The caboose became an integral part of the railroad scene in the mid-nineteenth century. The caboose was the train's office, storehouse, shop and home away from home for train crews. In the mid-1920's some 34,000 cabooses roamed U.S. rails. In 1937 the figure had dropped to about 32,000; by 1950, about 25,000; in 1960, just over 18,000; in 1970, about 14,000. In the mid-1980's some 12,000 cabooses were hanging on for dear life, but the handwriting was on the wall. The 1990's brought an almost total wipeout of an institution that had been around for almost 150 years. As of the mid-1990's, there were only a few hundred active cabooses on U.S. rails. How many are there today? The object of this cache is to document a working caboose. (Caboose information taken from 'Enthusiast Color Series: Caboose' by Mike Schafer, 1997)
What you must do to log this cache is find an active caboose on the end of a train. It can not be a model or an amusement park train.
To log your find you must upload a photo of the caboose in service, report the coordinates where the photo was taken, the location (city, state, etc.), the railroad using it and the caboose number.
You must take the photo for this cache - old vacation photos and photos downloaded from the web don't count. You may only log this cache once, and can't log a caboose that's already been logged.
ACTIVE RAILROADS ARE VERY DANGEROUS. OBEY ALL 'NO TRESPASSING' SIGNS AND RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY. PHOTOS AND LOGS POSTED BY OBVIOUS TRESPASSERS WILL BE DELETED. HAVE FUN, BUT BE SAFE!