Norfolk and Western Caboose

Norfolk and Western Caboose (HM1CVK)

Location: Rocky Mt, VA 24151 Franklin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 0.074', W 79° 53.523'

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Class: C31P No: 518631

— Built: January, 1970 —

One in a class of 200 built by International Railway Car Company, Kenton, Ohio between December, 1968 andFebruary, 1970. The "P" denotes pool service and meant the caboose could travel any portion of the N & W System.

Before air brakes, the caboose was one of two braking units on the train—the other was the engine. The caboose also was an office for the conductor who filled out numerous reports, a dormitory with a kitchen and toilet, and a supply area for the freight crew. The cupola provided a vantage point for the crew to spot possible trouble on the tracks or with the train.

Virginia was the last state to require a caboose at theend of a freight train. This law was repealed in 1988. Today's freight trains are tailed by a "FRED" (Flashing Rear End Device) weighing about 35 lbs.

Restoration Project by Franklin County Historical SocietyInc. in cooperation with the Town of Rocky Mount. To make a tax deductible donation, send a check to: Franklin County Historical Society, P. O. Box 905, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

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"A Fitting End for the Former End of a Train"
Placed ByFranklin County Historical Society Inc. in cooperation with the Town of Rocky Mount
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 8:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 598581 N 4095582
Decimal Degrees37.00123333, -79.89205000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 0.074', W 79° 53.523'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 0' 4.44" N, 79° 53' 31.38" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 52 Franklin St, Rocky Mt VA 24151, US
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