Posts Tagged ‘Conrail caboose’

Conrail Caboose Two for Tuesday

August 23, 2022

This Conrail caboose had been relegated to duty as a shoving platform by the time I made these images in Marion on May 23, 1999. In the top image the local is crossing the Sandusky District of Norfolk Southern while in the bottom image the train is returning to the yard. The Conrail employment of these two crew members will end at the end of the month when they will retire, leave railroading, or go to work for CSX or Norfolk Southern.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Conrail Caboose in Akron

May 4, 2022

Conrail caboose 21126 is in Akron on June 21, 1977. It appears to be attached to an intermodal train that is operating on the former Erie Lackawanna.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CSX Donates Caboose to Conrail Group

September 5, 2020

CSX has donated a caboose to the Conrail Historical Society.

Extended-vision caboose No. 22130, which still wears its Conrail livery, was retired by CSX earlier this year.

It was built in August 1970 by by International Car Company for the Reading Company and is was one of just 10 class N-20 cabooses among the more than 2,500 waycars on the Conrail roster.

The Conrail group began talking with CSX in 2018 about acquiring the caboose and the railroad agreed to donate it once the car had been retired.

CSX also agreed to make some repairs and provide transportation of the car from Tennessee, where it was in service before retirement.

The caboose is now on the New York, Susquehanna & Western and is expected to be moved to the Delaware, Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

The DL&S plans to restore the Conrail livery and use the caboose on excursions starting in 2022.

When Big Blue Used Cabooses

August 29, 2020

The way back machine has transported us to a time when railroads still used cabooses. We’ve landed in Berea on April 20, 1985, in time to see a passing train with a caboose.

It may not be obvious but Conrail No. 21237 is special. It was one of 113 N-21 cabooses that the railroad ordered.

It would be the only order of cabooses that Conrail would place.

The N-21 class were built by Fruit Growers Express and had additional seating to accommodate deadheading crews.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

From Pennsy to Penn Central to Conrail

June 25, 2020

This N-5C class former Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car that has been given Conrail colors and markings. On the Pennsy it had roster number 477834 and received roster number 23014 from Penn Central. It is seen in Alliance on its former home rails in December 1978.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Along Ohi-Rail in Minerva

February 15, 2020

Here are two from Ohi-Rail in Minerva on Aug. 19, 2010.

There is a road in Minerva that parallels Ohi-Rail’s yard. These stored locomotives and cabooses were visible at the west and of the yard.

In the top photo are Ohi-Rail No. 102 and Minerva Scenic Railway No. 18.

The MSR used Ohi-Rail trackage but only lasted a few years and was out of business at the time this photo was taken.

In the bottom photo are former a Canadian National vans (caboose), an ex-Conrail caboose, and an ex-Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Gonna Make That Caboose Shine

September 17, 2019

A volunteer at the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, works to clean a former Conrail caboose.

This N21 caboose was one of 113 cars that Conrail purchased new from Virginia Fruit Growers Express.

The museum bought it from CSX and moved it to Terre Haute from Paris, Illinois, in September 2018.

During its service with Conrail No. 21264 operated between Indianapolis and Peoria, Illinois. In its final years of service it was assigned to local service in Paris.

The caboose sat in the weeds for a decade before being “rescued” by the museum.

Now an Oldie But Goodie

September 13, 2018

Conrail has been gone for 19 years, but it doesn’t seem like it because there are so many reminders of it still around.

For starters Conrail still lives in the form of Conrail Shared Assets territories in Detroit and on the East Coast.

Also, there are still numerous freight cars still in Conrail markings running around.

A handful of cabooses still wearing their Conrail colors and markings are also still out there.

One of those used to be assigned to a CSX local in Marion.

This image was made in June 2015 when the local still had a touch of Big Blue. It is shown returning to the yard.

I’ve since seen locals working in Marion, but not with cabooses.

It Must Have Been Serendipity

December 24, 2016




On the day of the Akron Railroad Club’s end of the year dinner, I spent the morning in Pittsburgh with my friend Adam.

We were driving down the main drag of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, when I spotted something on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern that I wanted to check out.

I had seen a Conrail caboose sitting on a siding attached to a work train. There was no locomotive with the train so it probably was sitting there for the weekend.

What a coincidence that on the day that I would be attending a program that evening about Conrail I would see a piece of Conrail.

It has been 17 years since Big Blue became a fallen flag, but traces of it still abound.

Pa. Museum’s Long Weekend Has Conrail Theme

June 18, 2016

The annual night at the museum at the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, will feature a Conrail theme this year.

Lake Shore Railway MuseumThe museum plans to make its former New York Central U25B No. 2500 look as though it is in its first days of Conrail service.

Also being highlighted will be a Penn Central transfer caboose that became Conrail No. 18374.

The caboose is the museum’s latest acquisition and was assigned to the Erie, Pennsylvania, area in the 1980s and 1990s. It was later retired by CSX, by which time it was parked in Dunkirk, New York.

The musum will open at noon on Saturday, June 19, and remain open for 28 hours through 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

The event features track car rides, museum tours and staged night scenes.