The New York Central and subsequently the Penn Central built these steel transfer type cabooses in their Despatch Car Shops located in East Rochester, NY. This particular car was built in 1969 after the merger of the New York Central, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the New Haven and Hartford Railroads. This was the second class of transfer "hacks" built by the NYC/PC.
Built with large platforms on either end for increased visibility, these cabooses were used in local switching and transfer freights. The car was equipped with a toilet, running water, a conductor's desk at one end, and a single bunk.
The car was donated by Conrail to the museum in January, 1996. The car suffered some cosmetic damage to the opposite side than shown above when it was involved in a roll-over near Batavia, NY which the museum has since corrected prior to its cosmetic restoration. The car is equipped with roller bearing trucks and modern brakes making it the most "modern" caboose in the R&GV Railroad caboose roster.
The car is completely restored inside and out. Repainting to Penn Central 'Deepwater Green" was achieved during the summer of 2002.
- Built in 1969 at Despatch Shops in East Rochester, NY
- Ex-Penn Central