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N scale
Cupola Caboose
Cupola Caboose Burlington Route Road # 13503
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Atlas' N Trainman® series includes this N scale Chicago Burligton & Quincy (CB&Q) Cupola Caboose, item 50 002 125.

N Trainman Cupola Caboose
Atlas Trainman is their basic series of ready-to-roll models. Cupola Caboose is an end-cupola design. It features fine molded rivet detail and side grabs, attached ladders and end rails, roof walks and chimney, and knuckle couplers. The wheels are plastic. The couplers are attached to the trucks.

Molding is to a high standard with no flash, visible ejector marks, sink spots, or burrs from removing pieces from their sprue.

This model weighs half an ounce, much too light per NMRA RP-20.1 Car Weight of .95 ounces. It is 40' 10" scale feet long; I have not found the NE-10 prototype length.

This style of CB&Q caboose (Waycar on the CB&Q) was numbered 13500-13524. Built in 1930, Burlington classified this type as the NE-10 All Steel waycar, with the AAR Type M930.

Atlas packs this model in a hard plastic case that stacks easily and can double for a display case.

Underneath the model is basic molded underframe and air brake detail. Atlas did not mold doors on either end.

I did not research the prototype this model is styled after. Atlas' N Cupola Caboose is close to the NE-10. However, those who expect an exact model of the CB&Q prototype will notice that there are deviations from the NE-10. First, there are too many windows, up and down. Burlington's waycar only had one window per side of the cupola; the body has too many windows per side, and with different spacing. The ladder tops curled over to the roof, and the sill was straight. CB&Q also did not hang a tool box between the trucks.

To see what I mean, you can view photos of CB&Q 13501 at Click here for additional images for this review, at the end of this review.

Paint and Markings
Atlas does a great job with their paint. It does not obscure the fine detail, yet it is opaque and without blemish. Markings are simple, CB&Q's Burlington Route emblem, reporting marks and road number.

Atlas has released new road numbers and paint schemes. Each road name has two road numbers. Railroads available are:
    Burlington Route (Silver/Red/Black)
    Great Northern (Red/White)
    Santa Fe (Red/Yellow)
    Southern Pacific (Brown/Orange/White)
    Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (Orange/Green)
    Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Red/Black/White)
    Vermont Railway (Red/White)

There is also an undecorated model.

This is a simple ready-to-run model at a fair price. It features nice molded detail, knuckle couplers and expert paint and printing.

This model has the shape of the prototype and looks good but it is not accurate for a CB&Q NE-10.

Atlas' N Trainman® Cupola Caboose makes a good addition to modelers of the CB&Q. Recommended.

Please remember to tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here - on RailRoad Modeling.

Click here for additional images for this review.

Highs: Nice molded detail. Knuckle couplers and expert paint and printing.
Lows: Couplers are mounted to the trucks. Weighs only half of recommended weight.
Verdict: Atlas N Trainman® Cupola Caboose makes a good addition to modelers of the CB&Q.
  Scale: N Scale
  Mfg. ID: 50 002 125
  Suggested Retail: $19.95
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  PUBLISHED: Oct 10, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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