Up close and personal with a caboose!

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Play-Doh, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Well, being a newbie to the world of trains, I finally got my up close and personal experience with a caboose.

    I was driving through Kelso WA (the same area I model) and out of the corner of my eye I saw a caboose on the side track. I pulled the car into an alley and made my way up to the track.

    And there sat an old Burlington Northern. Sadly my digital wouldnt work (again! :curse: ) but I had my camera phone


    I know its illegal...but...well, I couldnt help myself. I wanted to get on this caboose and at least be able to tell my children I once was aboard. I didnt go in, but I snapped this pic though the window...looks like it was stripped out


    Just thought id share!

  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    I had a similar experience down here in Texas. Was driving through an industrial park checking out the buildings, spurs, and train cars, and there on an abandoned team track(?) set a Santa Fe caboose. I didn't have my camera (doh) but it was interesting to see it. I didn't go on it or anything, just got a good look.

    And then, a few weeks later, I see the caboose actually being used in the industrial yard, and have seen it occasionally on my drive to work. I guess they still use it when switching the yard?
  3. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Play Doh: One of the members of our local Railroad club has two of those BN cabooses on his property here in Polson. He has them all fixed up inside and rents them out for summer cabins.
  4. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    Glad that Play-Doh finally got to "meet" a caboose. May you meet many more.
  5. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Hmm....I smell a summer weekend vacation!
  6. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I guess cabooses were such a common piece of equipment to us "older" folks that we take them for granted. I do occasionally think something is missing when I see a freight with a bare rearend . Won't be long before there are no cabs on the locomotive.
    I forgot to mention the following. There is a local rancher who has a bunch of cabooses in his pasture, in case you want to buy one.
  7. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

    there is a guy about 15 miles from me that has a santa fe caboose in his back yard, looks almost brand new. i dont know the guy, but im going to see if i can take some pic's of it next time im over that way.

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