Re: The Little Giant issue on P&LE bay window cabooses

ronald parisi

Dear Larry:

Is just the single issue of the magazine for sale?

Ron Parisi

On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM, Larry Kline <lndkline@...> wrote:


The latest 48 page issue of "The Little Giant," the magazine of the
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Historical Society, was mailed today to
current members.

This issue covers both series of P&LE bay window cabooses. The first
series, P&LE 500-509, was built by the P&LE at the McKees Rocks shops
between October 1950 and January 1951. The second series, P&LE 510-519, was
built by the International Car Co. There are as-built exterior and interior
photos of both series and numerous color photos that show the variety of
paint schemes applied to the bay window cabooses. There is an interesting
group of interior photos that show the clothes, papers and equipment in the
caboose 511 when it was in service.

Frank Stingone drawings for the 500-509 series are included along with
International Car Co. drawings for the 510-519 series. Both sets of
drawings have interior and exterior views. The car cards for cabooses 501
and 514 are also included.

There were a number of upgrades to these caboose. Upgrades to the bay
window cabooses that increased their value are documented on the car cards.
Other modifications were made that apparently did not increase the value of
these cabooses since they are not listed on the car cards. The results of
these modifications can be seen in photographs of the cabooses.

Cabooses 500-509 and 512 were rebuilt starting in 1978. The rebuilding
program was stopped in late 1982, probably for financial reasons. Almost
every piece of interior equipment was replaced during this rebuilding
program. The equipment that was replaced is listed and illustrated by

The disposition of the bay window cabooses is summarized in a table. Many
have been preserved and two of them are in tourist train service.

The only prototypically accurate, commercially available models of P&LE
bay window cabooses are the HO and O scale models of the 510-519 series
cabooses imported by Alco models. A number of available N, HO and O scale
models that can be used as standins are described. Several approaches to
kitbashing more accurate models are also described.

Larry Kline
Pittsburgh, PA
VP and Editor, P&LERRHS

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