Drover's caboose plans

Does anyone know of a source of plans for a drover's caboose? I can't find
anything in the all-time index and would love to scratchbuild (not kitbash)
one.
Reply to
Gerry Leone
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The Nov. 2003 issue of the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette had plans for a "Combine" Caboose, whould that be similar?
Reply to
wannandcan
Here are some references gleaned from my library and from old Model Railroader indexes:
1947 (5th Edition) Model Railroader Cyclopedia - San Luis Central combination caboose (reprint of plans originally published in the Jan 1936 Model Railroader)
Oct 1947 Model Railroader - D&RGW combination caboose (std gauge)
Jul 1948 and May 1960 Model Railroader - StL-SW combination caboose
Aug 1957 Model Railroader - IC drovers caboose ca. 1900 (may be the same IC caboose whose plans - including framing details - are in the 1906 Car Builders Dictionary.)
May 1968 Model Railroader - Sierra RR combination caboose
Silver Streak made a nice wood kit (#107) for a MoPac drovers caboose. Unfortunately, it came with generic assembly plans for all of their cabooses and does not have a scale drawing of the car.
And in looking for the above plans, I was reminded that Model Railroaded provided a nice all time list of its caboose plans (to that date) in the Aug 1966 issue, together with several columns of good info on the history types, and uses of cabooses.
Other posters imply that drovers cabooses and combination cabooses are the same thing. This is not my understanding. While they do look similar from the outside, combination cabooses are typically intended for use in a mixed train to provide passenger space for paying customers, perhaps a small baggage compartment, and workspace and facilities for the conductor and rear brakeman. A drovers caboose also provides workspace for the conductor and brakeman, but frequently included some kind of arrangement for the cowboys to sleep on the car, and almost always had much more extensive food storage and food preparation facilities than on a regular caboose or combination caboose, as the several drovers might be living on the car for multiple days at a time. Note too that a short line RR probably would not have a stock train on its property long enough to merit owning a drovers caboose. GQ
Reply to
Geezer
Rest assured... it ain't gonna be done by May!!
-Gerry
Reply to
Gerry Leone
There are at 5 Drover Caboose drawings in the index:
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jeff (author of the index :-)
Reply to
Jeff Scherb
Gerry, I have some plans for a drovers caboose. Its Rio Grande prototype but would be similar to others. It also has the floor plan if you want to do an interior. I'll get my wife to scan it at work and email it to you. Bruce
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Bruce Favinger
That's Rio Grande " standard gauge" drovers caboose plans. Bruce
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Bruce Favinger
Geez, I sure would appreciate it, thanks, Bruce!
-Gerry
Reply to
Gerry Leone
Ya... I'm sorry. I wasn't very clear. I couldn't find anything in the index in the magazines I own. Sorry...
-Gerry
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Gerry Leone

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