End of the line for Northern Pacific caboose 1107

At an auction in Valley Falls, Kansas a few weeks ago I came across this original 8×10 photo showing the aftermath of a disastrous wreck in the Northern Pacific railroad’s yards in Dickinson, North Dakota. According to notes on the photo, the wreck occurred on November 21, 1930 while “making …

D&RGW 04953

  Denver & Rio Grande Western outfit car 04953 began life around 1898 as a 30’ long 20-ton capacity boxcar, numbered 4953. The D&RG rostered 400 such cars, collectively known as the “4000 series boxcars”, and for a few years they formed the backbone of the railroad’s narrow gauge boxcar …

Paper Trail

Like many jobs, that of a railroad conductor generates more than its fair share of paper work. Years ago, cabooses were rolling offices for the conductor and the place where much of that paper work was done. As is the case with any office, over the years bits and pieces …