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 Post subject: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:30 pm 

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I am looking for a source of sliding windows that were commonly found on cupola cabooses.

Also, looking for a source for the sliding screen units as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:15 am 

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When we needed them for our N5c, we had them built by a local window shop. They were aluminum and had the screens built into the frame which was a double track. They looked good.

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Mr. Ed

P.S. I am making the wooden window sashes for our N6b and they look good, if I say so myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:15 pm 

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BnOTolSub,

Windows from another caboose probably wont work unless it is from the same class of cars, each one is slightly different. Your best bet, if you can't find anyone with the construction drawings, is to see if you can assemble one from the remains of the window(s) on hand, and then use that as a pattern.

If you are lucky, you might find another caboose that has windows assembled similar to yours and then can use that as a guide, if you don't have enough parts to assemble a pattern.

Good luck,
Rich C.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:53 pm 

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We are trying to find aluminum frames for the windows in our P&LE bay window caboose as well. If I can just find a supplier for the extrusions I can make up the rest in house.

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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:07 am 
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Search for aluminum window manufacturers. You may be able to get something custom for less money than scrounging new bits & pieces. In effect, every new window is custom if you're not buying off the shelf. So it should be a no-brainier for them if they have useable extrusion profiles. Cautionary warning - aluminum can't be in contact with steel (use an isolation gasket) and use stainless fasteners or you'll have galvanic corrosion problems and the aluminum won't last.

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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:13 am 

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Dynamic Metals in Louisville, Ky.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:16 pm 

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I appreciate the tips thus far. It would help if the original frames were still available on the car, but they were removed some time ago and the windows plated over.

I have a feeling the screens will be an easier replacement than the windows. The screens and tracks were ripped off the outside as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:43 pm 

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etalcos wrote:
Dynamic Metals in Louisville, Ky.


For those following along, Dynamic Metals handles the JT Nelson line of railroad windows. Just what i was needing. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:04 pm 

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An update, I was able to obtain a quote from Dynamic. A little bit pricier than we had hoped, but to be completely "original" would have required all new special tooling, which would have probably doubled the price. There will be another group doing a similar car for someone else, so that may be helping control price.


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 Post subject: Re: Caboose Windows
PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:02 pm 

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Hello i have some sliding windows from BN steel caboose with frames...not sure if that helps.

mike Pannell
307-221-2371


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