The Brockville "Van" or Caboose

The Brockville "Van" or Caboose (HM1NGB)

Location: Brockville, Ontario K6V 1A1 Leeds and Grenville United Counties
Country: Canada
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N 44° 35.384', W 75° 40.89'

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Built 1954 - Donated, restored and placed here, 1987

This steel caboose was built in 1954 for the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.) at their Angus Shops in Montréal. It served the Eastern Division of the railway for many years.Cabooses, or "vans" to trainmen, were usually used at the end of freight trains. The Brockville caboose (serial no. 437464) probably began his life as an "assigned" caboose, but later functioned as a "pooled" or "run-through" caboose. Early cabooses were "assigned" to only one conductor. A "pooled" caboose remained hooked up to a train over an extended route, while the crew, consisting of at least one conductor and one brakeman, would change periodically.In 1987, the city of Brockville expressed an interest in obtaining a retired caboose for this site and the CPR generously donated the car. Originally destined for the Winnipeg salvaging yards, the caboose has been restored to the 1950s era, to commemorate Brockville's railway history and its many railway workers.Technical details:33'-2" (10.11 metres) long and weighs 45,000 lbs (20,412 kg.)Steel superstructure, underframe and car5' x 9'(152.4 cm x 274.32 cm) Barber trucksWabco air brakes and Ajax 15" (38.1 cm) wheel hand brakesHeating by caboose stoveCooking fuel: coal, coke or oilLighting: Aladdin or Coleman oil lamps
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCity of Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee
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Date Added Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 445905 N 4937602
Decimal Degrees44.58973333, -75.68150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 35.384', W 75° 40.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 35' 23.04" N, 75° 40' 53.4" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12 Water St E, Brockville Ontario K6V 1A1, CA
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