CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

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CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby legostudios34 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:16 pm

How many CSX Cabooses are left in Chessie System paint? I saw one of them in Cordele, GA about a week ago. It didnt even have CSX reporting marks, but it was clearly in service as it was coupled to a CSX Geep and a woodchip hopper.
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:27 pm

There are at least 2 or 3 floating around Wyoming Yard and at least 1 in pretty consistant use around Waverly Yard [Holland, MI]
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby Todd Cline » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:07 am

I know this might be just a bit off topic but in the late 1970's the Traverse City run always had a "wide-vision" caboose still in full C&O paint. We used to camp at "Healy Lake"( just north of Kaleva), every year back then. It was really neat. Train went right by the campground. Usually GP-9's or 35's. I think the '38's were too heavy for that subdivision. Although I don't know why. That track there was pretty solid! Cinder ballast could have been the deciding factor?

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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:27 am

My CSX timetable from 1987 lists all of the lesser used lines in Michigan, and most them did not allow anything bigger than a GP35. Guess they changed the rules when they retired them all, eh? The Hamilton branch wasn't cleared for GP38s back then but they use them now, and that track hasn't gotten any better over the years :lol:
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:53 pm

IIRC there's a Chessie caboose or two floating around the ex-PH&D line. Caboose 900054 (wide cupola) was here (Port Huron area) about five years ago (June 2007). It may or may not still be here. There was also a bay window caboose that was hanging around. I don't have a number for it (can't find a picture of it on my hard drive :( ).
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:42 pm

When the Chessie Chapter website/newsletter was still going strong, we kept a roster of cabooses on CSX lines still in service in Michigan. All of the ones below are in the Chessie scheme unless otherwise marked. The roster looked something like this in and just prior to 2005:

3 in Plymouth (+ 2 former CR Plymouth/Wayne) 904121, 904143, 903261
1 Rougemere-Oak Yard 903141
2 Wyoming 903101, 904151,
1 Lansing Ensel 903109
1 Muskegon 904015
1 Ludington 903158
1 Benton Harbor 904034
1 Holland 903318
1-2 Flint-Wixom 904044
3 Saginaw 904016, 904126, 900054
2 Port Huron 903161, 900052
2ish Toledo 900055 + ?

1 Retired Lansing Ensel 903320
2 Retired Saginaw 903266, 903227

Also floating around earlier in that decade was 903897 and CSX painted 904091.

Things are rather moved around now. Of course, I'm not even in Michigan anymore, but here are a few of the changes:
Plymouth 904121, 904143, 903261 (I think)
Grand Rapids 903318, 903101 (904151 scrapped, I believe), 903109 was also based here for a while, not sure where it is now.
Holland 904015
Ludington 903158 now MQT Rail (they also have C&O painted 903308, I believe)
Toledo 900055

Some of the other ones from the 2005 list have been reported at various places since then, but I haven't seen any recent reports. Obviously cabs from Saginaw and Muskegon have gone elsewhere or been scrapped. Until the late 90s, Saginaw was the home base for one of the very last C&O "Grand Rapids" style ACF cupula-center cabooses, from the 40s.

MAYBE we can use this thread as a sort of update report as people see things in their local areas? I admit I'm curious, too. Check out the Chessie Chapter caboose album HERE: http://chessiechapter.multiply.com/photos/album/2/Caboose-Photos
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:20 pm

I know there is at least still one Chessie bay window and 1 or 2 widevisions in Grand Rapids. The service track job has been using an Operation Lifesaver baywindow recently, though.
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby Y@ » Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:15 pm

The C&O Yard in Fostoria hosts two. One bay window, one cupola.
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby GrandFunkRR » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:30 pm

The 904044 bay window B&O / Chessie caboose is still in Lincoln Yard in Wixom, though it's in rough shape. It has broken windows and some poorly-done graffiti on it.
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby GrandTrunkFan » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:22 pm

These were together in Lansing recently. Dont know if all three are still there:
C&O 903320
CSX 904091
C&O ??????
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby MSchwiebert » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:14 pm

There's a couple different wide vision cabs in Chessie paint used as shoving platforms here in Toledo. Grafitti artists and vandals have done their work though - and they look like absolute crap.
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby Rangersteve » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:51 pm

The Chessie system 904044 is still in Wixom yard as of July 10th 2018, however, it has suffered a fire and is totally destroyed
Does anyone know anything more about this caboose?
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby NS3322 » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:11 am

900055 was still in Toledo as of 2016 (by the Jeep Plant and Ann Arbor Yard).
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Re: CSX Chessie System Painted Cabooses

Unread postby BnOEngr » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:32 am

903161 has been donated to Toledo Lake Erie & Western. Still in Chessie paint, which will be restored.
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