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I miss the caboose
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Mark / Kansas    Posted 12-04-2004 at 16:40:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Am I the only one? If I owned a railroad,ther'd sure be a caboose on the end of every train,the way it was intended.That stupid blinking red light on the last flatcar loaded with Chinese import cr@p just aint doing it for me.Oh well.Progress.


toolman    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:42:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
same up here they replaced them with that light a few years ago, you can buy them from the railways, i would like to get a set of tracks set up in the back yard and put one out there, but i think the cost of hauling one in now would be pretty high.


RN    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:34:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Brother help haul one a few years back- trailer was used for Cats and combines normaly. Backed up on tracks, set up ramps, caboose wheels got a rubber sleeve, caboose winched onto trailer and chained down for delivery to tourist information/park area. Unloaded with tractor pulling off back while winch cable restrained rolloff. Said easier than loading disabled cat or combine. Check implement dealer or construction outfit for possible trailer available.


Donna from Mo    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:00:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to dream of having a caboose in my back yard for an "office" or clubhouse. I remember as a very small child, I'd watch for the caboose, knowing that was the end of the train.


mark/mn    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:15:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
When the local would service the elevator
behind our house we'd sit at the edge of the
yard and wait for the caboose. The conductor
would trow us candy as they rolled by on the
way out.


midway    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:09:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Miss the caboose's, but miss the old steam locamotives more. My father was a steam engine engineer, drove one for the Chicago and Alton line back in the 30's, my brother and I would sneak rides with him.


mark/mn    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I kind of like the diesels, they're a bit more
comfy


Mark / Kansas    Posted 12-04-2004 at 17:29:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
You were lucky.The only oportunity I have had(and took)was a round trip ride on the narrow gauge steam train from Durango to Silverton, Colorado and back.It was superb.


deadcarp    Posted 12-04-2004 at 18:45:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
way back they had a narrow-guage train that ran borax from the desert past lancaster to l.a. well on the way out they'd lug down pretty slow at the top of the pass and up to 20 people would toss grub boxes from the bins and hop from the train. they's just hitched 30 miles from the farmers market, now it was only couple more home. the old fella that we bought our baker canyon place from - he & his brother used to hitch on that train.:)


Clod    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:01:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
They used to stop in our town when we was in school. The conductor got out and went to buy something every time.So we hid in the weeds untill he was gone and went into the caboose to look things over.There was a big pot belly stove in it and coffee,and one often had Camel cigs laying out.We drank a cup of coffee and got one of his cigs before he came back.


LOL !!    Posted 12-04-2004 at 19:44:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably off buying adult beverage


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