The recycling business. A multi-billion dollar business. I have been involved with this business in many ways through the years. It’s big business.
While on a run yesterday south of Rochester I came across this old piece of railroad history. The “Pullman” sleeping car.
In rail history, the first sleeping car was built I believe around the 1830s. In 1865 George Pullman started his own firm for building these cars. Hence. “The Pullman” car.
I may add, that at one point all the sleeping cars’ employees were black. The conditions and hours these men went through were rough. They did form their own union.
They were started in the 1800’s. The little red car at the end of the train.
They were originally constructed in a makeshift, cheap way. A small cabin like structure was built on a railroad flat bed car.
Then as railroads progressed, expanded, the Caboose was modified and improved. The Caboose after modification became a custom shelter so to speak for the “conductor” and “brakeman” of the train.
It had a kitchen, sitting area, and bunks. And then with further modifications, it had an upper window built in, so the crew could see forward. I call it a “crowsnest” of a train. This was constructed due to boxcars being much higher and blocking the front of the train to the conductor, brakeman, lookout man.
By the time the 1920’s rolled around, there were 34,000 Cabooses in use on American railroads in the United States. But then like all things, things change with “time” and technology.
A small device which cost only a few thousand dollars could be attached to the last car on the train which could give the engineer all the information he needed to operate the train safely. Hence, the “Caboose” faded.
The Caboose’s life ended during the 1980’s.
This morning while working on an assignment, I saw this old jalopy. I love the old cars and trucks! Things certainly have changed through the years.
These days machines like this are designed much different and are called “excavators“. However, back in the day, these were called “steam shovels“. They were actually powered by steam.
As you can see by the sign, it has gone on the national registry.
I’m always on the move as head of the Rochester C_J_L bureau. And I cover a lot of miles. Yesterday I came across yet “another” old fire truck. This one isn’t anywhere near as old as last weeks that I posted. This is an F_750 if I remember correctly. But I venture to say it’s 30 to 40 years old. I didn’t get chance to get the year.