Sep 27, 2018
...in Virginia City, MT.
Love the patina on this, with the faded paint over the wood!!
Fascinating vehicle, but what was it used for?
Great find Kurt! Looks like maybe an old caboose. It's marked as yard service so maybe it's later years could have been a mobile office or maybe a shoving platform back before that was the trend.
Sad to see it's condition fading. Hope that someone will step up before it is too far gone.
Yeah, hopefully they can restore it like the GN and Milw passenger cars there. I wanna say this was an older transfer caboose, probably from the Twin-Cities area?
I don't know very much about the GN, but I'll agree that this definitely looks like a transfer caboose. Nice find.
Nice! That car certainly is a caboose, specifically X702, one of the transfer type cars built in the 1920s. Don't know if this car ever was built with a cupola or not, but judging by the window spacing, it appears that it once was but was later modified.
I started wondering if such work did occur, when. Then thought of World War II, when other RRs converted box cars, and did other work to fill needs for cabooses.