Whoa Jerry! Whoa! I need to disspell that rumor right away. I am not an "authority" on anything, much less on the Wabash.
However, you are right about them being virtual duplicates. Series 2600-2624 were built by AC&F, as were the MP 700-909; and what dimensions I have records for, do match. The remainder of the Wabash cars (2625-2653) were built to the same plan in the Decatur Shops. There were detail differences. The most notable being the trucks, which were an unusual arch bar design. I have yet to find a model truck that matches.
From: "asychis@... [STMFC]"
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:26 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Re: Mopac versus Wabash wood caboose
Almost duplicates. Since these are laser kits, any details specific to the Wabash could easily be added. Maybe Wabash authority Gary Roe will chime in.