Conrail Cabins & Cabooses
Class N-4

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CR 18759 taken in November 1980 at the wye at Lurgan, this was the cab on the Shippensburg Local.
Photo by Randy Mower (18k)
One of Walter Gosciminski's two ex RDG cars on display at Catawissa, PA.
Photo by Walter Gosciminski (63k)

RDG NMl 92891 is owned by Rich Hafer, this car is sometimes
used on the Liberty Limited Dinner Train.
Photo by T.W.Wolfgang (95k)

N-4 Class Data
59 cars 18705-18763 ex RDG 92834-92928.
Northeastern type, steel, riveted, Duryea cushion undeframe. No windows in ends. Three of the four inner windows were blanked and sealed windows added to most of the cars by the RDG. 18705(92875) and 18754(92899) had sealed porthole windows installed in 1958. Former RDG classes NMj, NMk and NMl. Built 1936, 1937 and 1941. NMj's originally were equipped with Andrews trucks, NMk's with Taylor and the NMl's with Birdsboro.

Outline created from drawing in Railroad Model Craftsman July '82. by T.W.Wolfgang.

N-4 Dimensions
Length over
32' 8" 24' 11" 19' 0" 9' 3" 11' 0" 13' 6" 42400

Sources : Rail Classics 7/88 and Railroad Model Craftsman 9/82

Modeling the N-4
Eastern Car Works kit or Life-Like Proto 2000 Northeastern are both excellent models. All of these cars have windowless ends, some cars require the addition of window inserts that are available from your local hobby supplier, see the article listed below.

Other scales?
Any tips would be appreciated!

Articles about the N-4
  • "The Ubiquitous Northeastern Caboose Part I," Dick Steinbrenner.
    Railroad Model Craftsman. July '82, Pages 77-83.

    Not much Conrail info but an excellent in-depth article on RDG cars including a drawing. Photos of many second-hand users.
    • RDG 94043, yellow and green.
    • RDG 92835, red.
    • RDG 92826, red scheme, b&w.
    • RDG 94059, yellow and green with window inserts, b&w.
    • RDG 92877 red, b&w.
    • RDG 94038 red, porthole windows, b&w.
    • RDG 92830 red, b&w.
    • Ironton 8, What happened to this one? Did Conrail get it?.
    • RDG 92890 yellow and green, some sealed windows.
    • Many other photos of secondhand users
  • "Conrail Cabooses," Frank A. Czubryt, Jr. Rails Northeast. Oct. '81, Pages 22-35.
    Photos and class number information.
    • CR 18720, b&w.

Drawings of the N-4
HO line drawing by Chuck Yungkurth, Railroad Model Craftsman. July '82, Page 82.

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