Re: PRR NC Cabooses

Bruce Smith

On Aug 17, 2011, at 10:39 PM, Justin Kahn wrote:
I recently acquired a very nice Car Works NC bobber in O scale and wonder how late these were used, and which divisions, say, after WWII, if
in fact, they were used that late.

Jace Kahn, General Manager
Ceres and Canisteo RR Co.

While some PRR bobbers lasted into the late 1950s (e.g. there were 4 ND class bobbers on the 1957 roster), the NC class disappeared well before that. I'm still chasing the data, but it seems likely that the last NC was off the roster by the mid to late 1930s. There was an excellent Keystone article on the bobber style cabins many years ago that describes their history. Additionally, the car diagram and a photo are on Rob Schoenberg's site at:

Bobbers that remained on the PRR roster after about 1940 were assigned either to yard duty, or to branches with very light rail, such as the Octoraro branch.

The current project on the PPRPro projects list is PRR wood cabin cars, so feel free to bring that NC over there and see where it goes (


Bruce F. Smith
Auburn, AL

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