MTH Premier Center Cupola Steel Caboose – Chicago & Eastern Illinois


Authorized Retailer Berwyn’s Toys & Trains in Berwyn, Illinois.

  • Road Name: Chicago & Eastern Illinois
  • Road Number: 1 & 3
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • High Rail Wheels
  • In stock: Delivered August 2022



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  MTH Custom Run / MTH Special Run

Like most pieces of railroad equipment, this caboose was shaped in part by regulatory requirements — in this case, a proposed Pennsylvania law requiring cabooses on through freights to be 8-wheeled and at least 24’ long. Based on a wood-sheathed 1920 USRA design, this steel caboose was a 1924 Reading Company design that became so widespread in the mid-Atlantic region that railfans dubbed it the Northeastern Caboose.

Besides the Reading, original owners included the Western Maryland, Lehigh Valley, Central Railroad of New Jersey and several other lines. Through mergers and acquisitions, these “crummies” eventually found themselves in new paint schemes ranging from Chessie System yellow to Conrail blue. Later in life, many went to second and third owners as far afield as Maine, Ohio, Iowa, and Louisiana.


  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body
  • Detailed Car Interior
  • Brakeman Figure
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
  • Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • Colorful, Attractive Paint Schemes
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • Caboose Interiors With Overhead Lighting
  • Separate Metal Handrails
  • Decorative Brake Wheels
  • Scale Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads 
  • Unit Measures: 9 1/8“ x 2 7/16” x 3 3/4” 
  • Operates On O-31 Curves


Additional information


20-91723, Car No. 1, 20-91724, Car No. 3


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