CNJ Caboose question

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CNJ Caboose question

Postby ppbhist » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:12 am

I need to know when the CNJ started using the round ball targets on the front and rear of the caboose cupola. Thanks for any help!

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Re: CNJ Caboose question

Postby 56-57 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:44 pm

http://www.gingerb.com/CNJ%20Mauch%20Ch ... 0Train.jpg

There's a pic from 1944, with the statue herald on the tender of the engine, but no orange disc on the cupola of that 2 year old steel hack yet.

http://www.gingerb.com/CNJ%20Mauch%20Ch ... ew%202.jpg

Nearly the same spot, 17 years later.. It's 1961 and two out of the three hacks pictured have the orange discs. I'd venture to guess the started putting them on in the late 50's.

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Re: CNJ Caboose question

Postby glennk419 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:46 pm

What was the purpose of the ball targets?
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Re: CNJ Caboose question

Postby 56-57 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:50 pm

Visibilty.. The same reason a few years later conrail put red-and-white striped diagonal reflective patches on the end walls of their hacks.
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