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Old 09-08-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Caboose restoration/ windows

I have an old railroad caboose I am fixing to restore that sits in a park in Olustee Oklahoma.
The windows are broken out of it, and I had read a post on here -possibly from Andy talking about a very durable plexiglas that is almost impossible to break. Does any one know?
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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There are a number of products out there each with its advantages.

Polycarbonate, sometimes sold under the trade name "Lexan," is probably the most shatter resistant. Like the other sheet plastics it can be cut with a saw. It is clearer than glass, and usually used in 1/8" to 1/4" thicknesses. The main disadvantage is that it scratches easily and particular care must be taken while cleaning. No plastic glazing will last as long as glass though the better UV stabilized products will last many years.

Acrylic panels are not as strong but are cheaper and more scratch resistant.

You can get either from a glass place or from a place that sells plastic sheets, rods, and tubes. The plastic places are usually cheaper. Most of them will cut to size for a fee.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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What about original safety glass?
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I will make a note to tell the city to contact this railroad, and we'll see thankyou for this suggestion. The story is...that this caboose sit's at the front end of their park, and thru time- kids had used it for target practice.
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All the Lexan used on the subway system I retired from was "Margard" variety.

The inspection rule for graffiti was one legible alpha-numeric character or cartoon engraved condemned the piece to the dumpster - I can't begin to imagine what the railcars would've looked like without the $pendy version of Lexan.
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