N4 and N4A Cabooses

Conrail inherited these classes of "Northeast Standard" cabooses from the Reading. The N4s were assigned CR 18705-63 (ex-RDG 92834-92928 built in 3 groups in 1936, 37, and 41).Class N4A was assigned CR 18800-57 (ex-RDG 94002-74, built in 1944 and 1948).

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CR 18714 N-4 class (ex-RDG 92882) caboose works with former LV SW-1 8419 at Bethlehem in April, 1977.
2
Former RDG 92856 at Rutherford, PA on 5/7/1983.
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CR 18718 ex RDG 92876.
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An ex RDG caboose brings up the rear of the Lima local. CR 18720 ex RDG 92874.
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The Lima local is backing into the yard and putting its train together at Rochester Jct. CR 18720 ex RDG 92874.
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CR 18722 ex RDG 92837.
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CR 18722 ex RDG 92837.
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CR 18724 ex RDG 92870.
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CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013 (CR 18830) as they work Abrams yard. Just behind the GP7 rests former RDG N4 cabin 92914 with a fresh CR stencil as 18730.
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CR 18732 ex RDG 92909.
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CR 18735 ex RDG 92897.
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CR 18736 ex RDG 92893.
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CR 18737 ex RDG 92904 - Class N4 at Northumberland, PA
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CR 18737, an ex RDG N4 buggy, on local WANO-4 at Lewisburg, PA. on Aug. 21, 1985. Former RDG 92904.
15
CR 18745 ex RDG 92883.
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CR 18747 ex RDG 92911.
17
Former RDG 92926 stored at Reading, PA on 12/26/1986 likely waiting to be scrapped.
18

RDG N4 class cabin 92887, soon to be CR 18752, coupled to RDG SW1500 2759 (CR 9598) works Abrams yard in February, 1977.

This caboose would later be preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, and is stored at Ridgefield Park.

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RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, is coupled to N4 class cabin 92887 (CR 18752) as they work Abrams yard in February, 1977.

This cabin would later be preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of NJ, and is stored at Ridgefield Park.

20
RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works Abrams yard sandwiched between ex-PC N5B 22841 and RDG N4 92887 (CR 18752) cabooses.
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CR 18755 ex RDG 92902. You can see the Reading number under the blue paint.
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Former 92902 at Rutherford, PA on 4/11/1983.
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Former RDG 94044 at Franklin St. Steelton, PA on 4/21/1983.
24
Ah, the smell of new paint ! Former Reading Lines #94041 is on one of it's first trips after receiving a new coat of dress blue.
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RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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RDG SW900 1515 (CR 8715) is sandwiched between CR blue N4A class cabins 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and 18810 (ex-RDG 94015) at Abrams yard in January, 1977.
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From the cab window, RDG SW1500 2762 passes by CR N4A cabin 18811 (ex-RDG 94016) and SW900 1515 at Abrams in January, 1977.
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CR 18816 ex RDG 94009.
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CR 18821 ex RDG 94046.
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RDG SW1500 2762 (CR 9612) idles with N4A class cabin 94013 (CR 18830) between switching assignments at Abrams yard on January 3, 1977.
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CR GP7 5813, ex-RDG 623, is coupled to RDG N4A cabin 94013.

RDG cabins like 94013, soon to be CR 18830, were familiar sites at Abrams yard through the winter of 1977. They were often tucked behind SW1500 or GP7’s.

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CR 18841 ex RDG 94068.
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CR 18847 ex RDG 94063.
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Former RDG 94050 is seen at Cornwall Jct. near Lebanon, PA on 2/21/1983. Note the Reading and white Lehigh Valley 50' boxcars visible in the background.
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CR 18850 ex RDG 94053.
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CR 18852 ex RDG 94054.
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CR 18853 ex RDG 94070.
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Former RDG 94070 is seen at Cornwall Jct. near Lebanon, PA on 2/21/1983.
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RDG SW1500 2759, soon to be CR 9598, is coupled to N4A class cabin 94065 (CR 18854) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.
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RDG SW1500 2770 (CR 9620) works with CR cabins 22841 (ex-PRR N5B class) and soon to be CR 18752 (RDG N4 class 92887) at Abrams yard in February, 1977.

CR 18752 (built 3/41) was preserved by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey at Ridgefield Park, NJ.

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RDG 94004 stenciled "CONRAIL" stencil but still with its RDG number (CR number will be 18827), at Youngstown, OH in October 1976.

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