My View from the Caboose

My View from the Caboose

Railroad preservation, restoration and history - and more!
Welcome
Welcome to my blog. I've always been interested in trains, but it wasn't until 1999 that I got St. Joseph and Grand Island Caboose 48. I had worked on restoration projects for city governments and...

Welcome

A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.
A freshly painted D&RGW 3148, Bendena, Kansas. August 15, 2015.

Welcome to my blog. I’ve always been interested in trains, but it wasn’t until 1999 that I got St. Joseph and Grand Island Caboose 48. I had worked on restoration projects for city governments and private individuals, but this car was the first car I owned. Over the years, as I got involved in more projects professionally, I ended up with the cars I have now. It’s a little difficult to keep railroad cars on your property along the Front Range of Colorado, which is one of the reasons I moved with my family to VERY rural Northeast Kansas. People ask all the time what I use the railroad cars for (a museum? a restaurant? what?) but they are just my hobby. Now I combat the elements to keep the railroad cars in good shape. I started this blog to share the progress I’m making, and to share some articles and stories I find interesting.

Along with the railroad cars, I also started the restoration of a 1923 Model T.

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Above (or at the end of this page, depending on what device you’re using to view this), you’ll see links to the different sections of this blog. Who knows what else might show up here.

The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.
The north side of the depot, July 2016. This is the same side as seen in the 2012 view in its original location. The brick walkway in front was made from bricks salvaged from the depot’s original foundation.
Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297
By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most...
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Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive
For over 60 years, former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive No. 1015 has been on display in Emporia, Kansas’s Fremont Park. No. 1015...
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The boxcars of Emporia
Once the most common cars on any railroad, the standard boxcar was also once a very common sight on farms and businesses throughout the country....
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A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east...
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A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in...
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Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
The first step in actually working on the car was to replace the four worst wall panels. The side walls are constructed of 4’ wide...
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Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297
By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most...
Read More "Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297"
Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive
For over 60 years, former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive No. 1015 has been on display in Emporia, Kansas’s Fremont Park. No. 1015...
Read More "Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive"
The boxcars of Emporia
Once the most common cars on any railroad, the standard boxcar was also once a very common sight on farms and businesses throughout the country....
Read More "The boxcars of Emporia"
A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved
Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east...
Read More "A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved"
A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar
Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in...
Read More "A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar"
Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls.
The first step in actually working on the car was to replace the four worst wall panels. The side walls are constructed of 4’ wide...
Read More "Starting work on Atchison’s Army Boxcar – fixing the walls."
A restoration plan for Atchison’s Army boxcar
After assessing the car’s overall condition, the next step was to develop some sort of plan for the restoration work. The roof is probably the...
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Atchison’s Army Boxcar – The starting point
Mechanically speaking, Atchison’s Army Boxcar is in excellent condition. It saw very little use so there is little wear to the wheels or couplers. Even...
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Repairing the wreck damage on West Side Lumber 297

By the summer of 2013, the time had come to begin work on #297. The first order of business was to deal with the most pressing issues – strengthen the right side and intermediate sills and get the car sitting correctly on its “A” end truck. The car was pulled …

Santa Fe 1015 – Emporia’s Steam Locomotive

For over 60 years, former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe steam locomotive No. 1015 has been on display in Emporia, Kansas’s Fremont Park. No. 1015 is displayed parallel to and just a hundred or so feet away from the still-busy Santa Fe (now BNSF) transcontinental Chicago-to-Los Angeles mainline. No. 1015 …

The boxcars of Emporia

Once the most common cars on any railroad, the standard boxcar was also once a very common sight on farms and businesses throughout the country. The bodies of retired cars, especially wooden ones, found ready homes as sheds or outbuildings once their days on the railroad were done. Today, as …

A bit of Atchison Railroad history saved

Like many cities and towns of its size, Atchison, Kansas was once home to s street railway system. Based from their carbarn, located just east of the northeast corner of 10th and Main Streets, the electric power street cars plied the streets of Atchison for many years in the first …

A new floor for Atchison’s Army boxcar

Astute readers will notice that there has been quite a delay in installments on the Army Boxcar project. Thankfully, the delay has only been in my writing about it, not the actual work on the car. The car has been done for several months now. Anyway, continuing with the story …