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January 16, 2010

Wanna Buy a Caboose?
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 12:02 AM * 39 comments

Stopping by the Tilt’n Diner tonight on our way to Arisia, spotted a flyer pinned to the corkboard in the entryway:

Caboose for sale:

Northfield, New Hampshire
Fully contained.

To see, or for more info, call Ron 603 286 4155 or 603 455 2659

There was a nice photo of a caboose in Boston and Maine colors, number C 127. It’s currently located at Northfield, New Hampshire.

Here are photos (not the one that was on the flyer) of C-127.

How often is it, when you get a model of your vehicle, you get a model of your vehicle?

Darned odd things you see on local cork boards.


[UPDATE] Ron gives many more details, and an asking price ($20K), here.
Comments on Wanna Buy a Caboose?:
#1 ::: Christina ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 01:39 AM:

I know someone whose parents have their own caboose. With a fainting couch, yet! Of course, moving one into your backyard can be a little tricky.

(Photos &c. at http://www.spcoast.com/wp668/)

#2 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 01:56 AM:

When I was twelve or fourteen or something, Dad read about someone putting a caboose in his yard for an extra room (he likes strange homes as much as I do and spent years investigating rammed-earth building techniques: I gave him a tree-house book for Christmas). I yearned for that -- had my hopes up for years. I'd been in a caboose one time, so I knew just how cool it would have been.

To dreeeeeam... the impossible dreeeeeam...

#3 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 02:07 AM:

Ron gives more details, and an asking price ($20K), here.

#4 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 02:17 AM:

This brings back fond memories of the times my wife and I stayed at the Caboose Motel, a bit south of Mt Shasta.

#5 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 02:52 AM:

At least it's relatively easy to ship, for something so large. As long as it'll go by rail, that is.

#6 ::: Cadbury Moose ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 06:14 AM:

This moose does _not_ need a caboose.

That is all.

#7 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 07:27 AM:

I'm most intrigued by the way Jim posted this FROM THE FUTURE dun dun duuuuun.

#8 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 07:40 AM:

I'm most intrigued by the way Jim posted this FROM THE FUTURE dun dun duuuuun.

Fix'd.

#9 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 09:47 AM:

Well really, and c'mon, he was going to Arisia....

#10 ::: 'As You Know' Bob ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 10:13 AM:

There's a guy about five miles west of me who's restoring a locomotive in his yard. I should pass the word.....

#11 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 12:44 PM:

That would be cool as a travel trailer. Mount a tire undercarriage, jack it up, haul it off.

#12 ::: Alex R ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 02:04 PM:

Not listed on a cork board, but there are other cool vehicles for sale these days...

Ahh, for a spare $29 million...

#13 ::: Joel Polowin ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 04:20 PM:

In the 1966 Batman movie, Batman calls Vice Admiral Fangschliester at the Pentagon about recently sold submarines.

Fangschliester: Answer affirmative, Batman! We disposed of a war surplus submarine last Friday. A pre-atomic model. To some chap named, uh, "P. N. Guin".

Batman: P. N. Guin?

Robin: The Penguin!

Batman: Did this... "P. N. Guin" leave an address?

Fangschliester: No, just a post office box number. Would you like it?

Batman: No, thank you, Admiral. [gritting his teeth] You've been very helpful.

Fangschliester: Avast and belay, Batman. Your tone sounds rather grim. We haven't done anything foolish, have we?

Batman: [slowly] Disposing of pre-atomic submarines to persons who don't even leave their full addresses?! Good day, Admiral!

[They hang up.]

Fangschliester: Gosh!

#14 ::: Chuk ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 04:48 PM:

My daughter is four and loves trains in general. A local museum has a restored caboose from the 40s -- it's not fully finished yet but it's pretty cool inside.

#15 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 04:51 PM:

The only plots I can think of for which a criminal mastermind would want a caboose are rather far-fetched and possibly steampunk.

#16 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 06:11 PM:

abi @ 15... You mean, someone like this criminal mastermind?

#17 ::: meredith ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 07:04 PM:

Years ago, I knew someone who lived in a caboose in one of the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. He had it very well set up, it was really slick. Not for the claustrophobic, though. :)

#18 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 07:42 PM:

I am ideologically opposed to paying for caboose.

#19 ::: Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 08:11 PM:

My company could buy that caboose for a mere couple months worth of our rent in midtown.

If it's more than about 1400 square feet inside, we could talk, but I suspect the landlord will not be cool about us breaking the lease.

#20 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: January 16, 2010, 08:24 PM:

I googled on CABOOSE INTERIOR and came up with this enticing portfolio. Now, if this was mine, I expect there would be some kind of shelving up above, in the corner of wall and ceiling, in as much of the place as possible, for picture books and sheet music. (Books that were all text would be in digital format, as much as possible -- sheet music too, I daresay.) It's just kind of creepy to see this place with not even a single book sitting on a horizontal surface, but what a swell little joint.

#21 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 02:36 AM:

We have a caboose set up as a museum, since the railroad junction was what caused the city. Kids always love looking at it and turning the wheel inside, and so forth.

#22 ::: Jim Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 01:29 PM:


We have a caboose set up as a museum, since the railroad junction was what caused the city.

Which city would that be?

#23 ::: Elaine ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 04:58 PM:

did anyone else read "The Boxcar Childred"?
That series has always stuck with me...and a caboose...sheer heavenly.

#24 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 08:18 PM:

Jim, #22, Manassas City. It's the junction that went into the Shenandoah Valley that put a city here, then led two battles of the Civil War here, and remade the city afterwards. Here 'tis, that's a reproduction of the original train station behind it -- part of that is a museum and the rest is actually a train station for Amtrak and local commuter rail.

#25 ::: Allan Beatty ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 08:18 PM:

If you're not ready to buy your own caboose, you can try out the experience of sleeping in one at Two Rivers State Recreation Area in Nebraska.

#26 ::: C. Wingate ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2010, 08:47 PM:

A nursery near us has a B&O I-5 caboose. You could also stay at the Red Caboose Motel, which is in Strasburg right near the Strasburg RR and the RR Museum of Pennsylvania and the National Toy Train Museum.

#27 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 01:28 AM:

Drop by the green room on monday and say hi

#28 ::: thanate ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 10:22 AM:

Marilee @ 24 I'm told there's a caboose as mini museum in Vienna, VA as well.

#30 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 10:51 AM:

Well, I learned something today: now I know what a caboose is. It was extremely entertaining trying to work it out from the comments, though.

Comments 6 and 18 were not helpful in this process.

You still see a few repurposed railway carriages in Britain, normally as part of transport cafes - much commoner sixty years ago, when building materials weren't easy to come by.

#31 ::: Paul A. ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 11:50 AM:

abi @ #15:

One of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart novels features a criminal mastermind with a dastardly plot revolving around a railway carriage with cunning, and arguably steampunk, modifications.

I don't think it's actually a caboose, though.

#32 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 12:39 PM:

Paul A @ 31... I don't think it's actually a caboose

A pullman car then?

#33 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 01:37 PM:

Serge #32: Very sexist vehicle that. When I was a boy, and I'd see the carriages marked "Wagons-lit" go by on the tracks near Clapham Junction, I wondered what the unlit ones were for.

#34 ::: Allan Beatty ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 08:37 PM:

Comment 19 might help you work out an extended metaphorical slang use of the term.

#35 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 09:55 PM:

thanate>, #28, so there is!

ajay, #30, the caboose is not a regular car -- it's at the end of the train and the train staff slept in it, taking turns as needed. There aren't cabooses on trains anymore, other than some private ones.

#36 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: January 18, 2010, 10:42 PM:

There's a caboose and an engine at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. That's one of the exhibits I like there, and a perennial one. (Once you get the train into the museum, it's pretty much there permanently.)

#37 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 19, 2010, 01:11 AM:

One of the most interesting museums I've ever been in is the London Transport Museum. I'm pretty sure it's got at least one locomotive inside its walls.

It's a neat place.

#38 ::: Rikibeth ::: (view all by) ::: January 19, 2010, 07:58 PM:

The last restaurant I worked at was built in an old railroad depot, and there was a caboose out back serving as the office. It had as many excellent built-in cupboards and drawers as the pantry in the 1913 apartment I used to live in.

#39 ::: richard barak ::: (view all by) ::: July 22, 2010, 11:52 AM:

For people that want to own a caboose but never could afford one. Check out www.dogpatchandwesternrr.com

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