Posts Tagged ‘cabooses’

N&W Days in Bellevue

February 24, 2021

Norfolk & Western Alco RS36 No. 2871 and Baldwin AS16 No. 7903 are moving four cabooses in Bellevue in late 1973. No. 7903 had by this time been repowered by EMD. Not ethe Bessemer & Lake Erie locomotive behind the cabooses. Both N&W units were originally built for the Nickel Plate Road.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Pa. Railroad Makes Caboose Accessible

January 21, 2021

Pennsylvania-based Stewartstown Railroad plans to transform a transfer caboose it has acquired into a handicap-accessible car for passengers.

The former Missouri-Kansas-Texas caboose will have large open platforms and bench seating at both ends.

Plans are to modify the car to provide wheelchair accessibility with either a ramp or lift.

Once a boxcar, the transfer caboose is expected to be ready for the 2021 season.

Caboose Two for Tuesday

January 12, 2021

One a common sight, cabooses have largely been relegated to museums and working on some local trains for use as shoving platforms.

Today we pay tribute to the caboose with a pair of images, In the top photo, Huntingdon & Broad Top No. 16 is on display on the Everett tourist railroad in Everett, Pennsylvania. The image was made sometime between 1969 and 1971.

In the bottom image, Chessie System No. 902851 sits in Warwick in April 1983. This car is of Baltimore & Oho heritage.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

They Still Had Truss Rods

November 16, 2019

These three New York Central cabooses were in Painesville in the late 1960s. Amazingly they still have truss rods.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Sights at Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

July 2, 2016

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Last Saturday I went to Bellevue for the 40th anniversary of the Mad River and Nickel Plate museum.

Flagg Coal No. 75 was on hand giving caboose rides on the museum grounds. The two cabooses were recently repainted for the occasion.

NKP No. 783, a Wheeling & Lake Erie design but built for the Nickel Plate Road, was acquired last year.

NW 557981, a bay window caboose built for the Illinois Terminal, is a NYC design. The museum has owned this caboose for years.

Another piece of equipment with new paint is Wabash 671. An EMD F7, locomotive it hasn’t looked this good since it left the EMD factory floor.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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Painesville Museum to Celebration Restoration of B&O Caboose Torched by Arsonist in 2006

September 23, 2015

A restored former Baltimore & Ohio caboose sits next to the ex-New York Central passenger station in Painesville. (Photograph by Jeff Troutman)

A restored former Baltimore & Ohio caboose sits next to the ex-New York Central passenger station in Painesville. (Photograph by Jeff Troutman)

The Painesville Railroad Museum will hold a christening ceremony on Oct. 17 to celebrate the restoration of a former Baltimore & Ohio caboose.

The caboose, C-2124, was donated in 2000 by Lubrizol Corporation, but damaged by arson on March 22, 2006.

It sat outside the former New York Central railroad station in Painesville for several years, reduced to its metal framework.

Restoration began in 2011 and was completed this summer.

The museum, which is operated by the Western Reserve Railroad Historical Society, will hold a day of railfanning at the Painesville depot between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the christening. The ceremony will start at 3 p.m.

Scenes from Cleveland’s National Train Day

May 17, 2015

An overview of the equipment display at Cleveland's National Train Day event as seen from the parking deck next to City Hall. on top of the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie.

An overview of the equipment display at Cleveland’s National Train Day event as seen from the parking deck next to City Hall. on top of the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie.

Cleveland held its first National Train Day celebration on Saturday, May 9 at the Amtrak station along the lakefront. Other events were held at the roundhouse of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society in Cleveland as well as in Sebring and Alliance. At the Cleveland Amtrak station, Norfolk Southern had a pair of locomotives along with a caboose painted in Conrail colors and markings. Reportedly, this was the last caboose built for Conrail. Also on hand was a locomotive used by the Cleveland Harbor Belt, which is a subsidiary of the Cleveland Commercial Railroad.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

You wanted trains on National Train Day? There were several trains to be seen.

You wanted trains on National Train Day? There were several trains to be seen.

Norfolk Southern ran several trains past the NTD festivities. Although not shown, the Southern Railway heritage locomotive made an appearance, albeit in a trailing position.

Norfolk Southern ran several trains past the NTD festivities. Although not shown, the Southern Railway heritage locomotive made an appearance, albeit in a trailing position.

NS 4658, an Operation Lifesaver unit, is a GP59. It was accompanied by slug No. 615, which is now classified as an RP-E4C.

NS 4658, an Operation Lifesaver unit, is a GP59. It was accompanied by slug No. 615, which is now classified as an RP-E4C.

Conrail caboose 21313 as seen from the parking deck.

Conrail caboose 21313 as seen from the parking deck.

Cleveland Harbor Belt 2639 is a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas GP39-2.

Cleveland Harbor Belt 2639 is a former Missouri-Kansas-Texas GP39-2.

A Waterfront line RTA car cruises past the Cleveland Amtrak Station and  in the background) First Energy Field.

A Waterfront line RTA car cruises past the Cleveland Amtrak Station and in the background) First Energy Stadium.

A Conrail EOT.

A Conrail EOT.

Some railfans record the passage of an RTA Waterfront train.

Some railfans record the passage of an RTA Waterfront train.

Amtrak passengers must cross the RTA Waterfront line tracks to board their train. These grade crossing flashers warn them of an approaching RTA train.

Amtrak passengers must cross the RTA Waterfront line tracks to board their train. These grade crossing flashers warn them of an approaching RTA train.

John Barnett, a former Conrail dispatcher and operator at Berea Tower, is all smile as he poses from the cab of NS 615.

John Barnett, a former Conrail dispatcher and operator at Berea Tower, is all smile as he poses from the cab of NS 615.

Paul Berg, one of the co-organizers of the Cleveland National Train Day, is interviewed by WJR-TV in Cleveland.

Paul Berg, one of the co-organizers of the Cleveland National Train Day, is interviewed by WJR-TV in Cleveland.

Ryan Durfee, the son of ARRC member Roger Durfee, tries out the controls of an NS locomotive.

Ryan Durfee, the son of ARRC member Roger Durfee, tries out the controls of an NS locomotive.

Don Wetzel was one of the men connected with the New York Central’s M-497 jet powered Rail Diesel Car project in 1966. He was on hand to talk about his involvement in the project.

A helmet worn by crew members during the test run of the jet-powered RDC.

A helmet worn by crew members during the test run of the jet-powered RDC.

Then and Now on the B&O St. Louis Line

December 22, 2014

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Here is a little then and now at Mitchell, Ind. This small town in southern Indiana was the crossing of the Baltimore & Ohio’s line between Cincinnati and St. Louis with the Monon’s line between Chicago and Louisville, Ky. The B&O controlled the interlocking from its passenger depot east of the crossing. The Monon had its own passenger station.

The top photograph was made in July 1992. By now, both the Monon and B&O routes were controlled by CSX, which still had an operator in the depot to operate the interlocking.

Both photographs are looking eastward from the grade crossing just west of the diamond. The local is on the siding heading eastward. It might be getting ready to work the small yard to the east of the station. Note the color position light signal mounted on a cantilever.

If you look past the depot, you’ll see another CPL for eastward movements. At the time, there was a sign by that signal indicating that it was the start of the Medora block. Those CPLs were once ubiquitous on B&O mainlines.

Although not obvious, major changes are coming to the ex-Monon. The last through trains between Chicago and Louisville over this route, R590 and R591, made their last trips through here in late May of 1992, although they continued to operate on the north end.

In less than a year, CSX will abandon the ex-Monon between Bloomington and Bedford, thus severing the line as a through route. Local service was still being maintained to Bedford when the 1992 photograph was made. CSX also had the option of operating trains north out of Louisville across the Mitchell diamonds and then backing onto the ex-B&O to go west to St. Louis. They would indeed do this for a while.

The bottom photo was made last May. The ex-Monon tracks are still in place, yet haven’t been used since 2009 when CSX ceased providing local service on what is called the Hoosier Subdivision except right around New Albany, Ind. That same year the Indiana Rail Road stopped operating trains over the ex-Monon to Louisville. Therefore, the ex-Monon tracks in Mitchell collect rust as they await disposition.

All of the B&O CPL signals are gone, replaced by what appear to be older signal heads placed on modern masts. The CPLs that once stood east of the depot have been removed.

Yet, there is much that has not changed about this scene. The ex-B&O is still double track through town and the old B&O depot is still in place. The siding on the ex-B&O looks rather rusty, suggesting it sees little use. The connection between the ex-Monon and ex-B&O is still in place.

I’m not sure what the traffic count is on the ex-B&O but bits and pieces I’ve seen on railfan chat lists leads me to believe that few trains use this route at this location. I wonder if any Cincinnati-St. Louis trains pass through here. I believe that much of that traffic takes the former Conrail route via Indianapolis to the north.

Whatever the case, the future of both of these rail lines seems murky as best.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Venerable PRR Cabin Car Makes Last Run

July 31, 2014

The consist of the last run of PRR 478033.

The consist of the last run of PRR 478033.

A last minute invite found me in Minerva, Ohio, last Friday to join a few friends on a “last run” of sorts. An employee of OhiRail owns former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car 478033 and needs to have it off the property due to a major increase in business that requires that all track space be made available. Management granted permission to make one last run before this car is taken off its trucks, placed on a flatbed truck, and taken to the guy’s farm off the rail line for good. It was a perfect evening for a train ride with some good friends. I did the first part of the trip in the cab of IBCX 221 then rode the balance in the 478033.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Passing through downtown Minerva.

Passing through downtown Minerva.

Entering Minerva yard.

Entering Minerva yard.

Posing by some older Alcos.

Posing by some older Alcos.

Our train next to a old steam engine.

Our train next to a old steam engine.

Amish buggy along the line.

Amish buggy along the line.

A photo stop south of Minerva.

A photo stop south of Minerva.

Scott enjoys a fine summer evening.

Scott enjoys a fine summer evening.

Our crew (left to right) was Mark, Bill, and Justin.

Our crew (left to right) was Mark, Bill, and Justin.

Renovation of ex-EL Caboose Finished

June 24, 2014

The Conrail Historical Society has completed renovating former Erie Lackawanna caboose 21165 and placed it on display.

Overall, volunteers spent seven years working on the car, which included replacing the oil stove with a coal burning stove, replacing the original worn out wheels with new wheels, cleaning and repairing the interior of the car, replacing the brake shoes on the car with all-new shoes. The caboose was built as EL 368 and was conveyed to Conrail in 1976.  It served Conrail until 1984. The car was sold to a private owner who in 2007 listed it for sale on eBay.

The caboose failed to receive any bids so the owners donated it to Conrail historical group.

Along the way, the car served on the Pennsylvania-based tourist railroad Middletown and Hummelstown.

The caboose now sits in Topton, Pa., where the Conrail group hopes to use it as part of a tourist operation that it wants to develop on the former Kutztown Branch.