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PC: PC caboose at Danbury
- Subject: PC: PC caboose at Danbury
- From: BGXX32A@xxxxxxxxxxx (MR PETER A KING)
- Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 19:22:13, -0500
I spent the day at the show at the Danbury Railway Museum today. They
do indeed have a PC caboose. Here's what I know about it:
About 18 to 20 years ago, a group in Yorktown Heights, NY restored
the former Putnam Line station in town. They acquired a caboose from
Conrail to display outside the museum. Unfortunately, no NYC cabooses
were available, so they got a former Pennsy N5. There was some
discussion on how to paint it. They didn't think that they should
paint it NYC, since that would be inaccurate. Painting it for PRR
would be unthinkable, so they settled on PC. I'm not sure what
happened to the group, apparently they disbanded or fell apart. The
caboose sat for many years and became the victim of vandals. It even
had at least one fire.
Eventually, the car was up for scrapping. Enter the Danbury Railway
Museum. They stepped in and agreed to take the car last spring. The
car was trucked to DRM, and there it sits in partial PC paint,
looking very sad inside.
There are plans to restore the car to full PC livery, since PC did
run through Danbury. From the looks of things, it will take a lot of
Other happenings at DRM:
Metro North has donated 2 NH 'washboard' MU combines from their wire
train, as well as a round-windowed baggage car.
The NYC E9 that used to be at Essex, CT is now stored at DRM.
Apparently, the owner was not happy with Essex, but likes the Danbury
group very much.
PRR P-70 observation car 'Sasqua' arrived at DRM this week. It's in
fair shape, but looks promising.
Their boxcar/tool car has been repainted tuscan red, and is lettered
PRR on one side.
Peter King in NY
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