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I have read the use of a caboose is required so the crew has access to a toilet.. The Richmond Pacific in the East Bay?? And NWP?? very nice to see a caboose added!! My Mom said when I was a little kid I wanted to "go by-by with the guy in the caboose"!! Still do!!
peace 'n stuff

Brad Squires

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Not necessarily a toilet, but they use the caboose as a platform for a crew member to when the locomotive is shoving, or pushing the train. This allows the crewmember a safe place to stand or sit, rather than having to hang dangerously on the grabirons of a freightcar.


Thats why there are plenty of bushes and trees along the NWP.

So it's more of a rider car than a "caboose," a rider car just being a car that the crew uses as a shoving platform or to give a MOW crew a lift, whereas a "caboose" usually has a toilet, bunk, heating of some sort and sometimes a stove for cooking. MRL has some rider cars which were once cabeese, and some which serve as RC platforms for switching locos.

Zachary M. Toler

Thank you, Zachary!! Use of sit-down toilet much prefered!! BAD numbering job!! I must make this a modeling effort!! And check out the Richmond Pacific.. great article in Model Railroader last year!! Blue and white scheme.. saw one from Hwy 80 earlier this year.. nicely weathered!!

go carefully..

Brad Squires

On a side note, Richmond Pacific has moved on from the blue and white scheme, and now uses blue and black. Two of their engines still wear blue and white, but the other three and the caboose have the new scheme.

Most locomotives have toilets, and I'm pretty sure both 1922 and 2009 are so equipped. As others have said, the caboose is used for long shoves, and provides crew members a place to stand rather than hang on grab irons. Photos on this site show crew members inside the car, so it clearly meets FRA requirements to be classified as a caboose, unlike many which have had their windows plated over and doors welded shut because their owners do not want to invest in upgrading them to caboose standards, hence they get classified as "shove platforms".

shove platforms.. indeed.. "new speak"?? The photos I saw showed crew member in the coupla.. BAD job on the numbers!! That will make an interesting modeling effort!!

go carefully

Brad Squires

To Brad S. if you are talking about caboose SP#1971 it has a bay window not a coupla.

I think the # was 971..  and you are right about bay window..  BAD job on the number!!

They cleaned off a heck of a lot of graffitti and put in a lot of work to get it out there. Be grateful for what they have.

The Santa Fe used to call them Waycars.

I have heard that toilets in locomotives are pretty tight, uncomfortable...A caboose seems far more pleasant!


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