Conrail Cabins & Cabooses
Class N-7

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CR 21654 getting the squeeze on The Curve, May 1977, Altoona, PA.
Photo by
Charlie Bowyer (71k)
CR 21765 at East Palestine, OH in March, 1977.
Photo by
Charlie Bowyer (50k)

N-7 CR 21758 displaying the most common bay window caboose scheme, some cars have the wheel part of logo on the other side of the bay, see CR 21513 on the N-7A page.
Photo by Jim Hebner (36k)
The crew in an N-7 or N-7A picking up orders in 1977.
Photo by Rick Bowyer (19k)

PC 21518 at Providence, RI in June, 1974.
Photo by Dick Leonhardt (75k)
Ace Hardware 4002 at Pocopson, PA in March 1999. Father Benn was kind enough to provide me a long list of dimensions for this car and a drawing is in the works.
Photo by Father Walter Benn (54k)

N-7 Class Data
95 cars 21500-21795 broken ex PC 21500-21795 ex NYC 20200-20297, 20498-20502 ex B&A 1300-1304.
Bay window type, small offset bays, riveted sides, built by Despatch Shops 1948-49. These ex NYC cars were mixed in with the N-7A when renumbered by PC, for a breakdown please see the Renumbering Table. 21736 was painted in a special safety scheme.

Outline created from photos and data by T.W.Wolfgang.

N-7 Dimensions
Length over
41' 4" 33' 6 7/8"
24' 11" 9' 0 5/8" 10' 8" 13' 2 1/4" 52000

Source : NYC tracing and Rail Classics 7/88

Modeling the N-7
Could be kitbashed based on Athearn or Walthers bay window caboose. Two shells are required as roof has 10 embossed panels instead of 9. New sides with 11 riveted side panels and ends must be made. There are 5 panels on one side of the bay and only 4 on the other, the arrangement is reversed on the opposite side so the bays are directly opposite each other when viewd from above.

Other scales?
Any tips would be appreciated!

Articles about the N-7
  • "Conrail Cabooses," Frank A. Czubryt, Jr. Rails Northeast. Oct. '81, Pages 22-35.
    Photos and class number information.
    • CR 21504, b&w.

Drawings of the N-7
N-7 plans
N-7 class data
Plans(35k) Class data(19k)
From a 1950 NYC plan book, found on George Elwood's web site, contributed by Tom Gardner, used with permission.
Please visit George's Erie Lackawanna and other Fallen Flag and Shortline Railroad Photos.

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