The Atlas HO Trainman Cupola Caboose Chesapeake & Ohio 3821 models the cupola caboose, which supposedly was invented in 1863 by T. B. Watson, a Conductor on the Chicago & North Western Railway, It was called a "cupola" caboose because an extension was built on top of the caboose with windows and seating for the crew, which enabled the crew greater visibility of the train in front of them (A "cupola" is defined as a structure built on top of a building as a lookout or to admit light or air).Cupola cabooses became the "standard" design for the caboose during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Newer designs such as bay window cabooses and extended vision cabooses (a type of cupola caboose) began replacing the cupola caboose in the late 1920s. However, the cupola caboose remained popular for many years after the new styles were introduced.
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Road Name and History:
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: The Louisa Railroad was chartered in 1836 to build a railroad into Louisa County, Virginia. By 1850 under the name Virginia Central the railroad reached Charlottesville, VA. Westward expansion was disrupted by the Civil War but the railroad survived and as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad was purchased by Collis Huntington in 1869. Conceiving the C&O as a transcontinental extension of Huntington's Southern Pacific Railroad, under his leadership the railroad continued to expand, reaching the Ohio River in 1873. During 1875 the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad went into receivership and emerged as the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. In 1888 the C&O reached Cincinnati. Also in that year Huntington lost control of the road. By the turn of the 20th Century Chesapeake & Ohio Railway had become a major coal hauler and a very successful railroad. With financial muscle the C&O continued to grow, purchasing the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1930 and taking control of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1963. Successful until its end, the C&O merged with Seaboard Coast Line in 1987 to become the mew mega-railroad CSX. Most of C&O's route structure are operating main lines in the CSX system. Two important cities- Newport News, VA (as a seaport for coal) and Huntington, WV (as a major yard with shop facilities) were developed by C&O.
We recommend this product for Ages 14 and Up.