N7A Cabooses

The N7A class consisted of 185 cabooses numbered throughout the CR 21513-21798 series, formerly PC (same numbers), built as NYC 20298-20497.

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The early 80s were a strange time on the Pittsburgh Line. Here a pair of light road units provide assistance up the hill, shoving behind two different cabooses.

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CR 21526 ex PC 21526/NYC 20475.
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An N-7A caboose on a Westbound.
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With CR N7A-class caboose 21540 (ex-NYC 20339) trailing, CR SD-45's 6185 and 6193 push hard into the tunnels at Gallitzin in August, 1979.
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Conrail class N7A bay window caboose 21568 clatters across the C&WI in front of an N&W local freight in November 1982. Doug Davidson photo with permission
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Conrail caboose Class N7A CR 21581 Winter 1988. CR 21581 ex PC 21581/NYC 20336.
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CR 21593 is seen in Rose Yard in Altoona PA on 10/5/97. Car is ex PC 21593/NYC 20472 and was built 7-52.
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CR 21593 is seen on display at Creeson, PA on 3/14/98. Car is ex PC 21593/NYC 20472 and was built 7-52. Caboose was later scrapped at Sankertown, PA in Aug of 1998.
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CR 21593 is seen in the process of being scrapped at Sankertown, PA on 8/20/98. Car is ex PC 21593/NYC 20472 and was built 7-52.
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CR 21593 is seen in the process of being scrapped at Sankertown, PA on 8/20/98. Car is ex PC 21593/NYC 20472 and was built 7-52.
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CR 21593 is seen at Altoona, PA on 6/7/97. Car is ex PC 21593NYC 20472, built 7-52 and was deleted by CR on 9/5/98.
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CR 21625 ex PC 21625/NYC 20490.
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CR pushers SD35 6039, SD40 6311, SD45 6204, and SD40 6318 push hard on Conrail-lettered, but still in PC green, N-7A class caboose 21635 (ex-NYC 20370) as they pound up Horseshoe on May 22, 1977.

A crewmen in the SD35 enjoys the enthusiastic response of the crowd awaiting the pass through of RDG 4-8-4 #2102.

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CR 21636 ex PC 21636/NYC 20347.
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CR 21646 ex PC 21646/NYC 20310.
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Former PC 21646/NYC 20310 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 7/29/1984. Note the outline of the NYC "cigar band" logo visible under the Conrail paint.
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A pair of CR cabooses, N7A class 21656 (ex-NYC 20414) and N5 19324R (ex-PRR) rest at Conway yard in August, 1977.
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A pair of CR cabooses, N7A class 21656 (ex-NYC 20414) and N5 19324R (ex-PRR) rest at Conway yard in August, 1977.
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CR 21665 ex PC 21665/NYC 20341.
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Former PC 21686/NYC 20495 is seen at Rutherford, PA on 8/11/1984.
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CR 6686, former EL 3655, is pushing hard against an ex-NYC N7A class cabin CR 21691 at Horseshoe Curve in August, 1978.

Photo by permission from Andrew J. Erlichman.

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Former PC 21694/NYC 20485 in storage at Rutherford, PA on 6/5/1983.
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Former PC 21742/NYC 20444 is on the end of a loaded coal train entering the Northeast Corridor at Perryville, MD on 3/3/1984.
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CR 21746 - Class N7A
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Former PC 21750/NYC 20323 at Hummelstown, PA on 2/21/1983.
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Former PC 21764/NYC unknown at Enola, PA on 9/12/1982.
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A pair of GP38-2's leads a string of cabooses south, probably to Renovo, PA. Cabooses include: Class N7A 21769, Class N3A 19674 and 3 that look to be N4's. Emporium, PA 12/1994
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Former PC 21774/NYC 20441 is on the rear of a westbound at Works.
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CR 21782 (ex PC 21782/NYC 20478) on the rear of an eastbound entering the yard at Allentown, PA on 4/5/80.
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CR 21788 ex PC 21788/NYC 20415.
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N-7A class 21790 (ex-NYC 20381) feels the pressure as CR GP38 7799 and GP35 2304 apply braking power to her train as they roll down the Curve on May 22, 1977.

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N-7A class 21790 (ex-NYC 20381) feels the pressure of CR GP35 2304 and GP38 7799 applying the brakes as they roll down Horseshoe's track 2 on May 22, 1977.
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Former PC 21797/NYC 20932 on the rear of PIOI at Allentown, PA. Note the last car, an ex PRR MOW boxcar (CR 76772).
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CR 21797 (ex PC 21797/NYC 20932) on the rear of an eastbound freight at Belmont Jct, Phila. PA on 3/3/84.
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GP15-1 1696, one of the West Springfield yard jobs, has gotten "tagged for the duty" of giving TV9 a helping hand up Washington hill. N7A 21724 gets the squeeze put on it at Ballou's in Washington, MA. This was just about a year after Conrail suspended regular helper service on Washington hill. Of course, this did not mean that an occasional train wouldn't need help, which meant that whatever was available in the vicinity, be it yard jobs, local pedlar engines, or even power from another road symbol freight, would get "Shanghied" for the duty.
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Further evidence this is NHSE, N7A van 21686 tucked in behind the power with another caboose on the end of the train.
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N7A 21514 on the rear of NHSE at Bancroft, MA. on June 30, 1984.
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ENPI-6X, led by CR 7806, passes the "pimple" at the west end of Enola yard on Dec. 26, 1982. The pimple was evidently used for temporary spotting of cabooses which were than rolled down onto the end of departing westbounds.
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Note that even though the Penn Central lettering on the side of the caboose has been patched over with Conrail, on the end of the car it still says PC 21701.
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And, Oh yeah, were not done yet, let's add a four unit cab hop on the rear. Sights like this were not that uncommon "back in the day". Now it's pairs of CSX "Dark Future" dump trucks...oh hummm!

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