#1082 (HM2G56)

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N 38° 34.272', W 90° 27.799'

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Northern Pacific

—1954 —

This caboose was built by the Northern Pacific Railway at their Brainerd, MN shops. The cupola on top is a lookout for its crew, where they can keep watch on the freight cars as the train runs. It was rebuilt in 1968 with a propane-fired heater (later replaced with an oil-fired system), axle-driven electrical system, drinking water tanks, and chemical retention toilet. Hydraulic draft gear between the couplers and frame cushion its crew against sudden movement due to coupler slack action. This happens when the train changes speed or goes over a hill. The single inch of space between the couplers of each car can cause sudden jerks at the train's rear end in a "crack the whip" fashion. This was a frequent cause of crew injuries and is one of the reasons cabooses were eliminated in the 1980s. This caboose is 40' 10" long overall and weighs 67,000 lbs. Donated in 1983 by the Burlington Northern Railroad.
HM NumberHM2G56
Year Placed2012
Placed ByMuseum of Transportation
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Date Added Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 720991 N 4272245
Decimal Degrees38.57120000, -90.46331667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.272', W 90° 27.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 16.32" N, 90° 27' 47.94" W
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