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.
Like all things with “time”, they change. You name it, generally they change. Cars,trucks,tractors,computers,washers,dryers,etc..
This week while on assignment, I spotted an old old baby carriage. It was posted to C_J_L. Then while doing other work, I came across a few other baby carriages that were part of past stories I did. I noticed a change and wanted to share it.
While on a run yesterday I remembered this bridge. I have been meaning to shoot a picture of it but the timing wasn’t right. But yesterday it was. This is on Route 39 in Avon, New York. It has held its age quite well. I enjoy seeing old bridges, especially the old iron ones.
Flowers to me always add a beauty and joy where ever they are seen. I may add, this flower is at our entrance here at the Rochester C_J_L bureau. Have a great day!
As I’m sure many of you have heard, here in Rochester and surrounding areas, we have been having some severe flooding problems. Homes, property and peoples personal belongings have been lost.
Picture 1: A farmers field underwater.
Picture 2: A tree trunk washed up on Lake Ontairio’s shore and buried itself.
I was on a run the other day near the University of Geneseo. When turning into the job site, I came across this. This is definitely unique art work.