New LEGO Train Instructions Available From Brick Train Depot
Brick Train Depot has released two new sets of instructions for sale in their store and are also now offering the option of getting printed spiral bound or pdf instructions for these new sets!
ICC Bay Window Caboose
The ICC Bay Window Caboose looks really well done and I appreciate the fact that Brick Train Depot has modeled five versions of the caboose that each include prototypical details! I really enjoy the variety of different types of cabooses that were in service over the years and it is great to see the attention to detail here on capturing the different subtleties for this particular type of caboose.
The International Car Company started manufacturing steel bay window cabooses in the early 1950s. Instead of having the cupola at the top of the caboose, they moved the cupola to the sides of the body to allow better visibility of both the tracks and train. This type of caboose was common on most railroads, with each railroad having different details and preferences for each caboose. For example, Southern Pacific had round antennas and ‘bug-eye’ roof mounted marker lights installed in their cabooses. Some railroads had half-bay windows, like New York Central subsidiary Peoria and Eastern. The ICC mandated the removal of roofwalks in the late 1960’s, so some cabooses did not have roofwalks installed when they were in service.
When you are purchasing the instructions for the ICC Bay Window Caboose you are given the option of choosing the railroad livery you want from the following list: Burlington Northern, Conrail, Cotton Belt, New York Central, and Southern Pacific.
AAR 1937 Design Boxcar
Boxcars are very iconic and Brick Train Depot appears to have done an excellent job with recreating the AAR 1937 Design Boxcar in LEGO form.
The boxcar is one of railroad’s most iconic rolling stock. The 1937 AAR (Associate of American Railroads) 40 foot boxcar is no exception. The AAR were responsible for the design and standardization of rolling stock in the mid-20th century. Designs like the 1937 boxcar were adapted by the railroads and rolling stock manufacturers. The most common characteristics of the modified 1937 AAR boxcars included: 10-panel, riveted sides with 6-foot door openings; Murphy rectangular panel roof; tabbed side sills; poling pockets; and a 3,837- to 3,900-cubic-foot nominal capacity.
When you are purchasing the instructions for the AAR 1937 Design Boxcar you are given the option of choosing the railroad livery you want from the following list: Frisco, Southern Pacific, and Texas & New Orleans.