American freight railroads for more than a century usually had two special highlights, the locomotive at the front (and sometimes more in the middle or near the end) and a “little red caboose” at the end.
The caboose was typically referred to as the “office” of the train where the conductor shuffled paperwork getting the train in order between stops. Rather sadly the caboose faded out during the 1980’s, even on the Shawmut.
Most of the P&S R.R.’s cabooses were typical, originally wooden then merging into metal ones. Two in particular stood out as very unusual. Those were formerly boxcars converted into two bay window cabooses, big cabooses! Here’s one at Brookville, not a great photo, will find a better one. The two were numbered 150 and 151.
In this photo on one of the viaducts in the Putneyville area you can see how big they were compared to the SW9’s!
Here’s caboose 163, one of the earlier wooden ones. Note how the white logo, lettering, and number paint have run due to weathering.
We’ll add more caboose photos soon, check back!
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