The Lionel O Scale 6-16593 Lionel Belt Line Caboose 6257 models an extended vision caboose. The caboose was an essential part of a freight train for most of the history of the rail industry. A caboose was a dormitory car placed at the end of freight trains. It had two purposes: 1) Provide an extra safety feature- the crew could look for "hot boxes" or other issues with the train. 2) It provided an office for the train conductor, who kept various reports on the train's set-outs and pick-ups. In the 1980s technology allowed for the discontinuation of cabooses- the reporting was automated, and a rear end computer device could monitor the train effectively. The extended vision caboose was introduced after World War II as taller freight cars required a higher vantage point for visibility.
The Belt Railway Company of Lionel: The logo of this caboose is very similar to the logo of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. Coincidence? We are not so sure.....
Road Number: 6257
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Model trains since 1900.