B&O cabooses

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Did B&O stop useing cabooses and go to the flashing light while still the B&O name?
I want to make a small N scale late 50's village.


Cabooses were widely used until the 1980s, and are still in limited use today. B&O was still buying new cabooses into the 1970s.


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No FREDS during the 50's. They were starting to be used in the 1970's, but it was the 1980's before they became prevalent. So they're not an issue at all.

Before FREDS would affect your model, you'd encounter the transition to Chessie System. Your B&O caboose would have eventually been repainted into Chessie System colors.

Chessie System, Inc. was a holding company that owned the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O), the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Western Maryland Railway (WM), and several smaller carriers. It was incorporated in Virginia on February 26, 1973, and it acquired the C&O (which controlled the other companies) on June 15. C&O had been popularly known as "Chessie System" since the 1930s, and a version of the image of the "Chessie" mascot kitten used in advertising earlier in the C & O's history.

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