In my town, we have two cabooses in regular use. One is used on the local
"turn" which services industries up to 20 miles out of town to the east and
west. Because of the orientation of the siding turnouts, the loco pushes
the train out of town eastbound, and a beat-up old bay window caboose is
used at the front of the train to help provide protection at grade crossings
and to help save long walks for the brakeman. Another caboose is used by
Department of Energy security guards when shipments are made from a nearby
defense plant. Geezer
got to http://www.railpictures.net and enter the search keyword 'caboose'
and select year 2006
or check out
I wouldnt be surprised if there are plenty of cabooses still in transfer
service. Back in 2004 I was watching BNSF pulling cabooses in Seattle...
But then, if you're modeling Rio Grande, would modern practices make a
The major roads pretty quickly phased out cabooses as soon as the rules
were changed to allow that, which was back in the late 80's or early
90's if I remember correctly. I wish I'd had a bunch of spare cash back
then. I always wanted to buy one and use it for a weekend cabin on our
desert property, but never had enough dough. Out in the Barstow/Dagget
area, you can see a lot of those old cabooses all over the place.
Anyway, there may still be some shortlines that use them for one reason
or another, but it's pretty rare.
You're running Lionel and you're worrying about the real world - ok,
Lancaster, Pa, Reading, Pa as well as lots of locals still use
cabooses. I've only seen cabooses on special DOD and Schnabel car runs
on the big trains...
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