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    Whether it's a red Lionel caboose circling the family Christmas tree, or one acknowledged by waving children at trackside, the caboose is an American railroading icon. ABOVE: A Union Pacific caboose trails an eastbound coaltrain at Cheyenne, Wyoming, on a dreary night in April 1984. BELOW: On May 31, 1986, a classic Santa Fe caboose No. 999350 follows obediently behind a swift eastbound piggyback train through Dallas City, Illinois. Just as Anguish & Wolfenbarger Ford fell by the wayside, so too did Santa Fe's cabooses. ABOVE: Despite the editorial comment scratched on its side, this Norfolk Southern (former Norfolk & Western) caboose has avoided the dreaded scrapper's torch thus far. On March 28, 1997, the caboose sits patiently as revenue-producing NS rolling stock passes by at Normal, Illinois.
    RailNews - July 1997 - Page 56 RailNews - July 1997 - Page 57

    TOP: Most cabooses today are regulated to local or work train service. On March 10, 1997, a Southern Pacific caboose guides the way as workers pick up tie plates and assorted track materials at Bealville, California. ABOVE: On December 7, 1995, this caboose, tagged on the rear of a westbound Elgin, Joliet & Eastern freight, glows in the low afternoon sun at Crest Hill, Illinois. ABOVE: On August 2, 1980, a Frisco caboose punctuates the end of a freight at Oran, Missouri. Many modern Frisco cabooses such as this extended-vision hack made it to the Burlington Northern merger in 1980. A small number (including at least two bay windows) that were rebuilt by Western Fruit Express in Spokane, Washington, survive on the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe. LEFT: On February 25, 1996, freshly painted Bab**** & Wilcox caboose 79788 trails a flatcar and one locomotive past the weathered former Canadian National depot in Hespeler, Ontario. Bab**** & Wilcox acquired this caboose for supervising personnel to ride during equipment moves.
    RailNews - July 1997 - Page 58 RailNews - July 1997 - Page 59

    MAIN PHOTO: A westbound train laden with new crossties rolls through Crescent, Colorado in July, 1984. This caboose, wearing its original black paint scheme, was built by Ria Grande at its Burnham car shops in Denver, Colorado. The Burnham shops built a fleet of 91 similar cabooses between 1940 and 1959. Mike Danneman photo RIGHT: On May 12, 1978, an Illinois Central Gulf crewman prepares to pick off orders for his southbound freight at Effingham, Illinois. Scott Muskopf FAR RIGHT: A pristine Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific bay window caboose concludes an eastbound transfer run toward Saunders, Wisconsin, as it passes the abandoned Soo line tower at South Superior. Mike Danneman photo.
    RailNews - July 1997 - Page 60 RailNews - July 1997 - Page 61

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    • Original Author Various
    • Source RailNews
    • Publication Date July 1997

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