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    Posted 1 year ago

    fortapache
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    A caboose would make a great tiny house. All this one needs is a shower and it has all the comforts of home plus a copula. The cupola is the area on top where the crew observes the train. Thus this is called a copula caboose. This one is made out of a boxcar and converted into a caboose in 1923. Not sure when it was made originally. It is a wooden car which are quite solid and stays cool in hoit weather and warm in cold weather. But they do tend to splinter in a crash and I think the steel body ones were cheaper to make so most cabooses one sees are steel body. One also almost sees them at museums.
    As I did not mention this earlier it was quarters for the crew. An engineer and fireman could only work so long, plus there were other crewmen in the long ago.
    Aside from the indie of the copula (later versions had nice swivel seats) there is the stove and some seating pictured. There is a bunk above the seats which is tilted up. There is also a desk for the conductor and sink and so on.
    W@rapping it up tomorrow with a 4-10-2 locomotive.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Pretty neat looking caboose!!
    2. Toyrebel Toyrebel, 1 year ago
      Nice caboose. I miss seeing them, they only have the EOT flashing light on the last car now. The last place I worked at in the the early 2000's had old tracks in the back from the old days of being a warehouse. There was a work train that came around regularly pulling up old cross ties, it had a bay window caboose.
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      I have a friend in a little town called Hancock, NH who bought two of these and connected them together and made himself a home. He did it before zoning laws and got away without paying home taxes. Because these have wheels he went to the DMV and registered them as a trailer. In the beginning he also had an out house which he mounted on wheels and a small trailer frame and registered it as a homemade trailer. He was a bit different but nonetheless looked for ways to screw the tax man. That was 30 years ago before small homes became popular.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Thank you very much Scott.

      Thank you very much Toyrebel. Now the trains often have a locomotive or two on the end especially the ones going over the Cajon pass. Not quite as good as a caboose but it will do. When they had caboose trains didn't have graffiti.

      Thank you very much keramikos. A fine selection of caboose songs.

      Thank you very much fhrjr2. Even up here I don't think we could get away with that. But maybe I could just call it a shed.

    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Fhrjhr2,
      Sounds to me your friend was a very smart and ingenious man...

    6. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
      Ms.Crystalship yes he does.

      Thank you very much WesternPAQ-Collector. Yes perhaps more than a typical motorhome. Seems to me much more space for walking.

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