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RDG 90700-90709 Class NMg, built 1930 by Reading Shops


RDG 90710-90719 Class NMe, built 1926 by Reading Shops


RDG 90720-90729 Class NMf, built 1927 by Reading Shops

RDG 90723 by Reading Shops

Class NMf, built 9/27, retired 2/59; to Ironton Railroad #8, to Red Caboose Motel 20

RDG 90723 served on the Ironton Railroad as #8 following its retirement in 1959. It became part of the Red Caboose Motel at Strasburg, Pa. For many years, the motel painted all of their cars red and added a placard with a miscellaneous railroad name. In the 1990s, the motel began painting the cars into representative paint schemes that did not necessarily reflect the true history of the car. In this case, RDG 90723 is decorated for Lehigh Valley.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 90723

RDG 90730-90739 Class NMd, built 1924 by Reading Shops


RDG 92800-92809 Class NMg, built 1930 by Reading Shops


RDG 92810-92829 Class NMh, built 1931-32 by Reading Shops

RDG 92812

Class NMh, Built 6/31, retired 5/67; to Red Caboose Motel 25

The former RDG 92812 is painted in Baltimore and Ohio colors as unit 25 at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92812

RDG 92830-92854 Class NMj, built 1936 by Reading Shops

RDG 92832

Class NMj, Built 3/36, retired 12/75; to Luria Bros., to D.J. Shirey, to RCT&HS

RDG 92832 was restored to its caboose red paint scheme. It resides at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum at Hamburg, Pa.

June 20, 2009, Hamburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92832

RDG 92833

Class NMj, built 3/36, retired 5/67; to Red Caboose Motel 33

The former RDG 92833 is painted in Western Maryland colors as unit 33 at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92833

RDG 92838

Class NMj, built 3/36; to CR 18725 N4

RDG 92838 is viewed in the yard at Reading, Pa.

Reading, PA
Photo credit: Robert Gottschall, Jr., Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92838

BMRG 92844

Class NMj, built 3/36; ex-RDG 92844, to CR 18713 N4, to BMRG 92844, to RBMN 92844

Former RDG 92844 was acquired by the Blue Mountain and Reading Railroad where it was viewed in 1987 south of Temple Station. It has since been relettered for Reading and Northern.

July 1987, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

BMRG 92844

RDG 92850

Class NMj, built 3/36, retired 12/75

RDG 92850 escaped the scrapper's torch. It was retired in 1975 and sold to the scrapper Luria Bros. The heavily vandalized RDG 92850 was acquired by the late D.J. Shirey at Geigertown, Pa. and was part of his "Geigertown Central" collection.

September 1987, Geigertown, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92850

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 21

Class NMj, built 3/36, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Both RDG 92848 and RDG 92852 were retired in April, 1970, and sold to the Red Caboose Motel. It has not been possible to identify which car is which. One is unit 21, painted in Reading green and yellow colors with no number.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 21

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 27

Class NMj, built 3/36, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

The other NMj at the Red Caboose motel is unit 27, painted as Chicago, Burlington and Quincy.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 27

RDG 92855-92879 Class NMk, built 1937 by Reading Shops

RDG 92864

Class NMk, built 6/37, retired 11/75

RDG 92864 was another caboose from the Luria Bros. scrap yard that became a part of the D.J. Shirey collection. Unfortunately, restoration of these cars was not completed by the time of D.J.'s untimely passing.

September 1987, Geigertown, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92864

RDG 92880-92929 Class NMl, built 1941 by Reading Shops

RDG 92885

Class NMl, Built 2/41; to CR 18756 N4, to private owner

RDG 92885 was operated by Conrail as #18756 into the early 1990's, serving in local freight duty in the Reading area. 92885 was subsequently purchased by a private owner who operated it for a short time in freight service on the Reading and Northern Railroad. The car has since been sold again and relocated to Jim Thorpe.

1998, Temple, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92885

RDG 92891

Class NMl, built 2/41; to CR 18750 N4

RDG 92891 has been preserved by a private individual. Its last known location was at New Freedom, Pa. along the former PRR Northern Central Branch.

Location and date unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92897

RDG 92897

Class NMl, built 3/41; to CR 18735 N4

A side view of RDG 92897 in fresh green and yellow paint. It appears as though this car has just emerged from the Reading's modernization program. Note the new windows in the sides and cupola.

Date unknown, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92897

RDG 92909

Class NMl, built 3/41; to CR 18732 N4, to RCT&HS

Part of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum collection, RDG 92909 wears a solid green paint job that it never wore in active service. The only real solid green caboose was RDG 92898, which was stationed at the Locomotive Shop in Reading, Pa. 92898 was actually donated to the fledgling RCT&HS in the 1970s, unfortunately the group at the time lacked the resources to take possession of the caboose and it was later scrapped by Conrail.

June 20, 2009, Leesport, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92909

RDG 92925

Class NMl, built 3/41, retired 3/72; to Red Caboose Motel 44

RDG 92925 is currently unit #44 at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pa. For many years, it served as a demonstration motel unit for visitors to tour and was painted as "Reading 9225". It now sports "Red Caboose Motel" lettering.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92925

RDG 92926

Class NMl, built 3/41; to CR 18748 N4, to private owner

RDG 92926 is presently privately owned and was viewed in Leesport, Pa.

June 20, 2009, Leesport, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92926

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 22

Class NMl, built 1941, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Red Caboose Motel purchased five examples of Class NMl that had been retired in April, 1970. The numbers were RDG 92880 (built 2/41), RDG 92905, RDG 92913, RDG 92919 and RDG 92923 (all built 3/41). Unfortunately, the original number of each particular motel car cannot be determined. This caboose (unit #22) is painted as Central Railroad of New Jersey. This is unusual in that there are a handful of CNJ cars preserved in other locations that have been painted to impersonate Reading Company cars.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 22

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 23

Class NMl, built 1941, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Caboose painted as Maine Central, unit #23, Red Caboose Motel, Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 23

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 24

Class NMl, built 1941, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Caboose painted as Rock Island, unit #24 at Red Caboose Motel, Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 24

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 26

Class NMl, built 1941, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Caboose painted as Chessie System, unit #26 at Red Caboose Motel, Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 26

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 28

Class NMl, built 1941, retired 4/70; to Red Caboose Motel

Caboose painted as Seaboard Coast Line, unit #28 at Red Caboose Motel, Strasburg, Pa.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 28

RDG 92930-92979 Class NMn, built 1942 by Reading Shops

RDG 92936

Class NMn, built 9/42, retired 6/63; to WK&S 92936

Reading built the fifty cars in this class in 1942. They received wood sheathing on the side due to the shortage of steel during World War II. The "STC" marking on this car shows that it was assigned to the yard at St. Clair, Pa.

Location and date unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 92936

Following its retirement in June, 1963, RDG 92936 was acquired by the Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad where it resides to this day. It was restored in the 2000s and received new wood panels on its sides.

July 1988, Kempton, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 92936

RDG 94000-94049 Class NMo, built 1943 by Reading Shops

RDG 94001

Class NMo, built 7/44

RDG 94001 is part of a group of cabooses. The "RU" stenciling in the lower right corner indicates this car was assigned to Rutherford.

Date/location unknown
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 94001

RDG 94038

Class NMo, built 8/44; to CR 18815 N4a

RDG 94038 received round porthole windows on the side and end doors, similar to the Pennsylvania Railroad's N5c cars.

May 17, 1958, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Reading Company Photo, Collection of Josh Musser

RDG 94038

RDG 94050-94074 Class NMp, built 1948 by Reading Shops

RDG 94050

Class NMp, built 4/48; to CR 18848 N4a

Unrestored RDG 94050 is painted red with basic stenciling. It is privately owned at Jim Thorpe, Pa. and was photographed from a passing Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train.

September 15, 2007, Jim Thorpe, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 94050

RDG 94070

Class NMp, built 4/48; to CR 18853 N4a, to Renovo Rail Car 18853, to private owner

RDG 94070 is privately owned at Jim Thorpe, Pa.

September 15, 2007, Jim Thorpe, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 94070

RDG 94074

Class NMp, built 4/48; to CR 18857 N4a, to RCT&HS

RDG 94074 was the last Reading-built caboose. It is part of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum collection.

June 20, 2009, Leesport, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 94074

RED CABOOSE MOTEL 36

Class NMp

This is a former Reading Class NMp car. It is unit 36 at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pa., decorated for Illinois Central. The original Reading number could not be determined.

June 17, 2009, Strasburg, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

Red Caboose Motel 36

RDG 94100-94109 Class NEa, built 1970 by International Car Co.

CR 22130, ex-RDG 94103

Class NEa, built 8/70; to CR 22130 N20

Two views of the former RDG 94103 at the rip track in Reading. This car survived the Conrail era and went to CSX following the split.

May 1997, Reading, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser, Photographer

CR 22130
CR 22130

RDG 94110-94119 Class NEb, built 1971 by International Car Co.

RDG 94116

Class NEb, Built 10/71; to DH 35797, retired 1990, to RCT&HS

RDG 94116 is viewed in service on the Lebanon Valley Branch in West Lawn, Pa.

Date unknown, West Lawn, PA
Photo credit: Collection of Josh Musser


RDG 94116

RDG 94116 was acquired in 1990 from Delaware and Hudson by the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum. It is in primer awaiting repainting to its original green and yellow.

June 20, 2009, Leesport, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 94116

RDG 94117

Class NEb, Built 10/71; to DH 35798, to private owner

RDG 94117 is privately owned at Jim Thorpe, Pa., and has been restored to its original appearance.

September 15, 2007, Jim Thorpe, PA
Photo credit: Josh Musser

RDG 94117