Here are a number of drawings related to cabooses in PDF format. Click on a link to open a drawing.
The CN steel caboose was manufactured in 1967. Look at the CN description of the caboose below, published as the caboose was introduced into service. The exact origin of this document is not known.
3 April 1967
The first of 150 newly designed cabooses has been approved and soon will be joined by the remainder, in service on Canadian National Railways’ lines across the country.
CN President Norman J. MacMillan, Q.C., other company officials, and union officers, have given the prototype unit their stamp of approval and, following minor alterations, it will soon be seen in service on CN lines.
The new design is the result of four years of study, experiment and consultation between CN and the brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
The builders, Hawker Siddeley Canada Ltd., Montreal, will begin delivery of the remainder of the all-steel units in early August at the rate of one car per day. The firm is building the shells at its Trenton, N.S. plant and completing the cars at Fort William, Ont.
The improvements are many:
Electricity is used for the first time in the new units. Lighting, refrigeration, hot plate, radio telephones and incinerating toilets are all operated by means of an axle-driven generator. The cars are five feet longer than the "old" models and are equipped with roller bearings, specially-designed trucks and shock absorbing underframes. Another feature is the wide-vision metal and glass cupula located in the center of the car, instead of at the rear as on the older versions, New furniture and equipment includes upholstered swivel chairs, with safety head rests, a chesterfield-bed, two modern oil stoves, one equipped for cooking, a high-capacity water system for cooking and washing, refrigerated drinking water and generally improved facilities for food preparation. The pleasant interiors are finished in bright, contemporary colors.
The cabooses were purchased primarily to meet the stress of modern long-train operations and speeds. However, the older units will not disappear right away. CN has a fleet of 1,127 and they will remain in service until the newer cars gradually replace them.
Office of Chief of Transportation