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 Post subject: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:48 am 

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Apparently, converting old cabooses into airbnb rentals has become a "thing" of late. Article from Country Living magazine:

https://www.countryliving.com/life/travel/g21100294/airbnb-train-cars/

Not exactly historic preservation, but the cars have been saved, and, from all appearances are well-kept (easy to do if they're making money).

Here's one example, in Joseph, OR:


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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:28 am 
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My wife and I are considering doing this very thing when we get our own property someday. I'm thinking some old logging camp cars or skid shacks would go along nicely as well.

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:43 am 

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Not exactly new. Cabooses have been used as rental units for a long time.

http://www.ironhorseinnbb.com/rooms.html
http://www.rrdiner.com/hobo_inn.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:08 pm 

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My wife and I stayed here back in 1975.

http://www.redcaboosemotel.com/

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:47 pm 

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The article includes a "110 foot long" stainless steel "caboose" in Homer, NY. Very interesting. Anyone have details on what it is/was?

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:57 am 

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The stainless steel caboose is a Budd passenger car.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12056510
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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:56 am 

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robertjohndavis wrote:
The article includes a "110 foot long" stainless steel "caboose" in Homer, NY. Very interesting. Anyone have details on what it is/was?
Non-railroad people often call the last car on any train a "caboose," even if it's an observation or parlor car.

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:44 pm 

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There's also the End of The Line Caboose Motel in Lake Geneva, WI. Never stayed there but I did work the job on the C&NW that shoved all the cabooses (Cabeese?) to rest back in 1981 or 1982. Closest I ever got to making it to Lake Geneva by rail.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:44 pm 

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Al and others,

Any ID on the origins of the Budd car?

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:42 pm 

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Steve DeGaetano wrote:
Non-railroad people often call the last car on any train a "caboose," even if it's an observation or parlor car.
Yes, urg! I was just reading a recent biography of one of our Presidents, the author said that he spoke from the caboose at the rear of the train.

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 pm 

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John T wrote:
Not exactly new. Cabooses have been used as rental units for a long time.

http://www.ironhorseinnbb.com/rooms.html
http://www.rrdiner.com/hobo_inn.html
Here is another one that is located in Northern California. It even has a boxcar honeymoon suite.
Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir, Calif.

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 Post subject: Re: A new trend in "saving" cabooses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:11 pm 

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The Budd coach appears to be a former NYC car, probably one of the 1941 Empire State Express cars. This one has the characteristic 1960s rebuild (into high-capacity commuter cars) window frames. It most likely was retired by Metro-North in the late 1980s.

The Rochester & Genesse Valley group has 4-5 of these in nice shape, for excursion service.

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