Conrail caboose #21215 brings up the rear of a westbound freight train at Vickers Crossing at Toledo (Northwood), Ohio on March 3, 1984, finishing a crossover movement between main tracks. The train has just passed over the diamonds of the Toledo Terminal Railroad at Vickers.

CR #21215 is an N21-class caboose, purchased new by Conrail in 1978. I photographed it again in 1987 at Toledo’s Central Union Terminal.

Within the next 1-2 years, cabooses would be eliminated on most mainline freight trains, and large numbers were sent to the scrapper. CR #21215 escaped this fate, and was purchased by the Catawissa Railroad Company in Pennsylvania, where it was adapted and used as holiday accommodation.


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