Do you remember a caboose at the end of a train?

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Do you remember a caboose at the end of a train?

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:41 pm

Here is a restored caboose we have at the C&O Historical Society where I'm a member.





The location is Clifton Forge Virginia.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:00 pm

Yes, I remember them well.................
"Little red caboose. Chug, chug, chug."

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Post by jerryhawthorne on Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:08 pm

One of the most attractive cars on early trains. I love them. As I recall, as time advanced and they were no longer need, the RR union kept them on. A bit like the people that shoveled coal into the the steam engines after they had gone diesel. A lot of history there. Thanks for the picture.
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Post by 35Z5 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:34 pm

MEZLAW wrote:Here is a restored caboose we have at the C&O Historical Society where I'm a member.  





The location is Clifton Forge Virginia.

I've been there(past Nov in fact)... Watched some kids ride the mini, wife bought a book for her brother and some other goodies... Her dad & brother are both retired from the Norfolk-Portsmouth Belt Line RR(noe owned by NS)...

http://npblrr.com/gallery.html


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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:36 pm

You should try to make it to "Magic In The Mountains."  It's usually the 1st Saturday in May.  Thanks for your support!  Very Happy 

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Post by 35Z5 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:55 pm

And yer Welcome...

We have a bit of history still in operation by the Commonwealth RRWY over in Portsmouth...

One of the three AT&SF F7 Yellow Bonnets is still operating as a yard engine... It was converted from a over the road engine by AT&SF in '74 to the present CF7 configuration... Pict at bottom of article while cut apart is same engine...

http://www.atsfrr.com/resources/BackRalph/Yellow.pdf

More recent pict, scroll down for present orange & yellow paint scheme... Number has been shortened to 517 from 2517 when AT&SF owned it...

http://rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=19448
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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:00 am

I love the orange & yellow paint scheme!  Very Happy 

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:19 am

Being from a popular train town I remember cabooses, but just barely. You would think there would be some restored ones around here but there isnt AFAIK. We only have 2 restored Locomotives on display. One does have some cars attached but i do not think there is a caboose. Now I think I will make a trip to the park where the locomotive with cars is on display when it stays warm enough..
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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:24 am

I've been to Lima and I installed the phone system in your Wingate hotel when it was new. Lima built most of the the C&O's steam engines.

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Post by 35Z5 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:29 am

And a pict of fresh ATSF 2517 dragging a rough looking 'boose in it's line up...

http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2071765
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Post by 75X11 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:46 am

My home town had a Pennsylvania RR line crossing the east side of town, and a New York Central line a mile east of that, both running north and south. I used to watch all the different railroads' cars go by and remember the C&O cars well, calling them the cheapsake and ohio as a young child would. The town was founded by a representative of the P.R.R. . I got to ride a NYC passenger train to Indianapolis and back when I was in the Cub Scouts in 1964. I would always wave for all I was worth to the brakemen in the caboose. They must've had sore arms waving at all the little ones wanting a wave from them.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:07 am

Neat, guys. Thanks. I've never been lucky enough to ride a train. Sounds like a lot of fun....................
Wish I could find a replacement for the American Flyer train I had as a kid................

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:22 pm

The Monon railroad used to have a water tower on the back of my grandpa's farm when I was a little kid. The guy on the caboose, Mr. Carver, would give me a nickel for shoveling coal into the pot-belly stove in the caboose. That caboose was the warmest place on earth on a cold winter day. He smoked a pipe with cherry tobacco. He would have a coffee pot on the stove. I can still smell the inside of that old caboose. The Monon Railroad ran steam engines until the early 1960's.

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Post by Guest on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:32 pm

Now that's a great memory. I can smell that stove and cherry tobacco now.  Very Happy 

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:34 pm

It smelled kinda like the back room of a barber shop on a cold, snowy Saturday.

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