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At Nampa: 1941

At Nampa: 1941

June 1941. "Coaling station on railroad at Nampa, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Caboose 3055

This shows Oregon Short Line 3055, a Union Pacific CA-class caboose built in 1911 and retired in March 1953. Behind it is a much older NCS-class caboose built about 1901 or before.

Third light safety

A few RR's like the Nickel Plate, New Haven and Union Pacific, added a third marker light on the roof of the cupola. ICC safety inspectors were always lavishing praise on this practice as many rear end collisions avoided by the light being higher up and easier to see from a distance. Now we have that feature on our automobiles.

Off track

The coal-laden cars are pulled upward by a cable to the top here, and the rollers on the centerline of the ramp's track are to keep wear on the cable and the ties lowered. At the base, where it levels (?) off, there is what is known as a derail. This is a section devoted to intentionally divert a car to the ground if it runs away in the event of a cable breaking or the connection comes undone. The cars are fed onto the ramp from the track leading away at the left of the photo. Good detail picture of how the railroad solved a potential saftety issue.

Built to last

Roster of Union Pacific Wooden Cabooses

Oregon Short Line Wooden Cabooses - Class CA
Car Number OSL 3055
Date Built Jan 1911
Length 30'
Builder AC&F
Previous Type
Previous Number OSL 700
Date Renumbered Jun 1916
Date Retired Mar 1953
(Later that summer, I took a train from Jacksonville, Florida to Washington, DC as a proud member of the School Boy Patrol.)

In 1913, construction moved from wooden to wooden with steel under-frame and class changed to CA-1

Here is a link to the home page that looks to include almost every unit of Union Pacific rolling stock.

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