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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #120 on: September 03, 2013, 08:53:54 PM »
When I worked at Itt on West Cook Road late 80s to the mid 90s. There was a Farm just North of our Factory at 7777 Hanauer Road.  It had an old caboose to the sw of the Property. Well you could see it sitting while you were driving on Cook Road. It looked like it had bay windows. I drove by it a couple of times but never stopped to ask about it. I should of cause looking at the new Google maps its now gone, alsong with the old farmhouse that once occupied the property.    If anyone around the Ft.Wayne area knows anything, please say.   Kevin
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Re: Historic Indiana Caboose
« Reply #121 on: September 22, 2013, 01:31:07 AM »

I have a bunch of questions about PH&D cabooses that I'm hoping somebody will be able to answer.  I'm told that there were 2 ex-Pere Marquette wood, cupola, cabooses on the PH&D roster.  Are the PM &/or PH&D numbers known?  Were these sold or scrapped when the brand new steel #51 & 52 came along?

When #51 & 52 were renumbered to #60 & 62 which one became #60?  Was there a way the current owners of #51 in Westville, IN,  idententified it as such or did they just like #51 better than #52?  Is PH&D #?, steel, bay window, caboose still for sale in Walled Lake, MI?

I had the address for the car in Westville, IN, but I inadvertantly deleted that e-mail!  Does anybody have the address?

Thanks for any help you can give on the above details, Roger
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I think this question was answered elsewhere on the internet, but I don't see an answer on this thread.

The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad had two steel, bay window cabooses. They were purchased from International Car Company, numbered 51 and 52 and were assigned to the company's locomotives of the same numbers- S1 #51 was assigned caboose #51 and #52 was assigned caboose #52. S1 #51 was sold early on in the company's diesel era, and was replaced by S2 #60. Caboose #51 was then assigned to #60 and was numbered accordingly. Later, when the company acquired S4 #62 from the B&O, caboose 52 was assigned to #62 and was renumbered to #62.

The caboose on display in Port Huron, Michigan is #62/52. The caboose in Westville is #60/51. #62 wears the later blue paint with white and red stripes.

I don't have a frame number for the car in Port Huron, but the car belongs to the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society, and their website is: Roger, if you have additional questions about the cabooses that haven't been answered elsewhere on the internet, feel free to email the PH&D RRHS' webmaster at the address on the website.


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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #122 on: January 06, 2015, 02:12:12 AM »
Here are a couple of updates.
Macy-CRR 1081
Earlier in the thread I believe it was Hibbard who said he tried to find the caboose at Macy. It is located along the old IMC aka Nickel Plate Trail just South of Birmingham, Indiana. It can be found in Northern Miami County East of CR 200 West along Birmingham Road/1200 North at a home on the South side. It looks like it is a clear shot of viewing it if on the old rail line trail.
4056'9.01"N   86 6'23.61"W is the exact location. It is former Clinchfield and later Seaboard Family Lines 1081 painted in red.

Lafayette-NKP 774
Another one asked about is former Nickel Plate Road 774 aka N&W 557774 in Lafayette. It is actually located just West of Mulberry near the old LE&W next to a home in a woods along CR 500 South just West of CR 1075 East or also 1/3 of a mile West of the Clinton County line in Tippecanoe County on the South side of road. Caboose is oriented North-South on a section of track about 100 feet long. This is East of the home if that helps pin it down.  4020'37.87"N  8642'2.35"W
I don't know who owns it now as the original owner passed away in March 2013, perhaps his wife still lives there?

Lastly I can't seem to find another caboose I found by chance a couple of years ago along the Eastern side of Lake Shaffer(a street or so off of the lake) somewhere South of Buffalo, Indiana and Northeast of Indiana Beach. Anyone up that way gets bored, feel free to investigate. I have lost where it was. I don't have any details either unfortunately but to say it is a Center Cupola caboose painted red and a short section of track.


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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #123 on: January 06, 2015, 04:01:40 AM »
I think I found another Missing Caboose. After a lot of research tonight the AWOL caboose from Sider and Son's Gravel in DISKO, Indiana known as former NKP 1142 may have been moved to owner Mr. Richard Sider's home North of Roann along Harman Road just North of CR 700 North, or at  4056'1.30"N  8556'6.03"W.
The above link takes you to a John Eagan photo I believe on the Nickel Plate H&T Society site of this location. Isn't he the Hoosier Hobbies guy? Isn't he a member of this board too I thought? Jay


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Re: Indiana Caboose
« Reply #124 on: January 06, 2015, 04:19:32 AM »
That's great to hear of another NKP caboose survivor.  I really thought it was in Southern paint, but it's been many years since I've really taken a good look at it.  Thanks for the correction!

It served as a prop for my senior photos a few years ago. It is in remarkable shape, and is along with an old Erie crossing signal and milemarker.
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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #125 on: January 21, 2015, 07:57:41 PM »
Jay - I drove to Roann on Monday and the caboose you found is indeed the #1142. Thanks for the help locating it.


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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #126 on: January 22, 2015, 01:18:08 AM »
No problem, glad to help. Jay


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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #127 on: July 24, 2015, 09:04:52 PM »
The caboose at the Kruse Auction site in Auburn was owned by a former coworker and before that it had been on display where Eddies Ice Cream is now. It is a former Minneapolis Northfield & Southern car that has been bastardized with a cupola. I think the RR actually added the bay window though.  I can't say for certain, but I think it came from Goshen, Indiana where a number of such cars were stored--possibly from Bob Spaugh.

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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #128 on: November 01, 2015, 02:06:06 PM »
"Dillsboro - C&O 90299, steel,cupola, US 50 & CR 750 East, east of Elrod, once in Vevay, IN"

Donated and moved to WVRR in Connersville on 3-1-12. Now in service and can be seen most weekends in Metamora on the Local between the beginning of May through the end of October.

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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #129 on: May 23, 2018, 10:15:07 PM »
Yeah, I know it's old.

Found this in Greene county over by I69 in the woods.


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« Reply #130 on: June 14, 2018, 08:48:02 AM »

Here are the cabooses I list in Indiana towns starting with a "B":

Beesons - TP&W 502 to (IHR) 502 to IBCX 502, steel, bay window, Connersville & New Castle RR;

Blackhawk - L&N #? as Smith Family, steel, bay window, Smith Family Park, 10801 Rt. 159;
               - MILW 01885/991885 as Prairie Rose, steel, bay window, rib sided, as above;
               - SCL 01168, as Smith Family, steel, wide vision, as above, near side entrance.

Bloomington - MONON C-290 & 81403, wood, bay window, Carl First & Century Quarries, Tapp Rd., to MH&TS?

Bluffton - ICG #? to Wabash Central 503, steel, wide vision cupola, Wabash Central Railroad Yard;

Bremen - B&O C2045, wood, cupola, Weldon Miller, 2246 E 2B Rd., ex-Hamlet, North Judson & Walkerton, IN; &

Browntown - SCL 0846 to SBD 20846 to CSXT 20846, steel, cupola, Coal Tipple, West CR 75 N.

As you can see, there are 2 missing numbers and unanswered questions about the 2 MONON woodies.  Any help on these will be appreciated!

Thanks, Roger, Cortez, CO

Resurrecting an old thread,

MILW 01885/991885 at Don Smith's near Blackhawk is actually 01891/991891


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Re: Historic Indiana Cabooses
« Reply #131 on: January 22, 2020, 04:15:56 PM »
Union Mills - C&O 90826, as E (owner's last initial), wood, cupola, SR 39 & CR 1000.

The owners name is Bill Eaton, was part owner of Wolf's farmers union mills.
He is the uncle of Chuck Eaton from union mills who started on the B&O with me back in 71 and retired a few years ago. He is also my brother in law. One of the best foreman and guys CSX had.