Re: Oldest Caboose Candidates

Nelson Moyer <ku0a@...>

The steel panels were not placed over wood siding, rather they replaced the
wood siding as it became necessary to repair the cupolas. Take a look at the
color photos of Q waycars online, and you'll see where the paint peeled from
the galvanized metal as it aged. Obviously, they weren't a quick fix, given
the large number of waycars built in the late 1800s that remained in service
into the early 1970s.

Nelson Moyer

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Those steel panels over wood siding often trapped moisture behind them. This
practice strikes me as a "quick fix".

Steve Lucas.

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Moyer" <ku0a@...> wrote:

I went through the CB&Q/BN rosters, and I have two candidates for oldest
waycar in service.

The first one is a Class NE-1 waycar number 14118 built by the B&MR at
Plattsmouth, NE in 1880, sold to the Oregon Pacific & Eastern in 1975, and
retired in 1981 at the ripe old age of 101.

The oldest Burlington waycar I could find that stayed on the railroad
throughout its life is also a Class NE-1 waycar number 14315 built by the
KCSt.J&CB in 1874 and retired by the BN as number 11060 in 1972 at the age
of 98 years.

Several waycars made it past the BN merger to be retired after 95 to 96
years of venerable service.

In addition to steel underframe and wood-beam trucks, the Burlington used
galvanized steel panels on the front, back, and sides of cupolas,
contributing to the long life of their wooden waycars.

Nelson Moyer

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