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HO C-26 ICC Caboose with Lights, B&O #C-3801

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The ultimate detail with the best Genesis features.

International Car Co. began specializing in caboose production as early as 1941. When the railroads entered the 1960s, many needed to replace their aging, in some cases home shop built, cabooses. International Car responded with a product that could be tailored to each railroads specific needs. Using quality components and modern engineering, ICC became a leading name within the industry.

Sharing ICC's commitment to quality and modern techniques, Athearn has not only recreated these iconic cars, but reinvented the quintessential features a Genesis caboose should have.

DCC lighting as a base standard with the option for sound will add a whole new dimension to operating sessions. Protect reverse moves and simulate train brakes, begins to scratch the surface to the new dimension of realism.

  • Better than brass detail™
  • Brand new tooling with many roads first time offered in plastic
  • DCC LED lighting with the option of Sound by Soundtraxx
  • Railroad specific detail and road number specific detail

CSX 903959 AND 903966 FEATURES:

  • First time CSX “Operation Redblock / Operation Lifesaver” scheme (each side has a different slogan). Used by CSX as shoving platforms.
  • Removed window screens and generator
  • End cages with no marker lights or reflectors
  • Class C27
  • Era early 1990s+


  • Special “Spirit of Grafton” paint scheme
  • End cage marker lights and small square marker lights on each end
  • Axle generator


  • Etched window screens
  • Early style axle-driven generator
  • Ash pans
  • Caboose trucks with roller bearing caps
  • Reflectors on end cages
  • Toilet Drain
  • Overhanging, diagonal-panel roof with or without blank panel for smoke jack per prototype


  • Brand NEW ICC B&O Style body
  • Angled window screens
  • Early style axle-driven generator
  • Caboose trucks with roller bearing caps
  • Ash pans
  • Toilet Drain
  • Illuminated marker lights, where appropriate
  • Reflectors on end cages
  • Overhanging, diagonal-panel roof with or without blank panel at smoke jack per prototype
  • Overhanging, x-panel roof for the B&O Chessie caboose

Chessie #3835, #3887, #3915 features: First time ever C26A version. Dayco axle generator with notched undeframe.

Chessie C-3771 “Gold Caboose” - Unique safety slogan and Gold and Silver Paint


  • Better than brass detail™ including roadname and road number specific detail Laser-Sharp Painting and Printing
  • Interior seating for the addition of crew figures.
  • See-through End Platforms and Steps
  • Flush Window Glazing
  • Wire-form Grab Irons
  • Caboose trucks with animated rotating bearing or static friction bearing caps
  • Axle Generator Details
  • Body-Mounted McHenry® scale knuckle-spring Couplers
  • Machined Metal RP25 Profile Wheel Sets
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
  • Accurately painted and printed for prototypical realism
  • Highly-detailed, injection-molded body
  • Separate wireform grab irons, etched metal coupler platforms
  • Coupler lift bars, trainline hoses, brake hoses, and hardware
  • Full underframe detail: air brake reservoir, control valve, and brake cylinder with plumbing and brake rod details
  • Machined metal wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
  • Weighted for trouble-free operation
  • Window packaging for easy viewing, plus interior plastic blister safely holds the model for convenient storage
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Minimum radius: 18”


  • LED lighting for long life and reliable operation
  • On-board DCC Decoder by NCE
    • Operates in DCC and Analog (DC) with lighting Functions Controllable in DCC
  • Various classes will feature single or dual roof markers, or end-mount marker lights, per prototype and/or era
  • LED Interior Lights
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode


  • Soundtraxx Tsunami SoundCar decoder w/ included sounds:
    • Air horn or conductor’s whistle as appropriate
    • Clickety-clack with optional wheel flat spot sounds
    • Brake set/release sounds including retainers and brake squeal
    • ”Big Hole” emergency brake application sound
    • Handbrake tie-down/release
    • Adjustable flange squeal
  • Air, horn, and bell sounds work seamlessly with Soundtraxx locomotive sound decoders
  • Supports Advanced Consisting in DCC
  • Full DCC functions available when operated in DCC mode
  • All functions NMRA compatible in DCC mode


Perhaps one of the most recognizable icons of American railroading, the caboose completed the train. Cabooses provided shelter for the rear end crew. From the cupola or bay windows, the crew could keep a lookout for shifting loads, damaged equipment, and overheating axles. This was long required for switching and shunting, and to keep a lookout for load shifting, damage to equipment and cargo, and overheating axles. As rail cars became larger in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was a real need for cabooses to have greater visibility for the crew. In the extended-vision or wide-vision caboose, the sides of the cupola project beyond the side of the car body. This model was introduced by the International Car Company and saw service on most U.S. railroads. The expanded cupola allowed the crew to see past the top of the taller cars that began to appear after World War II, and also increased the roominess of the cupola area.

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International Car Company