western railway museum banner train tracks

Great Northern X344

Great Northern X344

Description

This is a Great Northern Railway 25 foot two-truck wooden caboose.

History

It was built as Great Northern 078 in 1907 at their St Cloud, Minnesota shops. It was renumbered to 90124 in April 1914, to 90816 in March 1921, and X-344 in July 1926. Photographs indicate that this caboose may have spent some of its time working on the Great Northern electrification in the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. It was retired in October 1939 and sold to the McCloud River Railroad where it became their number 023. It was sold to A and K Ties in Oakland in 1962 after it was damaged in an accident on the McCloud. A and K donated the caboose to BAERA and it was moved to the Western Railway Museum.

  • Owners: Great Northern X344. Great Northern 90124. Great Northern 90816. McCloud River Railroad 023.
  • Technical Data: Type, Caboose, wooden, cupola. Builder and date, Great Northern Railway St Cloud shops. Class. Underframe, steel. Ends, wood with walk through train doors. Roof, canvas over wood. Lightweight. Capacity, 60,000 pounds.
  • Trucks: Trucks, arch bar. Wheels. Wheelbase, 62 inches. Journals, 4 1/4 X 8 plain bearings.
  • Air Brake Equipment: Air brake system. Brake cylinder. Hand brake, vertical staff, two.
  • Dimensions: Length. Width. Height. Truck center.
  • Propulsion Equipment: None
  • Misc Data: Coupler. Draft gear.
  • Current Condition: The accident damaged was repaired many years ago, but not completely. It has been repainted and numbered to Great Northern X344. The caboose is in fair condition and needs some work. The ladder is missing off one end.
  • Proposed Future Treatment: This car needs to be brought into the shop to complete the wreck repairs done many years ago. The end doors need to be replaced, the missing ladder replaced, and the car painted. •Motor Coach Collection
  • Date Last Modified: Monday, 04 July 2005

Hours

Year Round
Saturdays & Sundays
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Summer Hours
(June 14th - August 13th)
Wednesdays through Sundays
10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Museum Location

5848 State Highway 12
Suisun City, CA 94585

(707) 374-2978

Contact Us


familysdayout