Frisco #1701 ~ Columbus, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 10.210 W 094° 50.315
15S E 336767 N 4115332
Quick Description: This caboose is unique in that is it one of 13 converted train cars to caboose.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 9/27/2010 8:02:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM9T00
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 5

Long Description:

Caboose Built June 1975
County of Display: Cherokee County
Location of Display: S. Tennessee Ave., museum lawn, Columbus

Web with interesting infor: Wye & Caboose

Text of Marker about Wye on Caboose:
Unique railroading history is on display before you. A three-way interlocking railway crossing.

The crossing, formerly located in the northern part of Columbus, was donated to the City of Columbus by the Burlington Northern Railroad. At the time, the switch was constructed, it was one of the three built; one in Hamburg, Germany, destroyed during the war, and one in Pennsylvania which was removed within a short time. The crossing before you is the only one remaining.

The Columbus Wye, as the crossing was called, was well known by those familiar with the railway system. It was listed in every railroad exchange in the United States, showing which rail was used to reach the proper destination.

When the crossing was installed, it had 90 lb rail. When diesel engines came on the scene in 1958 it was changed to 115 lb rail to handle the additional weight. The original crossing held up until 1968 when it was replaced with an exact replica, and was in use until 1981 when it was replaced with a two-way crossing.

Current Use:
Display on lawn of local history museum


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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