Harriman Cabooses

Years ago, Alden Armstrong  showed me some photos he took as a kid at the Los Angeles Cornfield and Taylor yards, which he knew I was modeling. These two photos of Harriman passanger cars among all the freight equipment caught my eye. He explained that they were used as temporary cabooses right after WWII, during a caboose shortage. I  had to model one! Alden managed to find a few more photos and by careful study I saw how they had been quickly converted-- numbers blacked out, smoke jack and caboose info added. I also modeled the inevitable broken windows.
Harriman cabooses on some very short trains, the one above taken in 1953 in Bakersfield, though I think the two-gon train behind the Consolidation is my favorite!
Note the smoke jacks toward the rear
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