New York Central #19877

Built in 1921 (possibly 1918) by the New York Central's own Oswego shops in Oswego, this cupola caboose has a steel frame and a wood body. The original cost was estimated to be about $3600.00. The car is 36 feet in length and was a very popular design on the NYC.

The caboose was used throughout the NYC, but spent a good deal of its life working around the Rochester area. It is said to be the last wooden caboose to be used on the NYC in 1972.

The caboose was donated to the museum in December, 1986 after being sold in 1973 to a private individual who displayed the car in his yard. The caboose was brought in by truck to the museum complex in August, 1987.

The caboose has been restored by Chapter members including the application of all new tongue and groove siding, new windows, and a complete interior and exterior repainting. Work continues. Currently the caboose needs to have its roof replaced and some additional wood work.

Technical Data

  • Built in 1921 at NYC shops in Oswego, NY
  • Ex-New York Central