Riverwalk Park, Sewickeley, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes
N 40° 32.298 W 080° 11.388
17T E 568612 N 4487821
Quick Description: In a public park overlooking the Ohio river in a suburb of Pittsburgh
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/2/2010 4:50:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM9CTZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 13

Long Description:
Red caboose and locomotive are positioned in a park developed in 2003 in the town of Sewickeley. The doors that access the interior are locked, but inside there are historical photographs, which suggest that there is intention of allowing visitor access on certain days. Public is allowed to climb on caboose and locomotive.

[from the park website]
The H.K. Porter engine and P&LE caboose are from Mr. Fred Okie's former house on Backbone Road in Sewickley. He was President of two railroads, the Union Railroad and the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad. These two railroad cars sat on his front yard until he moved to a retirement home in 1978 and they were shipped to Station Square. The new Station Square owners, Forest City, brought the cars back to Sewickley and to this Park. The Tom Thumb engine was built in 1897 in Pittsburgh by the H. K. Porter Company. It was used for maintenance purposes in the Duquesne Works of the U.S. Steel Corporation. It is a small locomotive suitable for short hauls at low speeds.

The caboose is a "bobber" style caboose.
According to the Dataview Publishing website, the caboose was "built for the P&LE in the late 19th Century, this car was later transferred to the Pittsburgh & Ohio Valley, and then to the Shenango Furnace Company on Neville Island, PA. Retired in 1964, it was displayed for some time at Station Square on Pittsburgh's South Side before being taken to Riverfront Park in Sewickley, PA." This cars were called "bobbers" because they only had two axles, which caused a harsh "bobbing" ride for those inside.
Current Use:
park display

Type Of Caboose: Cupola, "Standard"

Visit Instructions:
Please visit the location of the caboose, brake van, or guard van, provide visit details through photo or narrative.
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