Volume 4, No. 1 - August, 2001
Maintained and Edited by Bill White
and Kathy House


Caboose 0400

All of the photographs in this issue were taken by me in July, 2001. The caboose is currently located in Silver Plume on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The caboose is not normally open to the public, but through prior arrangement, Will Cheshire and I were allowed access to photograph and measure the inside. The interior layout of the caboose is very complicated with no wasted space. Drawings and photos really don't do it justice.

Left: Overall picture looking toward the "A" end. The metal surround for the stove is visible on the right, while the sink and desk are out of the picture on the left.

Right: Overall picture looking toward the "B" end. The interior is painted a sort of institutional green while all of the hardware is black. The vertical black rod on the left is the brake air line.

Left: This is the "B" end door. Historical pictures indicate the window may have originally had four panes instead ot two.

Right: This view shows the sink, cabinet, and desk. I believe the water tank was above the sink where the holes are now. The top of the desk is hinged to swing up revealing more storage space, much like a school desk.

Left: Close-up of the stove; note double thickness in the sheet metal surround. The silver metal box in the corner under the outside stove pipe is part of the water tank that was over the sink. Normally coal for the stove would be stored in a coal bucket here.

Right: This is the stove pipe as it goes to through the roof.

Left: The desk showing the lantern bracket on the wall and the writing surface, which is covered with the same vinyl- type material as the seats. The stool is permanently attached to the floor and does not fold against the wall

Right: Close-up of the lockers, with new doors, which are under the left side of the cupola. Also note the cabinets under the cupola seats.

Left: This is the bed under the right side of the cupola. Notice the many cabinets and the steps leading to the top of the cupola. The red object on the bed is one of the outside cupola window shades.

Right: Close up of a cupola seat and windows. Notice that the side windows open toward the middle of the cupola. The metal bars that cover many of the windows appear to be a late addition.

This is the "A" end of the cupola, showing the grab iron on the bulkhead and the brake airline pipes. Note the pressure gauge and the valves used to release air and set the brakes in an emergency. After the valves, the airlines continue up and then vent to the outside of the cupola.
Close-up view of one of the cabinets located under the cupola seats. The construction is typical of all of the woodwork inside the caboose. I don't believe there is a cubic inch of space inside the caboose that isn't utilized in some way.

Left: The left side bench/bed combination. The top of this bench or bed, depending on the time of day, lifts up to reveal more storage space.

Right: Close-up of one of the lower windows. These windows open by sliding up into the wall. Until examining this caboose, I was unaware that any of the windows opened. Now it appears they all do, with the exception of the end windows in the cupola.

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