Conrail Cabins & Cabooses
Class N-5A

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PC 19570 at Buckeye Yard in Columbus OH on November 24, 1977.
Photo by Jim Hebner 33k

N-5A Class Data
3 cars 19568-19570 ex PC 19568-19570 ex PRR 477292,477110,477587.
These cars were rebuilt from N-5s in 1937, according to some sources this was not an official PRR class but the tracings shown below indicate differently. The rebuild included collison posts and beefed up sills of later designs, installation of A-B brakes and cushioned draft gear. The updated cabins may have still been labeled N-5. See N-5 for a more detailed description. There may have been a fourth N-5A, 477267, that did not make to the PC.

Outline created from Bowser model by T.W.Wolfgang.
The tracing below shows several errors in this outline, look for an update soon!

N-5A Dimensions
Length over
32' 8" 24' 0" 20' 0" 9' 9 3/8" 10' 8 3/16" 13' 9 11/16" 44100

Sources : PRR Tracing E-419126D

Modeling the N-5A
Bowser produces an excellent N-5 which can be used to model this car. Most cars had roofwalks removed, ladders cut down and a plate installed on the right side of the end platform. The trucks in the kit are also incorrect and should be replaced with a leaf spring type with journal bearings. Steps may have to be moved out toward the ends to clear the larger trucks, this was done on the prototype.

Quality Craft Models produced a stamped metal and wood kit, I don't know if it is still available.

Other scales?
Any tips would be appreciated!

Articles about the N-5A
  • "Conrail Cabooses," Frank A. Czubryt, Jr. Rails Northeast. Oct. '81, Pages 22-35.
    Class number information.

Drawings of the N-5A
N-5A side/end
N-5A plan
Side and end views(35k) Floor plan(28k)
PRR tracings from Robert Schoenberg's web site, contributed to Rob by Tom Gardner via George Elwood. If you are into the Pennsy, Rob has MANY more locomotive, passenger and freight car tracings available on Rob's Pennsy Homepage. There are also 300 dpi versions of the Cabin tracings available there too!

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