Red Caboose

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.


28 thoughts on “Red Caboose

  1. عابرةسبيل

    Good moorning Chris
    Greetings to your wife for the nice images
    The word capoose in American accent means train isnt it?
    It is very nice from outside and inside

      1. milfordstreet Post author

        Good question. It is open but the building and caboose are locked when it is not open. Also, the trolley and pump cart get locked in buildings at night. But in future days, I’ll show you other train cars that you could see if you just walked onto the property when it is closed. Cheers =)

      2. Himali Shah

        Oh that’s cool! I am learning about this style of a museum for the first time Chris. My general idea of a museum was that it has to be confined in 4 walls and a locked gate !! This is really interesting 🙂

      3. milfordstreet Post author

        Oh, I am glad. There are many outside “living history” museums around here. Some are behind fences but others are more accessible. I am glad you enjoyed this. Cheers 😃

  2. inesephoto

    Great post and a good idea for me to write about our steam engine train. I have never been inside a caboose, but I love everything related to railway.


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