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Freight Cars

AC&F 1927 Chicago & Illinois Midland 65
AC&F 1927
Chicago & Illinois Midland 65
Description:NE Steel-Sheathed Cupola Caboose

Equipment Information

Chicago & Illinois Midland 65 is a standard railroad caboose designed for general freight service over the C&IM system in Illinois. It has a centered cupola on the roof to provide the conductor better visibility over his train. It was originally wood-sided, built to a design very similar to contemporary Illinois Central cabooses, but in 1940 it was rebuilt by the C&IM with steel sides. During the late 1970s, coal traffic on the C&IM dropped due to competition from newly-developed western coalfields, and this caboose was retired in May 1979. It came to IRM one month later.

Builder: American Car & Foundry Company
Year Built: 1927
Length: 37ft 9in
Width: 9ft 2in
Height: 14ft 8in
Weight: 46000 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: Bettendorf
Description: Steel-Sheathed Cupola Caboose
Arrived: 1979
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational

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