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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Some of you seemed interested in our caboose so here are a few pictures. We bougt it in the mid 1970's from CNR. We used it for a studio at that time but since then all the kids have taken turns using it as a bedroom while they were in high school and later several of them stayed in their with their own kids while they were living back at our house temporarily. Now the grandchildren love to sleep out there when they visit. It was uesd as a pottery studio last summer so it needed a lot of cleaning. It also tends to be a bit of a storage area for family members who are moving. Train lovers don't necessarily love the paint job.





The first photo is the path leading to the caboose through the wildflower garden. You can just make out the caboose at the end of the path.



Next picture is of the outside,which, I am afraid, is badly in need of a paint job. First, though some boards need to be replaced and they will probably have to be specially cut to fit. Hence the delay in painting.





Then you can see the main part looking toward what would be the back end of the train.








Then there is a picture of the seats that are up in the cupola. The interesting thing about them is that the back can swing from one side to the other depending on which way you want to face. We installed a drawing board on the one in the photo.

8 comments:

quiltpixie said...

I'm green with envy. What a lovely space to have for so many functions...

ForestJane said...

Reminds me of the book series, The Boxcar Children. :) But the cupola on the caboose makes it even neater!

anne bebbington said...

Brilliant - what a wonderful way to recycle something - I will have to show DH - he will just love it even though we can't fit one in our garden :o(

Tazzie said...

The caboose is just fascinating, it must be such an adventure for the kids when they visit. Thank you so much for sharing.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

The Calico Cat said...

COOL!

Finn said...

I love that you have a caboose!! Any railroad car to call my own was a childhood dream. In my old home town some folks had bought a dining car with all those windows, and turned it into their home...*VBS* It fascinated me as a child, and last time I was in Chippewa Falls, it was still there..almost 60 years later..amazing!! What a grand thing to be able to do.

Darcie said...

Well I love the paint job, Joyce! What an awesome space for your grandkids! Their friends must be so jealous!

Lily said...

Please tell me you're going to paint it red! Don't all cabooses have to be red? LOL some small memory from my childhood has just reappeared!