In a bay window caboose, the crew monitoring the train sits in the middle of the car. The windows, which project from the side walls of the caboose, resemble architectural bay windows - thus the name bay window caboose.
This design permitted a better view of the side of the train and eliminated the falling hazard of the cupola. It is believed to have first been used on the Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad in 1923, but is usually associated with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad which built all of its cabooses in this design starting in 1930. The bay window gained favor with many railroads because it eliminated the need for additional clearances in tunnels and overpasses.
During the postwar years, Lionel built only one model of the bay window caboose, the 6517. It is an excellent model of a real life bay window caboose and to this day remains popular with both collectors and operators.
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