cabooses made from diesel locomotive frames.

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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 Maria on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:37 AM

This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start Do My Essay blog.

 

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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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