Bluford Shops N Scale: International Car Bay Window Caboose Phase 4 - Cotton Belt
Cotton Belt received this group of phase 4 bay window cabooses from International Car in 1968. Southern Pacific had controlled the Cotton Belt since 1932 but it remained a separate company due in large part to traffic solicitation restrictions placed on the SP when they took control of the Central Pacific. These restrictions (which forced SP to preferentially solicit traffic for the Overland Route with UP instead of the Sunset Route) didn’t apply to Cotton Belt who could send as much traffic as they could over the Sunset Route. Mergers in the 80s made this a moot point and Cotton Belt merged into SP in 1992.