model railroads of michigan
ls&i caboose #21
Serving into the 60s and early 70s, the Lake Superior & Ishpeming had a modest fleet of wood cabooses. As with the steel-sided variety, there exists a nice collection of photos, so it was relatively easy to find good shots to serve as a modeling reference.
Caboose #21 started life as a Micro-Trains 35' NYC four-window caboose. Again, if you are a collector or a purist, turn away now...... because I put the carbody on my table saw and ripped it in two pieces to eliminate the fourth window. I then used a Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel to cut the frame to size.
I used epoxy to graft the frame back together, and after some fine sanding and matching, I used interior splices and Testor's liquid cement to re-combine the two halves of the body.
Model Master Phoenician Yellow paint seemed to be a good match for the caboose, and I once again turned to the Micro-Scale decal sheet for the markings. I also added DCC-controlled interior lighting and marker lanterns, courtesy of my friends at Streamlined Backshop Services.
It is not a perfect rendition, but as I said before I am not a LS&I purist, and it turned out well enough to satisfy my interests!
Caboose #2 (MT conversion) RSD12 #1851 (DCC/sound) Track Plan (Marquette Southern)