The Forgotten Caboose

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© Robert Larrazolo
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UploadedFebruary 1, 2014
TakenSeptember 27, 2009
Exposure1/400 sec at f/4.7
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length16.9 mm
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The mundane Caboose,old abandoned and rusting out relic.Obsolete Santa Fe RR Caboose.( Was original painted a bright red.)
Remember the train conductor and brakeman's "Caboose" at the rear end of freight trains?
The very small and compact automatic electronic ETD : End of Train Devise system replaced the Caboose and eliminated it's crew and others by the 1970's.The Caboose was a part of American Railroads for over 120 years.

In the story Caboose.

30 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    RAD, gritty n' cool!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (1 Feb 2014):

    How cool ! (:

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    There used to be an engineer and fireman on the head end and a conductor and brekman on the rear of the train. A lot of jobs have gone by the wayside.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Beautiful shot, this has character! Well seen and captured!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (2 Feb 2014):


  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (2 Feb 2014):

    cool shot.

  • Sharon Sikes

    Sharon Sikes gave props (4 Feb 2014):

    Great find, I still get annoyed when a train goes by with no caboose!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (4 Feb 2014):

    I agree with Sharon! I miss them!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (5 Feb 2014):

    a cool capture!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (5 Feb 2014):

    This one would make a nice conversion in B&W

  • Howard Tenke

    Howard Tenke said (13 Feb 2014):

    Fantastic image and as Bruce said it would make a nice conversion to B&W I would even go one step further to sepia it and give it a more timeless look.

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (13 Feb 2014):

    Howard, I also took photos of the Caboose in B&W and sepia,will post later.Thanks for your comments.

  • Dennis Burlingham

    Dennis Burlingham said (17 Feb 2014):

    My dad worked for the B&O for almost 50 years. While he was there , the workers were a family with great camaraderie. I worked for the signal department for a couple years putting in Centralized Traffic Control. That marked an end to many of the old jobs on the railroads. Tower operators were eliminated and replaced by electronics. The fireman, the conductor, the caboose, and brakeman were no longer needed. That was the end of the great era of the railroad. Government priorities shifted to the Interstate highways. And now we have come full circle. We desperately need the railroads to step up again both for commuters and freight.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    I loved seeing the caboose at the end of trains, I to miss seeing them when a train passes!

  • Claudette Emerson

    Claudette Emerson   gave props (22 Feb 2014):

    Great shot, nicely framed and wonderful detail. Sad they no longer are in use.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (22 Mar 2014):

    Obsolete is running in triple time these days. I always wondered what happened to cabooses. This, apparently. Thanks for the info.

  • Eric Ianuzi

    Eric Ianuzi (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    nice image

  • Camille Coffman

    Camille Coffman said (30 May 2014):

    I love trains. Nice!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (22 Jun 2014):

    Awesome !

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Jul 2014):

    Perfect for the theme!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Jul 2014):

    Beautiful capture and a great entry!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (23 Jul 2014):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Jul 2014):

    I'm down with this FantastiquEntry!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (24 Jul 2014):

    lovely shot!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (9 Aug 2014):

    Made a great entry!

  • Scott Emery

    Scott Emery gave props (27 Sep 2014):

    Trains are a wonderful subject, but sometimes hard to frame in an interesting way. You did it here...nice POV.

  • Kelley

    Kelley gave props (2 Jun 2016):

    Love it!

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (8 Feb 2018):

    Great find with good use of colors and a wonderful narrative. Perfect for the Broken Down Photo Challenge.

  • Wes Schuelke

    Wes Schuelke gave props (8 Feb 2018):

    Wow, great shot

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Sep 2018):

    Back to vote!!!

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