The Atlas HO Trainman Cupola Caboose Chessie System 90221 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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Chessie System: The Chessie System was a holding company created in 1973 to control the Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, and Western Maryland railroads. Both the C&O and B&O have predecessor lines that go back to the 1830s. Powered by West Virginia coal and a port at Newport News, VA, the Chesapeake & Ohio became a powerful Eastern railroad. In 1963 the C&O took control of the Baltimore & Ohio, one of the four Eastern Trunk Lines, that also owned a big part of the Western Maryland. Operations were coordinated, but each carrier maintained its own identity. The Chessie System's creation resulted in a common identity for the three roads. In 1980 Chessie merged with Seaboard Coast Line Industries- the resulting rail system spans the East, Midwest, and South and is one of the largest US railroads.
Fast Fact: "Chessie" was a kitten Chesapeake & Ohio used in the 1930s to promote their passenger trains. You can sleep "like a kitten" on C&O trains.
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