The Caboose

Cabooses used to mark the end of every train, house the conductors, and ensure that the train was running smoothly through surveillance out the top window (or cupola). In the 1980s, railways started using end of train devices, which hang at the back of the last freight car, to check on issues and report to engineers at the front of the train. Cabooses were gradually phased out and transformed into museum attractions, restaurant cars, and even small dwellings!

During the summer, please ask the attendant in the tourist information booth to open the caboose and let you climb aboard! Feel free to sit in the cupola and imagine what it would have been like to inspect the train day and night.

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