|9.2 × 5.2 × 3 in
Illinois Central Gulf (ICG) “Simplified Orange Repaint 1987+” replicates an exact one-of-a-kind ICG repaint with a little extra “flair.” As many of you know, the IC (and later ICG/New IC) regularly ran December “Santa Train” service on the Illinois Division, making sure that the children along the line had an opportunity to speak with Kris Kringle himself and get those Christmas wish lists submitted. This caboose was repainted for Santa Train duties in late 1987, receiving yet another version of the ICG’s simplified orange scheme. But a Santa caboose deserves some extra special attention, so Centralia applied ICG logos to the caboose side along with white handrail highlights. Big changes were coming fast to the ICG, with a corporate name change right around the corner in 1988. As a result, this was the final caboose repainted orange by the ICG. After Santa service was completed, the caboose returned to freight duties on the railroad. The 1987 era translates to many little details for this caboose: This scheme features accurate plated windows on the body, along with plated box-markers on the end. The coupler lift bars are a replacement style and the small water fill covers on the sill are long gone. The end cupola windows have also been modified to a smaller size by the ICG. This replica has a lighted interior along with an operating FRA flashing red light on each end.