• Caboose Question

  • Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.
Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.

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  by planespotting
 
How many cabooses like Conrail Caboose #22137, usually on train ME-2, do you think are still in revenue service across the U.S.? Excluding tourist trains, is #22137 the last of its kind?
  by lvrr325
 
A caboose isn't in revenue service.
  by eolesen
 
I know of about a handful still actively used on the UP near Chicago, mostly on switching or local jobs where there's a long back-up move involved.

As for revenue vs. non-revenue service... I'd say they're still considered in revenue service if the railroad is being paid to move those cars from the yard to the customer's siding or a transloading track. If they're moving their own cars to storage or a repair facility, and need a caboose for safety/convenience reasons, that would probably be considered a non-revenue move.