Below is the interior of a standard Northern Pacific wooden caboose used from 1908 until the 70s


LEFT:  There is a bed, one of 4 bunks in the caboose.  The metal box on the wall holds emergency flairs and torpedoes, a warning device that makes a loud noise when a train wheel runs over it.  In the event when the train is stalled on the track, torpedoes, flairs and red lamps are posted to warn other trains of impending danger.

RIGHT:   The tank on the wall is potable water for drinking and washing.  Ice was often was dropped into the tank for the comfort of the crew.  Tools and repair parts are stored under the the beds.

Between the kerosene lamps a table folds down for dining or other purposes.


LEFT:   Above the bed is a work-space NOT a bed.  When the train was in motion two brakemen would sit in the cupola and watch for a "hot box" (a bad bearing), misaligned loads, or dragging equipment.

RIGHT:  This is a view of where food and eating utensils were kept.  Below left is an icebox where perishable food was kept.

Beyond the kitchen the door seen here is to the toilet.  Being there is no running water on the caboose, one can only imagine.


LEFT:  This is a fine example of a coal burning stove typical of the era.  The coal box is to the right.


RIGHT:  Looking to the front door the conductors desk is between the stove and the kitchen area.  One can only wonder how the conductor felt when someone was cooking between the stove and the kitchen area.

Rich Leach pretending to be a conductor

Looking into the cupola

Standing on the roof looking toward the front of the caboose