Cabooses have always been my favorite type of train car. I stumbled on this one yesterday while visiting a historic train depot in Ashland, NH. I get the sense that it is becoming a permenent fixture as part of the depot’s museum. Here are some of the details that I could capture.
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum also restored this caboose for visitors to tour. As a boy, the caboose was my favorite car in my toy train set. Placed at the end of the train, it was a shelter for the train crew; and from the cupola on top, they could keep watch to make sure there were no problems with the cars. This shows not only the exterior of the caboose but also the interior quarters and the view from the cupola.
They also had an old hand operated pump car used by maintenance crews to reach sections of tracks. These are often seen in movies (Oh Brother Where Art Though) and Warner Brothers cartoons, but this is the first time I’ve seen one in real life, let alone had an opportunity to try it out. Photo credit to my wife for that image.