Questions About Caboose #813

Discussion in '001-999' started by Rick McClellan, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    In Joe Collias' book "Frisco Power" there is a picture of caboose 813 on page 300. It looks like the |-|coonskin|-| has no black background. Is that right or are my aging eyes deceiving me? If 813 had no black background for the coonskin, did other wooden cabooses escape without a black background herald? If there are any photos of these cabooses, please post them

    I like #109 on page 301. I was looking at it closely and the black background and the white outline does not match up!

    Thanks in advance for your help.:cool:
  2. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    Rick, I have hundreds of Frisco caboose photos, be more specific.
  3. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    My aging eyes agree with Rick McClellan's. Caboose #813 on page 300 of Frisco Power does not seem to have the black fill on the coonskin that caboose 109's (Frisco Power page 301, top) has. It appears that way to me because not only is the plank shading the same, but the texture of the planking appears the same within the white coonskin outline as it does on the outside of it. On the other hand, the black paint on the infill of the coonskin on 109 alters the plank texture a tiny bit.

    It would be interesting to find another example of a coonskin treatment similar to the one on #813.

  4. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Thanks for the sanity check George. Now I can letter my caboose. What a neat find. I have looked at that book dozen, maybe hundreds of times and missed that detail.

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