BR&P wrote:NYC had thousands of cabooses like that. Many survive as static displays, but to the best of my knowledge this is the ONLY one still rolling. And it used to work in Rochester, so there truly is a local connection. Good job, guys!
The CNY NRHS's car at the fairgrounds might be able to be used in light service. At least, when they moved it and the GG1 to the second track, it didn't hurt it to pull that GG1 behind and then shove back in - for whatever reason the CSX or Conrail crew had to pull out to the east side of CP293 and shove back in on the second track (at least at that time the pocket yard switch was controlled by the dispatcher). I was worried pulling that big G would damage the caboose, but it was tougher than I thought. I would imagine that makes it the last one to roll on the former NYC main line, if only for a few hundred yards. But outside of that, yes, I'm not aware of another that's even capable of being moved on it's own wheels.
I missed this post.
I'm sure there are others which would be capable of moving if the opportunity was presented, mechanically speaking. Toward the end, the bodies had seen way too many years, but the running gear somehow kept on going, in most cases anyway. One Rochester local, YT-1, used to leave the yard each day with the caboose on the head pin, and at times took 30 or more cars out of the yard. Unless something was seriously wrong, trailing a GG1 behind the caboose would be no big deal.
Quite a neat observation about the last wooden NYC caboose to roll on the main line!
Now if we could only get the R&GV museum to let it get realistically "broken in" with dust on the floor, dirty windows, stale cigar smoke lingering in the air, etc!