Conrail Cabins & Cabooses
Class N-5B

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An N-5B rounding the curve headed for Shock's Mill Bridge across the Susquehanna below Saginaw, PA.

Photo by T.W.Wolfgang 55k
CR 22892 eastbound at Columbia, PA. This car is incorrectly stenciled as class N-5C.
Photo by T.W.Wolfgang 63k

PRR N-5B 477707 is owned by Al Smith of New Freedom and is parked at the station in that same town.

Photo by T.W.Wolfgang 63k
N-5B CR 22875 in Cedarville, OH with an N-5G.

Photo by Douglas Papay

N-5B Class Data
183 cars 19103,19417, 20001-20076, 22796-22843, 22854-22989 ex PC 19103, 19106, 19417, 22796-22996 ex PRR 477618-477819. There are a few N-5 and the N-5E mixed in this block.
The N-5B was a new design based on the N-5A improvements to the original N-5 and incorporated all the safety improvements and used a Dureya underframe. There were 200 N-5B units built in 1941 as classes preceding the PRR N-6A were phased out. A tool box was built into body just above the sill by the A end. Its door was flush with the car side. The location upper end side grabs and height of the grabs on the end of the carbody was higher than on the N-5. The N-5B had a vertical riveted strip of metal similar to the N-5 belt rail running vertically on the middle of each side although I have photos of N-5s with the strip also. Car CR 22892 was misclassified as an N-5C. See N-5 for additional data.

Outline created from Bowser model by T.W.Wolfgang.

N-5B Dimensions
Length over
30' 7 1/2" 24' 2" 18' 10" 9' 8" 10' 10 1/2" 13' 5 1/2" 43150

Sources : Quick field measurements of CR 20043

Modeling the N-5B
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-5B
  • "Conrail Cabooses," Frank A. Czubryt, Jr. Rails Northeast. Oct. '81, Pages 22-35.
    Photos and class number information.
    • CR 20003, b&w.

Drawings of the N-5B
N-5B side/end
N-5B plan
Side and end views(58k) Floor plan(43k)
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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