This gallery of photos taken during the Conrail era is broken down by caboose class.
The caboose era started coming to a close on May 1st 1984, when TV-11 operated with a FRED. The full crew rode in the locomotives.
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Conrail inherited these classes of "Northeast Standard" cabooses from the Reading. The N4s were assigned CR 18705-63 (ex-RDG 92834-92928 built in 3 groups in 1936, 37, and 41).Class N4A was assigned CR 18800-57 (ex-RDG 94002-74, built in 1944 and 1948).
The N5 series cabooses were inherited from the Penn Central (and they got them from the Pennsylvania). The PRR's N5C was an iconic caboose, easily identified by its streamlined cuploa and porthole windows. The other N5 cars were more conventional looking, but were also still serving through the end of the caboose era on Conrail.
Conrail's N8 cabooses came from the Penn Central, who had inherited them from the Pennsylvania. The N8 looks very much like a stretched N5C with the distinctive streamlined cuploa. There are three easy spotting features to tell the two apart. The N8 has longer end platforms with "shields", square side windows and a smaller cupola than the N5C.