My View from the Caboose

My View from the Caboose

Railroad preservation, restoration and history - and more!
Welcome
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....

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.
C&S 8027 Part IV
It’s a boxcar again - now what? Why, move it to Kansas, of course. By late 2010, C&S 8027 was looking pretty good. While there...
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C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration
By the summer of 2008, I had made the decision to start restoring C&S 8027. One of the earliest decisions to be made in the...
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Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II
A Decision As noted in my last post, early March 2005 found me the proud owner of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8027 and...
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Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027
Part I – The Beginning Welcome to my latest restoration project - finishing out a narrow gauge boxcar that I have had for almost 15...
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Finally a use for some of the Atchison Street Railway rail
Back in August 2017, I managed to acquire some rail from the car barn of the Atchison Street Railway (See “A bit of Atchison railroad...
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C&S 8027 Part IV
It’s a boxcar again - now what? Why, move it to Kansas, of course. By late 2010, C&S 8027 was looking pretty good. While there...
Read More "C&S 8027 Part IV"
C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration
By the summer of 2008, I had made the decision to start restoring C&S 8027. One of the earliest decisions to be made in the...
Read More "C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration"
Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II
A Decision As noted in my last post, early March 2005 found me the proud owner of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8027 and...
Read More "Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II"
Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027
Part I – The Beginning Welcome to my latest restoration project - finishing out a narrow gauge boxcar that I have had for almost 15...
Read More "Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027"
Finally a use for some of the Atchison Street Railway rail
Back in August 2017, I managed to acquire some rail from the car barn of the Atchison Street Railway (See “A bit of Atchison railroad...
Read More "Finally a use for some of the Atchison Street Railway rail"
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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C&S 8027 Part IV

It’s a boxcar again – now what? Why, move it to Kansas, of course. By late 2010, C&S 8027 was looking pretty good. While there was still a lot to do, it at least looked like a boxcar again, and a fairly complete one at that. That said, the question …

C&S 8027 Part III – Restoration

By the summer of 2008, I had made the decision to start restoring C&S 8027. One of the earliest decisions to be made in the restoration was to settle on what era the car would be restored to as it had sported several different appearances and at least three different …

Colorado & Southern 8027 Part II

A Decision As noted in my last post, early March 2005 found me the proud owner of Colorado & Southern narrow gauge boxcar 8027 and very little in the way of ideas as to what to do with it. Step one was to move the car to a more secure …

Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge Boxcar 8027

Part I – The Beginning Welcome to my latest restoration project – finishing out a narrow gauge boxcar that I have had for almost 15 years and getting it ready to go back home to Colorado. By this summer, Colorado & Southern boxcar No. 8027 should be in Como, Colorado …