Buggy No. 19333
Bought this photo at my local hobbyshop and don't know when it was taken or by whom, but Chris Simpson says it now resides at the Hopo RR in Lincoln N.H..
Help from Chris Sampson on this one. He says its an N5 class Caboose, originally a Pennsy buggy #478519. N-5 Class Data as follows:
328 cars conveyed to Conrail, 125 renumbered CR, 56 to M of W service, 117
scrapped by CR, 15 sold before renumbering and 15 to Amtrak. 19026-19099 ex PC 19001-19418, 19108-1941 ex PRR 5001-5034, 476933-477616, 478500-478519,
There are some cars of other classes in these
number blocks including N-5A, N-5B, N-5D and N-5F.Pennsy's first all-steel design. This class and the N-5A and N-5B variants were the most common style of caboose on Conrail, there were almost twice as many in these classes than any other one class. Built 1916-1929. These cars received quite a few modifications during their long lives, including the addition of the
heavy collision posts and end platform changes. It also appears that the end
roofline was modified when the collision posts were added. Don't know if any of the survivors had the heavy collision posts. The original trucks on these cars were archbar leaf spring types, later replaced by short, 5' 3"wheelbase trucks with coil springs. When later modern leaf spring trucks with longer wheelbases were subsituted the steps had to be moved out toward the ends of the car.
Pennsy modelers should take note of tracing E-443454B, no collision posts, the stack is in a different location and the end sills are straight.
A special thanks to Chris Sampson for all the detailed data on this and the N-5 class buggies.
Photographed by Unknown.
Added to the photo archive by Ralph Cunningham, October 27, 2003.
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