Caboose question

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Fri Nov 26 16:32:09 EST 2021


You can't beat personal experience of someone like Jimmy Lisle, but for 
the more mundane info I am attaching a copy of a caboose sheet from the 
NS Equipment Guide dated January 1, 1984.  I have drawn red lines below 
the two rows of data for the two cabooses so you can compare them.  I 
hope you can read this copy!

One apparent inconsistency that I noted was that the footnote references 
under "Remarks" for the C31 did not include (3) Stove. I wonder how they 
were heated without a stove.

The archives has a bill of material for the C31P truck (Hol-00125.25) 
and an arrangement drawing (NW-E25068) of the C31P truck showing the 
leaf springs that Jimmy mentioned.  Possibly someone else knows of 
additional info on the trucks on these classes of caboose.

Gordon Hamilton

On 11/26/2021 8:53 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Jimmy,
> Thanks for that info.  Everyone please keep the info coming.  I will 
> look thru th archive info but if anyone knows the truck
> type/manufacturer please add this info.
>> On Nov 25, 2021, at 16:01, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> 
>> wrote:
>> First off, the C31 cabs had coil springs. C31P cabs had leaf springs 
>> making for a much better ride. The P cabs also had electric lights, 
>> including a blinking flasher in the middle and red lights on the back 
>> corners which also shown white below to light up the platform.
>> A white stripe surrounded the cupola denoting a pool cab.
>> The C31P cabs were the "LTD'S" of all N&W cabs as they rode so smooth 
>> after converting to leaf springs. The C32P cabs paled in comparision!
>> Jimmy Lisle
> James Wall
> Rural Hall, NC
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