Penn Central Caboose Photo Archive

The N-8A and N-8B Classes


Built in 1948 as a class NE-6 for the New Haven, they were rebuilt by the Penn Central into class N-8A around 1970. The windows in the cupola were sealed up, a water tank was suspended from the ceiling and bay windows were installed on it's sides.

.   Location And Information Date  Photo Credit
. 23634 New Haven CT
ex-NH 649
October 1973 Paul McGrane
 23651  Holyoke
ex-NH 671
 Jan 25, 1974  from the
collection of
Jim Hebner
 23662   Fonda NY
eastbound
ex-NH 687
Sept 1, 1970   from the
collection of
Jim Hebner
 23662   Fonda NY
eastbound
Sept 1, 1970   from the
collection of
Jim Hebner
 23662  Danbury CT
Restored to PC 23662 by the
Danbury Railway Museum!
Here she is the restoration crew riding as it is spotted on a different track.
1998  Edward A O'Lena's
8 year old son 
 23662   Danbury CT
Restored to PC 23662 by the
Danbury Railway Museum!
Next to their PC N-5
 1998  Edward A O'Lena's
8 year old son 
 23662  Danbury CT Aug 21, 1998   Jeff Lubchansky


N-8B ex NH NE-5 with added bay window and blanked cupola

NE-5 cabooses Nos. C510-C534 were welded, and had an average weight of 43,500 Ibs. All windows and doors were equipped with metal protection screens. Sliding windows were used in the carbody

Caboose dimensions for the NE-5 series included a length of 33-feet, chinches between strike plates; a height of 11-feet, 2-15/ 32-inches from rail surface to top of running board, a cupola height of about 2-feet, 6-inches; and a width of 90-feet, 5-inches between the edges of each end platform.

PC started a rebuild program, with each caboose in the 23000-series of former NE-5 and NE-6 (Nos. 23505-23620 ) being reclassed (N-8B) and Nos. 23622-23679 (N-8A), was given a new set of roller bearing trucks; while fabricated bay windows were added to the carbody sides of these cabooses. The cupola windows were welded over with square steel plates

 

 N-8B #

 LOCATION

DATE

PHOTO BY

23505  Bridge One
Cleveland OH
   George Elwood
23519  Conway, PA March 8, 1975 David Hamley
 23533  Holyoke March 29 1974   from the
collection of
Jim Hebne
23533  Big Darby Creek Bridge
west of Buckeye Yard
Columbus OH
September. 1976  Jim Hebner
23541 Allentown PA  February 22, 1977   from the
collection of
Jim Hebner
 23560  Cleveland Ohio
Collinwod Yard
 March 1976  Jim Hebner
23565  Freedom PA  June 1973  George Alberti
23566  Bellfontaine OH 1974   Jim Hebner


 

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