Conrail Cabins & Cabooses : N-3A
Conrail Cabins & Cabooses
Class N-3A

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This collection of photographs of N-3A CR19674/EL 263 was contributed by Bryan Turner. This caboose is located about three miles north of Elkmont, Alabama along a former L&N right of way now used as a trail. It appears that an RV park is being built and the caboose is being used to decorate the entrance. The photos were taken with a Ricoh RDC-2 digital camera on March 19, 1998.

This Conrail caboose was restored to EL C267 by Brian Weinberg for his Boy Scout Eagle Project. The first photo is of C267 painted up in EL colors back in the 1970s when it was still on the EL. The second is how the caboose looked when it was delivered to the Glenburn Township Building (the former DL&W Glenburn, PA Station). Next is restored car, and finally the caboose after he restored it but before he put the lettering on it, that is the Glenburn Station next to the caboose.
Photos by Brian Weinberg

Before and after photos of N-3A 19662, ex EL, exx ERIE C237, part of Walt's fleet at Catawissa, PA.
CR 19662 by Walt Gosciminski 32k, ERIE C237 by T.W.Wolfgang 47k.

CR 19677 taken in Tamaqua, PA on June 14, 1983. This is the same car shown restored above.
Photo by Randy Mower, 18k.

N-3A Class Data
83 cars 19653,19655-19659,19661-19678 ex EL ex ERIE C-170 to C-269.
The Erie Railroad built this class of welded steel cupola cabooses at their shops in Dunmore, PA in 1945 and 1946. There were two subclasses, C-170 to C-221 and C-222 to C-269 which differed in many minor dimensions. The only significant differences were the construction of the center sill and the truck centers. The second group had truck centers of 16'11 1/8" while the first was only 15'11 1/8". They were the last class of cupola cabooses built by the Erie. The trucks on these cars were re-used freight car trucks from cars in the 86000 to 88049 series, giving them a hard ride. A later modification added a fuel tank to the stove end of the car resulting in the window on the right side of that end being plated over. Some cars had sliding window screens added. About half of these cars were scrapped and one went to the M of W fleet.

Outline created from EL line drawing and photos of CR 19674
by T.W.Wolfgang.

N-3A Dimensions
Group Length over
EL C170-C221 30' 11 1/8" 24' 1 5/8" 15' 11 1/8" 9' 1 5/8" 11' 8 7/16" 14' 5 1/8" 43800
EL C222-C269 30' 10 7/8" 24' 1 5/8" 16' 11 1/8" 9' 1 5/8" 11' 7 13/16" 14' 4 5/8" 44000

Source : EL drawing

Modeling the N-3A
All scales
Scratchbuilding this one is your only choice, it is quite different from any available model. I am not aware of any brass models either. The drawing and photos on this page should provide enough data to build a good model from styrene.

Articles about the N-3A
  • "Conrail Cabooses," Frank A. Czubryt, Jr. Rails Northeast. Oct. '81, Pages 22-35.
    Photos and class number information.
    • CR 19655, b&w.

Drawings of the N-3A
N-3A plans
EL line drawing provided by Brian Weinberg, 121k.

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