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.
30 years with a YZ490 Part II – Into the basement
I first saw the 490 in September of 1989 when I stopped by Loveland Yamaha, in Loveland, Colorado, to have the rear shock on my...
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30 years with a YZ 490
Part I – Meet the Junkheap For much of the past 30 years, I have been the proud owner of a 1986 Yamaha YZ 490,...
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Merry Christmas 2019; a look at early 20th Century Christmas postcards
The early 20th Century was the golden age of postcards in the United States. The colorful cards were an inexpensive way to send greetings to friends...
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A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646
D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of...
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A Tale of Two Gondolas Part IV; the Life & Times of D&RGW 768
Denver & Rio Grande Western drop bottom gondola No. 768 was built in 1904 by American Car & Foundry as part of a group of...
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30 years with a YZ490 Part II – Into the basement
I first saw the 490 in September of 1989 when I stopped by Loveland Yamaha, in Loveland, Colorado, to have the rear shock on my...
Read More "30 years with a YZ490 Part II – Into the basement"
30 years with a YZ 490
Part I – Meet the Junkheap For much of the past 30 years, I have been the proud owner of a 1986 Yamaha YZ 490,...
Read More "30 years with a YZ 490"
Merry Christmas 2019; a look at early 20th Century Christmas postcards
The early 20th Century was the golden age of postcards in the United States. The colorful cards were an inexpensive way to send greetings to friends...
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A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646
D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of...
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A Tale of Two Gondolas Part IV; the Life & Times of D&RGW 768
Denver & Rio Grande Western drop bottom gondola No. 768 was built in 1904 by American Car & Foundry as part of a group of...
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A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part III; The cars arrive. Now what?!?!
The two cars were moved to Como on July 26 and 27, and I got my first good look at them on August 2 when...
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A tale of two gondolas Part II – Pick a car, any car. Just not that car…
By early July, planning for moving the cars from Florence was underway and everything was going along well. Then I got a call from the...
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A tale of Two Gondolas Part VI; A new home for D&RGW 1646, and a third gondola joins the fray

Long time readers of this blog may remember back in Part III of this saga when I decided that the thing to do with D&RGW High Side Gondola 1646 was to store it in Como until I decided what to do with it. As it turned out, less than a …

30 years with a YZ490 Part II – Into the basement

I first saw the 490 in September of 1989 when I stopped by Loveland Yamaha, in Loveland, Colorado, to have the rear shock on my 1987 YZ 125 serviced. Like many motorcycle shops at the time, the used bikes were displayed outside the front of the store and I noticed …

30 years with a YZ 490

Part I – Meet the Junkheap For much of the past 30 years, I have been the proud owner of a 1986 Yamaha YZ 490, a fine (if somewhat antiquated even when new) specimen of a two-stroke motocross racing motorcycle (a dirt bike). I first got the 490 in December …

Merry Christmas 2019; a look at early 20th Century Christmas postcards

The early 20th Century was the golden age of postcards in the United States. The colorful cards were an inexpensive way to send greetings to friends near and far. As you might imagine, Christmas was a popular theme for postcards, and many a wish for a Merry Christmas was sent via …

A Tale of Two Gondolas, Part V; The Life & Times of D&RGW 1646

D&RGW 1646 was built in December of 1903 by American Car & Foundry of St. Louis, Missouri. No. 1646 was right about the middle of a group of 400 gondolas, numbered 1500 to 1899 built for the Rio Grande between November 1903 and January 1904. No. 1646 cost the railroad …