I’m going to go right into this one because like most “CN guys” having a Pointe St. Charles caboose is essential. Now.. It’s been a long time coming for these gems to finally hit the market as an RTR model. Let me tell you! And yes yes, I know this article is kind of late due to the fact that they where released over two months ago. But whatever. Still relevant if you’re as big of CN fan/modeller as I am.
Lets get into a brief background on this model and prototype for those of you who aren’t familiar with it. Back in the late 60’s early 70’s CN had an aging fleet of post war wooden cabooses built from old boxcars. With the aging fleet getting becoming problematic across the system tail end crews needed something that was more comfortable and reliable. CN commissioned the construction of over 700 steel cabooses. They had better visibility, built in marker lights, wheel generators that powered the lights and oil stoves. They came in 3 types. The “transfer van”, the Hawker Siddeley and the PSC. The PSC was the most common system wide. The PSC’s where all built the same however they came in various paint schemes depending on what they where assigned to do. With the advent of EOT’s in the late 90’s CN didn’t see a need for the caboose fleet and most where sold or scrapped. Some managed to stay on the roster. There currently 14 are still in work service on the CN network today.
Now back our regularly scheduled programming! .. – Changes channel – 😉 .. Okay so True Line trains announced this model a little over a year n a half ago. (To my knowledge at least). I first saw a sample at the local hobby shop and was sold on the spot. That same week I had some money saved up for a brass model so it didn’t come at a better time plus the price was a steal compared to the overland one that I was going to buy. Anyway.. I went ahead and ordered two variations of the reg. CN plus an un-numbered kit for some added flavour. After the long wait they finally arrived and MAN did they ever look good! I gotta hand it to Darren at Trueline Trains really did a really nice job getting all the details correct. There are however some factory issues (extra flashing) with the inside of the front and rear back plates but nothing too serious. Just a slice with the hobby knife will fix it. Before I go into more details about my new cabooses here’s a couple photo’s I took of them on the layout.
Although I don’t run through trains on my modular layout yet. Both cabooses still serve many purposes on local freights and yard movements. Operating them adds some variety to the workload of spotting and dropping off transfers not to mention the realism it adds to the era I’m trying to model.
All in all I’m pretty happy with these RTR models. They’re a must have for any CN layout. They will eventually get weathered.. Along with my CN fleet.. Hopefully.. One day aha.
Back to the model. The international service caboose I bought is currently getting front and rear ditch lights. I noticed that some modellers have attempted to add them with some pretty impressive results. I thought why not? So I will update this post in the future with a “Part Two” showing how I managed to get the LED’s working. Also., I will add I am not a fan of the yellowy green interior lighting so like all my cabooses I run them dark.
With all that out of my system lol.. Hope you guys enjoyed this rant/post on the Trueline Trains PSC. Till next time and happy modelling 🙂