Re: Odd (to me) Monon car
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In the late 60’s I took a photo of one of the B&O’s cars in Indianapolis made from an M26. It had a side step for the door and caboose grab and ladder type equipment. Other roads just used an extra caboose at the head end. Some extended the steam engine cab for the extra seat and a notable one had a tender dog house. The Monon and NKP found it useful to have the boss at the head end on locals and made cars for that because it was handy to have the conductor right there when the engine stopped at the depot to see the agent, particularly when the train had some length. Saved walking or backing and forthing.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Seth Lakin via Groups.Io
Craig wrote:” a 'front end' caboose was required by Indiana state law for trains longer than 65 cars.”