Caboose question

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This answered a question I had -- they were equipped with batteries, which were charged by axle-driven generators.But, what voltage was used Ed BellSent from my LG K10, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone------ Original message------From: NW Mailing ListDate: Sat, Nov 27, 2021 8:13 AMTo: NW Mailing List;Cc: Subject:Re: Caboose questionGordon,From that list I will assume that since the C32P cabs had type 208 (not 208a) trucks, these were the trucks with leaf springs.Then truck type "208a" were the trucks with coil springs.There was no change in the type of heaters, they being of the propane type.Interior lights did change from propane to electric. The lights were also on a timer so as not to run the batteries down if left on. To the best that I can remember, a reset button was installed just inside either back door.Batteries were charged from an axle driven apparatus.Jimmy LisleSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone-------- Original message --------From: NW Mailing List > Date: 11/26/21  5:05 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: NW Mailing List > Subject: Re: Caboose question 
    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:
      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
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                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
                Jimmy Lisle
          James Wall
          Rural Hall, NC
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