Caboose SLSF 1275

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  1. mark

    mark Staff Member Staff Member

    Please see the following link for a view of Frisco caboose SLSF 1275. (left side, A end, 11/28/2008) (left side, A end, 7/14/2006) (left side, B end, 3/23/2007)

    This from the 2nd series of extended or wide vision cabooses purchased during 1968 by the Frisco. Four of the cars from this group (1275-1284) are known to exist at other locations - 1276, 1277, 1278 and 1284.

    These and the subsequent 1969 order of cabooses were equipped with swing motion type caboose trucks. The car has retained its end ladders and roof top running boards. The center sill cushion underframe draft gear appears to be hyper extended on the B end.

    This car is painted as a faux Northern Pacific Railroad caboose. It is numbered as if it were NP 1919.

    The caboose is located next door to the offices for North Dakota Winter Show in Valley Center, ND. This building appears like a depot. Note the freight room doors on the west end. MSR topographic maps indicate a branch line once ran on the north side of the building at the approximate location of the caboose. The car is on display east of the center and north of a parking lot on the north side of the street.

    Unfortunately this is another Frisco, the 3rd, 1200 series caboose on display where we currently do not have an accurate record of its true identity. Any assistance in tracking down its proper car number would be most appreciated.

    The car address is 240 W. Main St. (a/k/a County Highway 21, Business Highway I-94, U.S. Highways 10 and 52), Valley City, ND.

    Please see,350.16,,0,2.14

    Hope this helps.



    Update 6/28/2010:

    Confirmed the Frisco identity of this car as SLSF 1275. The area Chamber of Commerce forwarded my inquiry to a local historian that has provided a photograph. When they received the caboose it was painted for that other successor railroad. From the photograph the car number was verified. The car was subsequently repainted by a local model train club as a faux Northern Pacific caboose.

    Special thank you to Pamela Erickson with the chamber and Becky Heise with the Barns County Historical Society.

    Hope this helps.


    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 28, 2010
  2. paul slavens

    paul slavens Member

    Interesting to note that 1275 was built with standard swing motion caboose trucks, but by December of 1973 it had been equipped with a set of the General Steel swinghanger trucks. By the time it was retired it rode on standard swing motion caboose trucks like it had when new. I saw this on a pic posted to the archive on 4-22-14. Makes me wonder why it had been changed and then changed back.

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