NYC Caboose in Mechanicville

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NYC Caboose in Mechanicville

Postby BR&P » Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:20 am

I posted this on one of the old RR.net incarnations without any luck. Maybe we have someone on here now who can answer so here it is again.

I have a B&W photo I took somewhere about 1964 on the B&M side at Mechanicville. It's a wooden NYC caboose, obviously of the 19000-type series, but renumbered NYC X27213 which would indicate MW or some other company use, not a normal in-service caboose. It has heavy screens on the windows and a screen door, and appeared to be parked on the track long term.

I know at one time NYC did run through frm Dewitt to Mechanicville so presumably it was some sort of office or lay-over for NYC employees. Anyone know what it was used for?
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Postby Dieter » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:15 pm

Can you upload your picture anyplace so we can see it through a link here?

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Postby BR&P » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:34 pm

I don't have a scanner but let me see what I can do. I know a couple folks who might be able to help out.
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Postby Railjunkie » Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:15 am

Ill ask around at work there are still some ex "Dumb and Happy" employees who worked the yard way back when.
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Postby BR&P » Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:29 pm

BR&P wrote:I don't have a scanner but let me see what I can do. I know a couple folks who might be able to help out.


Well, it's NINE years later and now I DO have a scanner - so here's the caboose in question. And no, I still don't have an answer on what it was there for.
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Re: NYC Caboose in Mechanicville

Postby edbear » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:09 pm

When the B & M and NYC downgraded Rotterdam Jct., late 1930s or so, the Selkirk locals were introduced. Twice a day interchange cars for each road were ferried from Mechanicville to Rott. Jct. and then to Selkirk and vice versa. Both B & M and NYC crews and power participated. These jobs routinely took up to 16 hrs. for a round-trip in the early Penn Central days. BM-7 & NY-20, the Dewitt to Mechanicville (and eventually Boston) date from mid-1970s or later.
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Re: NYC Caboose in Mechanicville

Postby BR&P » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:15 pm

So this caboose might possibly have been a crew quarters for NYC guys who ran out of time? Today it's totally different but back then times were simpler. I note the screens on every window, indicating somebody spent a lot of time inside.
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