[LVLC] Basic construction for the new caboose.

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Hello folks,

since I was still unsure which style of caboose to build, I’m glad to present first progress on the caboose this week. During research for the sand & gravel car in the West Side Lumber Co. book, I spotted old WSLC caboose #2 with its diagonal bracings on the outside. This car looks something special and will be used as inspiration for my shorter version.

Let’s start with the basic timber construction. The timbers were cut on the bandsaw. First I thought that 4x4mm might be to thin, so I cut them to 5×5. Later I realized, that 4×4 would have been better. Anyway, next time I may remember and choose the correct size.

If I’m in need for multiple pieces with the same length, I use to bundle them together with sticky tape and cut them in one go.

The timber frames were glued together on a sheet of backing paper, since the white glue will not stick to it and the finished parts can be removed easily. The assembled segments are then glued to the car frame.

Last part for today is the cupola on top. Next week, I’ll start to cover the frame with boards and install first details as well.

Bye, Gerd

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