I would like to commend you on the quality and completeness of your SP
C-30 caboose plans. You have an excellent product there! I was very
impressed when I first received them, as the package was very professionally
presented in a three ring binder with section dividers.
For anyone considering building this caboose, this is what I found:
Upon opening the binder, I found 3/4 profile color photos of the front and
rear of a completed caboose. These photos were followed by a seven page
document entitled "Caboose Fabrication & Assembly Procedure" listing 65
steps describing the assembly process and order of operations. This is very
helpful as well as being a real time and material cost saver by taking much
of the guess work out of the process.
The next section contained a three page list of hardware and detail item
suppliers with all of their contact information as well as the paint
The third and last section contained a Drawing List, indexing the
drawings by drawing number and description. All of the drawings (60 of them)
were found in numerical order behind this list, with the large sheets
correctly and professionally folded with the title bocks visible through
I have completed the frame weldment, floor, and milling the siding
material and as of yet, I have not found any drawing, dimension or
instruction discrepancies. FYI, I have selected furniture grade Beech as the
siding material as it is much denser (harder) than pine, fir, or birch, yet
has a very fine smooth grain unlike oak. This should help minimize the dings
and dents that are inevitable over time with use and handling.
So, again, Keith, thank you. Great job on those plans!
recently had a chance to view the drawings and construction packet for the
SP wooden caboose that has been developed by Keith Jackman, and was
impressed.! It covers every aspect of the car's construction with
individual drawings for each part, sources of the parts commercially if they
are available, and fabrication techniques if not, fasteners, siding and roof
materials, etc. The 'packaging' of the drawings was well done, put in a
one-inch thick notebook, dividers separating the major construction
components, clear plastic pouches which contained the larger, fold-out
drawings. Everything was there needed to construct a detailed,
board-by-board replica of the caboose. Since I'm in 2.5" scale narrow
gauge, I wish he would do one of these for a narrow gauge passenger car or
caboose.? Nicely done, Keith.
Every time that I saw the caboose picture on your add on Discover Live
Steam, I would stop for a moment and dream, "I would sure like to own a
caboose that has the charm of this one". My son was standing behind me one
day when I said this out loud. Your plan packet showed up under my Christmas
tree a few weeks later.
Being a newcomer to this hobby (two years now), I consider myself an average
builder. The building instructions explained each step in an understandable
sequence. The purchasable parts list explains where to look for every part
that is available. And the 60 CAD produced drawings explain how to build
every part that is not purchasable. In the end, I can't think of anything
that I would change, plus I think they are worth twice what my son paid.
have completed my C-30 caboose on August 18th, 2011 using your plans. I like
to keep track of my time and this project took me a total of 233.75 actual
building hours. To me this means, I or anyone for that matter, could build
one just like mine in less than 6 weeks, working on it 40 hours per week.
But, what's the rush? I had a great time every hour of the way, and I miss
those building sessions. So I'm thinking about adding a full interior.
Let me take time to thank you for giving me the opportunity to build what I