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Love this photograph by Jack Delano, from 1943. Before seeing this, I didn't realize that I hadn't really seen the interior of a caboose before. Looks quite cozy, though I suspect it was much more uncomfortable than it appears.

January 23, 2011 in Photography | Permalink


Jack Delano FTW! He was a terrific photographer. There are many of his photos in the Library of Congress photostream.

Posted by: Michael L. at Jan 23, 2011 1:12:35 PM

I was never really sure what the caboose was used for. They're not found on trains any longer.

Posted by: Paul at Jan 24, 2011 5:39:23 AM

It was basically the office of a train, plus quarters for the crew. But due to technology improvements and cost-cutting efforts, the railroads have eliminated them almost completely during the past few decades. I was surprised to see one in Joliet recently, tacked to the end of a freight train.

Posted by: Pete at Jan 24, 2011 1:55:14 PM