Caboose

Here's the place to just kick back and discuss pretty much anything under the sun.

Moderators: Moderator, Administrator

Post Reply
User avatar
rooyfletcher
Veteran
Posts: 68
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:59 am
Location: Fort Wayne, IN

Caboose

Post by rooyfletcher » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:00 pm

what are those red cabooses that are always sitting around in East Wayne for?

Funitsforever
Veteran
Posts: 126
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:24 am

Post by Funitsforever » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:45 pm

locals and rostabounts use them for shove moves around town

User avatar
Greg46m
Site Admin
Posts: 779
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:20 pm
Location: Bryan, OH
Contact:

Post by Greg46m » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:32 pm

...leave it to a rail to screw the boy up even worse, Scott :)

Locals put them on the end of their train so that when they need to reverse the conductor has a platform to stand on and watch to protect the crossings since there is no way to signal that a train is coming. I've seen some cabooses before that are equipped with air horns that the conductor can blow for crossings, but I don't believe very many have these.

For example when the Woodburn local heads out towards New Haven and up the 5th district he is usually backing his train out of the yard because of the way the spurs that he switches are set. The caboose, or shoving platform, will be the "front" if you will, giving the conductor a platform to stand on that he can see oncoming traffic and warn the engineer if there's any traffic fouling the crossing. This is much safer than hanging off a rail car and gives him much better visibility, especially since he may be traveling a few miles.
Greg Lavoie - Webmaster

Funitsforever
Veteran
Posts: 126
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:24 am

Post by Funitsforever » Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:41 pm

I thought my answer was pretty straight forward

dbrackin7
Veteran
Posts: 289
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:51 pm
Location: now overlooking the ncd

Post by dbrackin7 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:03 am

so what about the caboose sitting behind the old harvester plant, is that abandoned? and do any of the companies in that area still use the sidings.
8v71

User avatar
rrnut282
Veteran
Posts: 2001
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:43 am
Location: M.P. CF161.8 NS's New Castle District

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:46 am

I'd say the MN&S caboose at the old Scout Plant belongs to an individual and it is being "stored" there.
rrnut282
(Mike)

dbrackin7
Veteran
Posts: 289
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:51 pm
Location: now overlooking the ncd

Post by dbrackin7 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:30 am

is there a difference between storage and abandonment. And if norfolk uses the caboose as a push platform I think wabash central should do the same. yet they now have landlocked there caboose.
8v71

User avatar
rrnut282
Veteran
Posts: 2001
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:43 am
Location: M.P. CF161.8 NS's New Castle District

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:11 pm

dbrackin7 wrote:is there a difference between storage and abandonment.
Yes, how long you visit the grey-bar hotel for messing with it.

As for Wabash Central, they don't shove cars for long distances and since they are a short-line they have different rules when it comes to creature comforts like that.
rrnut282
(Mike)

dbrackin7
Veteran
Posts: 289
Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:51 pm
Location: now overlooking the ncd

Post by dbrackin7 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:59 pm

okay wishful thinking on my behalf for wabash cenral, :) coming back from van buren, and or warren, I have seen them back over the tracks cars first I would like the idea of a crew member watching or an air horn for warinig.
8v71

BWH2003
Regular
Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:54 pm

Post by BWH2003 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:24 am

Actually saw a train with a caboose on it tonight. It was coming from huntington headed east crossing engle road at about midnight. It consisted of mainly tankers but had mixed in box cars and gondolas. Just wierd that I read this thread and actually saw one on a train tonight.

User avatar
rrnut282
Veteran
Posts: 2001
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:43 am
Location: M.P. CF161.8 NS's New Castle District

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:30 am

Was it near 7pm? If it was it was LF10 coming back from Mullenix. LF10 runs back and forth a lot so it could use a caboose for a long backing movement.
rrnut282
(Mike)

BWH2003
Regular
Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:54 pm

Post by BWH2003 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:28 pm

no it was around midnight. Didnt see the engines as we were pulling up to the crossing. They went by 30 seconds before we got there. It had way to much speed to have been switching mullenix. Moving I would say about 25 mph heading towards downtown

Post Reply