MTH 20-91808 - 35' Woodside Caboose "SOO Line" #99008 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
MTH 20-91808 - 35' Woodside Caboose "SOO Line" #99008 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
MTH 20-91808 - 35' Woodside Caboose "SOO Line" #99008 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains

MTH 20-91808 - 35' Woodside Caboose "SOO Line" #99008 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains

SKU: 20-91808
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Product Information

Announced Date: May 2022
Released Date: July 2023
Individually Boxed: No - 2 to a case
  • Road Name: SOO Line
  • Road Number: 99008
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale

Formerly 20-9177SOO

Please note - these cabooses have been retooled from previous runs.

MTH is making several tooling changes to make this run of cabooses more attractive and prototypical than previous offerings. The images in today's email do not reflect some of the changes - the steps are being retooled to not flair out as far, the old marker light detail is being changed to a more prototypical look, and the deck floors that were smooth metal will feature wood grain detail. It was difficult to make the digital images look accurate - especially for the steps.

  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body
  • Detailed Interior
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 2-Wheel Trucks
  • Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • Colorful, Attractive Paint Schemes
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • Near-Scale Proportions
  • Operating Interior Lighting
  • Brakeman Figure
  • Unit Measures: 10 1/16” x 2 13/16” x 2 1/16”
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

Before railroads, “caboose” referred to a small cookhouse on the deck of a sailing ship. Nobody knows for sure, but it was likely the 1850s before the first railroad caboose gave a train crew shelter from the weather. The Civil War era marked the emergence of boxcar-like cabin cars or conductor’s cars with side and perhaps end doors, windows, a heating and cooking stove, bunks, and roof lanterns to mark the end of the train.

But management often resisted providing creature comforts to crews, and it would be well into the 1870s before cabooses were widespread on American trains. While the cupola, known then as a “lookout” or “observatory,” first appeared during the Civil War era, flat-roofed cabooses outnumbered cabin cars with cupolas as late as the 1880s. By the turn of the century, however, the cupola caboose had attained its final shape, one it would keep until cabooses became extinct in the 1980s.

What did change significantly in the early 20th century was the solidity of caboose construction. As with many changes in railroad equipment, it was instigated in part by legislators. The end of a train was a particularly dangerous place to be, and numerous wooden cabooses were crushed by rear-end collisions or simply the brute force of the large pusher locomotives then coming into use. State legislators took note — no doubt prompted by constituents who worked for railroads — and began to demand stronger caboose construction. One example was a 1913 Ohio law mandating steel underframes on cabooses used in pusher service. Since many northeastern railroads ran through Ohio, this law had a widespread effect.

The Premier model represents a typical woodsided, steel under­frame caboose built in the early 20th century. While new construction generally switched to all-steel by the 1920s, older wood cabooses with steel underframes were still seen on American railroads into the 1960s.

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