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I repeat, they ALL had propane tanks for heat!!!Jimmy LisleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> Date: 11/27/21 9:24 AM (GMT-05:00) To: nw hist <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> Subject: Re: Caboose question It also answers the question of theLP tank and generator installation, truck mounted generator would not have a LP tank.On Nov 27, 2021, at 09:10, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
On 11/26/2021 10:52 PM, NW Mailing List
From just these two responses and what I have found
the questions I now have are:
1. What determined if the C31P got the LP tank on
the under frame, I have seen pictures with and without that are
random, 555630 is one without.
2. The numbering were the C31’s all in the 518000
series and C31P’s 555000 series? The numbers seem random and
mixed with C32P numbers.
3. When was the change in the truck generator? The
one drawing I found in the archives shows 1979, revised 1981 for
the Dayco generator drive.
Would the Caboose book help me in additional info?
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that the C31P &
C32P cabs as built are not the same as today. For whatever reason,
NS has mixed and matched the numbers around so as who knows what
is what anymore.
That said, all of the C31P cabs were numbered 518XXX and all of
the C32P cabs were numbered 555XXX.
The LP tanks were already on the C31 cabs when they went to be
converted as they were heated and with propane. The lights were
C32P cabs were brand new from the factory and came with
C31 cabs got their generators when they were converted to the "P"
spec. What kind it was? We didn't give a hoot...as long as it
Yes, the caboose book is a good book. Very useful. However, one
thing does stick out in my mind. It seems to me that the book
makes a reference to the C31 cabs being converted to the "P" spec
before the C32P cabs arrived. This is not true. The paperwork may
have been done, but, the C32P cabs arrived on the scene before the
C31P cabs made it out of the shed.
A couple of thoughts. They C32P cabs came with high back bucket
seats. These seats had the ability to flip over so you could
always be seated in the direction of travel. Now, while some of
you may think that these seats were a cool thing to have in a cab,
they were uncomfortable because of the angle of the seatback and
the padding in the head area.
The "P" cabs also were equipped with very strong stainless steel
screens for the windows. Yes, they would keep out a thrown rock,
but, they also kept out a lot of the breeze needed to keep cool on
hot days. As the screens were considered a safety feature and if
you got caught with them open, some fool supervisors used that as
an excuse to write you up!
The C31 cabs with their coil springs (I don't understand why they
had them in stead of leaf springs in the first place) could ride
quite stiff at times. We had one conductor that would have you get
some oil out of a car that had a plain journal box. He would then
put the oil on only one side of the truck frame where the bolster
slid. This would help the ride. Now, if you happened to oil both
sides by mistake, then things really got bouncy!
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James WallRural Hall, NC
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