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Sacramento Northern 1632

SN 1632 as restored to its 1956 appearance, SN 1632 as restored to its 1956 appearance,


SN 1632 is an outside braced, steel underframe, wooden, cupola caboose. It was rebuilt from a boxcar.


This car started life as Western Pacific wooden boxcar 15451 in 1916. The boxcar was built by the Pullman Company as part of a 1000 car order. The Western Pacific needed cabooses with steel underframes to meet new California Railroad Commission requirement adopted in the mid 1930s. It rebuilt steel underframes boxcars into cabooses at its Jeffries Shops in South Sacramento to meet this requirement. Boxcar 15451 was rebuilt into caboose WP 607 in 1937. The Western Pacific started replacing its wooden cabooses with steel cars in the 1950s and 607 became surplus. It was sold to the Sacramento Northern in June 28, 1956. It was one of 10 similar cars, series 1630 to 1639, that were sold to the SN in the 1950s. A flush toilet was installed in August 1958 and electric lighting in March 1964. Caboose 1632 worked on the Sacramento Northern until October 1973, at which time it was the last surviving cupola caboose on the SN. Caboose 1632 was transferred back to the Western Pacific and became the caboose on the Oroville derrick outfit train, the only wooden caboose on the Western Pacific for many years. It was numbered WPMW 37-9 while in the derrick outfit. It was donated to the Feather River Railroad Society of Portola, California by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1984. This caboose was acquired by the Western Railway Museum on May 9, 2005.

  • Vintage Photo: Vintage Photo
  • Vintage Caption: SN 1632 as it looked when it arrived at the WRM in 2005.
  • Owners: Sacramento Northern 1632. Western Pacific 15451. Western Pacific 607. Western Pacific 37-9.
  • Technical Data: Type, Caboose. Builder and date, Western Pacific Sacramento in 1937. Class. Underframe, steel. Ends, wood with walk through doors.
  • Trucks: Truck center. Trucks. Wheels. Wheelbase. Journals.
  • Air Brake Equipment: AB10-12. Brake cylinder, 10 X 12. Hand brake.
  • Dimensions: Lightweight. Capacity. Length. Width. Height.
  • Propulsion Equipment: None
  • Misc Data: Coupler. Draft gear.
  • Current Condition: This car has been restored.
  • Date Last Modified: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
  • Additional Photo 1: Additional Photo 1
  • Photo 1 Caption: Interior of the long end of SN 1632.
  • Additional Photo 2: Additional Photo 2
  • Photo 2 Caption: Looking back at the short end of SN 1632 interior.

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