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All-time N&W Caboose Roster

Compiled by Robert G. Bowers



A&BB --Akron & Barberton Belt

AC&Y --Akron, Canton & Youngstown

CW ------Chesapeake Western

DH -------Delaware & Hudson

DMU ----Des Moines Union

EL -------Erie Lackawanna

FP&E ---Fairport, Painesville & Eastern

IT --------Illinois Terminal

LE&FW -Lake Erie & Ft. Wayne

NFD -----Norfolk, Franklin & Danville

NJI&I ---New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois

NKP ----New York, Chicago & St. Louis

NPBL ---Norfolk, Portsmouth Belt Line

PPU -----Peoria & Pekin Union

P&WV --Pittsburgh & West Virginia

TRA -----Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

VGN -----Virginian

WAB ----Wabash

WSSB ---Winston-Salem Southbound

W&LE ---Wheeling & Lake Erie


This list is numerical starting in 1924 when renumbering was converted to six digits starting with the number “5”. This was done when the railroad decided to place all MofW cars, (cabooses are considered to be non-revenue, I.E. maintenance of way) in the 500000 number series. As other railroads were purchased or merged into the N&W, their cabooses were renumbered, sometimes only on paper, into the 500000 series.

This list contains approximately 1,613 N&W cabooses. Disposition/retirements/donations are listed, if known, and also those units sold to secondary markets are listed. Cabooses donated or sold to private owners are show but not the names or addresses. Corrections and additional information is solicited. Send correction to N&WHS, P.O. Box 13908, Roanoke, Va. 24038-3908.