Pennsylvania #477822

Through the 1940s railroads looked to replace wooden-bodied cabooses with steel. In 1942, the Pennsylvania Railroad built 169 cars in its class N5c. The dimensions are similar to the N5b, featuring a centered cupola. What makes the N5c unique is the “streamlined” angled cupola and the paired porthole windows at the ends. These features made this particular class stand out from the more conventional squared-off designs used on other railroads. These unique cars would go on to serve successors Penn Central and Conrail for many years.

As cabooses were phased out in the 1980s, many were placed in storage awaiting scrapping. Since the Pennsy served Rochester, a suitable representative was sought for preservation. On September 27, 1998, No. 477822 was delivered by rail to the museum at Industry by the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville. The car was prepped for movement from Pennsylvania by Dave Luca and Janet Dittmer. Upon arrival, the roof brackets for the “trainphone” antenna were removed and the holes plugged. The interior was removed and the steel floor was cut out in anticipation of replacement.

This car is currently not on public display, and is being evaluated for restoration. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved in or funding a project like this!

Technical Data

  • Class N5c Caboose
  • Weight: 43,200 lbs.
  • Length: 30′ 7.5″
  • Built 1942 as PRR 477822
  • Penn Central 23145 – 1968
  • Conrail 23145 – 1976
  • Acquired September 1998