I started this caboose a few years back. My good friend Rick Marty had done some of Don Winter kits (see Crane Lake #6) and Don had a kit for a caboose on a single bogie truck, and we made a purchase. I started mine right away ( Rick assembled the truck adding axel bearings) and I was doing quite well until I got to the caboose roof. Don's very meager instructions said to wet the plywood piece provided, place it on a 5 gal. bucket and rubber band it down to get the aproximate curve for the roof. Well that turned me off so I put down the kit and forgot about it. Anyway a couple of months ago I saw one of the modelers on the 7/8ths forum building a beautiful coach with the curved roof who planked the roof over the arched roof frames. I know, I can't tell you how dumb I felt that this obvious method had escaped me. I got out my redwood stock, planked the roof and began finishing the caboose. So now I am feeling quite proud of myself when the obvious hits me. Don's caboose kit has the doors on the ends and no platforms. The crew of this caboose if not very careful is going to have a very high voice.
At this point I kitbashed the rest of the model with heavy wood beam ends added truss rods, brakes, a step plate, rearranged the hand rails etc. I also decided to add interior. There are pictures of railroad cars with doors on the ends and no platforms, and the practice was made illegal probably in the 20's, so for the purest I will say that this car is parked in the railroad camp on an unused spur being the home of the camp blacksmith, for the non purest I will operate it on my log train.
I am now happy to report, that after looking through my book "Railroads in the Woods" by Labbe and Goe, they show a picture of "Skookum" pulling a train of disconnects with a single bogie caboose that has no platform ends, and the doors on the ends just like this caboose. Fact is the caboose looks very much like this one less the side windows and different siding. This was the railroad at deep river.