of caboose SWMX 4876. I believe that this caboose is the same
one pictured here on George Elwood's excellent site parked in
Cumberland, MD after its restoration and renumbering to Southern Westmoreland
SWMX 500. After digging around a little more I discovered that this
is probably ex BLE 1987, SWMX 4876, SWMX 500, TREX 1987, and is now
in operation at the Western Maryland Scenic RR (WMSR). I
photographed this car again in 2002 in Cumberland!
An update from the caboose owner in 2010! : This caboose was built by the leader in caboose construction, the International Car Company from Kenton, Ohio, in 4/1956. The car was the first built for the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railway. The series was painted orange and numbered 500-549. It cost $17,000.00.
Nine of these “Cabin Cars” were leased in l966 by the “J” to the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad. They were classed NE5, renumbered 1981-1989, and repainted in a more traditional red color. In l987, the “Crummy,” as many conductors nicknamed cabooses, was retired and sold.
Originally, this “buggy” boasted of a propane generator, space heater, hot and cold running water, hot plate, electric fans, bathroom sink, and a propane gas refrigerator. Propane tanks were awkward to recharge, and all of these was removed. The walls and the ceiling are insulated. The floor was covered with tile. Each crew member has his own locker. But the caboose still has many of the comforts of home: bunks for sleeping, chairs for sitting, closets for storage, a sink for washing, a kerosene stove for heating and cooking, and a toilet for, well, you know.
This caboose was purchased by the Turtle Creek Valley Historical society in 1987, to run on a line in Trafford, PA. That never happened so in 1994 it was moved to the West Virginia Northern in Kingwood, WV. I purchased it in 1999. I was going to bring it back to PA, to the Laurel Highlands Rail Road. At that that time the Western Maryland Scenic was a better place until 2009. Now it is at the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad in Middletown, PA. It is has bee restored and is available to charter or just ride on their caboose train. mhrailroad.com
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