Era.  WM maroon, WM red/white/black, Chessie and safety schemes seen. Life-Like P2K Steel Center Cupola Perfect 1828, 1893, 1897 Perfect right out of the box.  This kit may have been based on the WM C-13A class.
C-14 C&O A901 A925     Steel Cupola A C-20 with an older horizontal brake wheel.  Seen in C&O yellow and Chessie schemes. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly Kit purchased.  Not yet built Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Needs brake wheel modification to be an accurate C-14.
C-15 C&O 90001 90049     Steel Cupola Only one caboose, 90002, escaped modification to C-15C variant.  Had an older horizontal brake wheel.  Most likely C&O yellow scheme. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly 90002 Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Needs brake wheel modification to be an accurate C-15.
C-15A C&O 90050 90199     Steel Cupola A C-20 with underbody battery box.  Both C&O yellow and Chessie schemes seen. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly 90124 Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Just need to add an under body battery box to be accurate.
C-15B B&O C-3050       Steel Cupola The only B&O steel cupola caboose.  Have only seen it in Chessie paint scheme. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly Kit purchased.  Not yet built Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Extra vent on one side and minor other additions made by B&O.
C-15C C&O 3500 3684     Steel Cupola One of the main C&O classes.  A modified C-15 with different window shape and awnings removed.  Outshopped in C&O blue, but all painted Chessie.  3664 painted in safety scheme. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Above Average Waiting on DR&LE release to buy the kits for this class. Detroit River & Lake Erie coming out with one in late 2013.
C-16 C&O A950 A989     Steel Cupola A C-20 with the ladder on the left side, not right.  C&O yellow and Chessie schemes seen. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly Kit purchased.  Not yet built Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Just need to move the ladder to the left side, when looking at the end, to be accurate.
C-17 B&O C-1800 C-1835     Wood Bay Window Last one retired 1981.  Most likely all in B&O red. Beano I-16 Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Rare Beano I-16 class would be a good starting point.
C-18 B&O C-2400 C-2499 C-2800 C-2824 Steel Wagontop B&Os production wagontop class.  Delivered in B&O blue, but many painted Chessie. Pacific Mountain CHK-06 Highly Kits purchased.  Not yet built Perfect right out of the box.  Spring Mills Depot also offers an excellent ready to run caboose in all paint schemes.
C-19 B&O C-2300 C-2374 C-2700 C-2799 Wood Bay Window Last one retired 1977.  Probably still painted B&O red when retired. Beano I-16 Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Rare Beano I-16 class would be a good starting point.
C-20 C&O 90200 90299     Steel Cupola C&O yellow and Chessie schemes seen. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Perfect 90241 Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype
C-21 C&O 90300 90349     Steel Cupola A C-20 with the ladder on the left side, not right.  C&O yellow and Chessie schemes seen. Atlas Trainman C&O Steel Cupola Highly Kit purchased.  Not yet built Atlas Kit based on C&O C-20 prototype.  Just need to move the ladder to the left side, when looking at the end, to be accurate.
C-22 B&O C-2850 C-2861     Steel Bay Window Small square B&O bay window cabooses.  Slotted steps are main difference from C-23s.  Delivered in B&O blue, but many painted Chessie Athearn Bay Window Above Average Will renumber and modify one of the three C-23s, probably 902884 Requires shortening the Athearn shell.  Pacific Mountain also offered one in resin.
C-23 B&O C-2862 C-2909 C-2925 C-2960 Steel Bay Window Same as C-22 but without slotted steps.  Delivered in B&O blue, but many painted Chessie. 902884 painted in one of a kind Cumberland Shop Safety green scheme. Athearn Bay Window Above Average 902884, C2895, C2899 Requires shortening the Athearn shell.  Pacific Mountain also offered one in resin.
C-24 B&O C-3000 C-3045     Steel Bay Window Delivered in B&O blue.  Many painted Chessie, including safety schemes WrightTrak Bay Window Stand In C3003, 903010, 903035 Wrong window placement on both WrightTrak and Athearn models.  Both require significant rework.
C-25 C&O 3100 3325     Steel Wide Vision The main class of C&O cabooses.  Delivered in C&O blue.  Most painted Chessie, also included safety and careful car handling schemes Athearn Wide Vision Above Average 903118, 903143, 903163, 903202, 903246, 903285, 903287, 903296  Wrong window placement, but acceptable.  Atlas also offers one.
C-26 B&O C-3700 C-3827     Steel Bay Window One of the main classes used by Chessie.  Last B&O class delivered in B&O blue.  Many painted Chessie, also Included safety and careful car handling schemes WrightTrak Bay Window Perfect 903782 This kit was designed to represent the B&O C-26.  It is perfect right out of the box.
C-26A B&O C-3828 C-3924     Steel Bay Window One of the main classes used by Chessie.  Delivered in the Chessie scheme WrightTrak Bay Window Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Needs bay window modification to be right
C-27 B&O C-3925 C-3986     Steel Bay Window One of the main classes used by Chessie.  Delivered in the Chessie scheme WrightTrak Bay Window Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Needs bay window modification to be right
C-27A B&O 904000 904093     Steel Bay Window One of the main classes used by Chessie.  Delivered in the Chessie scheme WrightTrak Bay Window Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Different roof pattern than C-26
C-27A C&O 904094 904159     Steel Bay Window One of the main classes used by Chessie.  Delivered in the Chessie scheme WrightTrak Bay Window Above Average Need to find and purchase kit. Different roof pattern than C-26
C-28 B&O C-3051       Transfer Caboose B&Os only transfer caboose.  Have only seen pictures of it in Chessie paint scheme. None None None Available Future scratchbuild project. Needs to be scratchbuilt.  Bluford Shops kit is highly inaccurate.
"C-29" C&O 903326       Steel Cupola Acquired 1984 from Toledo Terminal.  Very similar to C-13 / C-13A.  Painted all red. Life-Like P2K Steel Center Cupola Highly Need to find and purchase kit. Need to add rain gutters over side windows and port hole windows on ends
"C-30" C&O 903327 903329     Steel Cupola Acquired 1984 from Toledo Terminal.  Painted all red. Atlas Wide Vision Stand In Need to find and purchase kit. Requires substantial window and cupola modification





















 




 

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