Gateway to Northwestern Ontario Digital Collections
Caboose
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became his home away from home, and was often decorated to suit his personal tastes. The caboose would have been equipped with a pot-bellied stove, ice box, and three beds which would have been used by the conductors and trainmen. There were no washroom facilities. The conductor also used the caboose for paperwork and administrative duties. Originally the caboose were made of wood, something that did not change until the 1970s. Newer cabooses were equipped with a washroom, storage space, water tank and purifier, hotplate, refrigerator, warming oven and a pull-out couch for napping.

Subject(s)
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 48.71664 Longitude: -94.56711
Copyright Statement
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Contact
Rainy River Public Library
Email:libraryrr@gmail.com
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

334 4th St.

PO Box 308

Rainy River, ON

P0W 1L0

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Caboose


Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became his home away from home, and was often decorated to suit his personal tastes. The caboose would have been equipped with a pot-bellied stove, ice box, and three beds which would have been used by the conductors and trainmen. There were no washroom facilities. The conductor also used the caboose for paperwork and administrative duties. Originally the caboose were made of wood, something that did not change until the 1970s. Newer cabooses were equipped with a washroom, storage space, water tank and purifier, hotplate, refrigerator, warming oven and a pull-out couch for napping.