I Miss That Caboose

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

B&O Caboose Ohio Village Columbus Ohio

There you are in the car.  You come upon the railroad crossing.  The lights come on, and the gates go down.  You here the horn.  The locomotives come, and then many train cars roll by.  Then, there it is.  You see the caboose.  The train is now gone.

C&O 90219 Caboose Clifton Forge Virginia

For over a hundred years the caboose was at the end of the train signaling that the train had gone by.  While the locomotives pulled the train, the caboose was at the end.  Because the trains were long, the engineers in the locomotives could not see the end of the trains.  Men in the caboose were there just in case something went wrong they could radio the engineer and vice versa.  With new technologies, the caboose became obsolete, and they were removed from the end of the train.

C&O Caboose Rainelle West Virginia

What happened to the cabooses?  Some were sent to museums.  Some were sent to…

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