Long Island Rail Road
LIRR class N22B bay window caboose C-63 was built in 1963 by the International Car company. When built, the N22B cabooses featured included a hot water tank, Kerosene stove, direct drop toilet and two bunks.
LIRR rebuilt this caboose in the 1970's. During rebuild, the bunks were removed and markers were added on both ends of the caboose. A shelf was added where the bunk was to hold a battery pack to power the lights and new markers. Due to the railroad buying new "Flashing Rear End Devices," C-64 was finally retired from service in the early 1990's. After retirement, it sat in Dunkirk yard in Queens, NY with a few other cabooses, where it was heavily vandalized. C-63 was covered with graffiti and broken into on numerous occasions with all the copper plumbing taken out.
The Long Island Rail Road donated C-63 to Twin Forks in 2003 and the caboose was brought to Riverhead yard where it's been stored since. In 2019, C-63 went through a huge transformation.
It was the biggest project that the volunteers at Twin Forks have taken on since working on C-60 and the first time we did a full restoration. The caboose has received all new piping for the water, and the sink turns on for the first time in 20+ years. The stove is now operational, and the electrical system works once again. C-63 has been painted into the Long Islands MTA era Yellow and Blue paint scheme. C-63 is now used as a display car to show the public what a Long Island Rail Road caboose was like pre-retirement.
To learn about the work that we did to the car, click here: Restoration of C-63