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cabooses made from diesel locomotive frames.
Posted by NP Eddie on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 7:19 PM

ALL:

I am a happily retired NP-BN-BNSF clerk from Northtown (Minneapolis). Shortly after the 1970 merger I got a crappy relief on the X-GN side in Minneapolis working at three different locations, but had days with Thursday and Friday off (which was nice for a newly married man).

The GN had used four Baldwin locomotive frame to place an enclosure for trainmen and thus made four transfer cabooses for the Twin Cities Terminal.

Can anyone tell me if any other railroads used locomotives frames for cabooses? A few boxcars were converted to cabooses, but I am just looking for cabooses. My reference is my own experience and Del Grosso's "Burlington Northern Railroad Cabooses, 1970-1995.

Happy hunting.

Ed Burns

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Posted by F.S. Adams on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:18 PM
Seems like I've read that one or more railroads built transfer cabooses on tender frames but I don't remember which. Maybe CRIP or MILW?
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Posted by headshack on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:18 PM

The ERIE LACKAWANNA had cabooses with cast frames from locomotive tenders.

By Employee Timetable they could put a lot of power behind the caboose pushing out of Scranton Pa.

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Posted by pajrr on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 1:48 AM

Those Erie-Lackawanna cabooses were originally built by the Lackawanna. They indeed were used on trains out of Scranton that needed pushers to get out of town. Steamtown has one and another NJ railroad museum has one. The frames are massive compared to a standard caboose.

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 6:01 AM

I believe the one at Steamtown is Genesee Valley 4810, originally built 1948.  It's quite a piece of work, and I'd be interested in its ride quality...

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 4:32 PM

headshack
The ERIE LACKAWANNA had cabooses with cast frames from locomotive tenders.

By Employee Timetable they could put a lot of power behind the caboose pushing out of Scranton Pa.

Which may be one of the reasons the State of Pennsylvania enacted laws that stated that crews had to vacate cabooses when being shoved by helper power of 3500 HP or more.

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Posted by Nicholas on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:08 AM

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:43 PM

 

In 1934 cabs weren't the strongest cars in the train.

DOT Investigation
Attention is called to the potential hazard involved in massing motive power against any caboose car or car used for similar purposes. The caboose involved in this accident was well constructed, but its strength was insufficient to withstand the crushing force exerted by the two heavy helper engines when the brakes on the train were applied in emergency after the angle cock at the rear of the caboose had been closed and when steam was being used on the helpers to provide slack necessary to uncouple them. The caboose drawbar failed under compression, a part of the rear platform was crushed, and the fatality resulted. On February 13 and March 3 there were similar accidents on this division involving west-bound trains on the east side of the mountain; in each case the train broke in two, the helper engine crushing the caboose although fortunately no fatalities or injuries resulted. There also was another accident on March 4 on the Baltimore Division wherein a train of 133 cars broke in two and three cabooses on the rear were considerably damaged by the two helper engines behind them. This latter accident was investigated by this Bureau, and a separate report will be issued.

The full report.

https://dotlibrary.specialcollection.net/Document?db=DOT-RAILROAD&query=(select+1885)

 

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