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  Does anyone know what this thing hanging off the axle of an old caboose I came across is?  I will join some railfan groups and ask there (even more user names and p-words) but thought I would ask here.  A kindly IFI member already ruled out the hub of dually caboose. :)  I repaired railcars back in the day but have never seen one.  I have photo of other angles if helpful.   Pure curiosity....


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  I do believe you are right, George, and I appreciate it.  I googled it and found these.  The second photo must be an older version.  Maybe they ran an electric heater to get rid of the old pot belly stove.  




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  You never know what nugget will show up in your pan around here!  Sometimes trivial, sometimes something that expands your horizons and abilties.

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