Thursday, April 15, 2010
UNION PACIFIC MAINTENANCE OF WAY CABOOSE, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, APRIL 15, 2010
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300 at 70mm
1/500 sec. f11
The last cabooses disappeared from American freight trains by the middle 1980s, but lots of remnants are preserved (sometimes as motel cabins) or derelict in lonely rail yards. Rarely is one seen in actual use on a railroad, and this rusty former Chicago & North Western bay-window caboose is still working as a rolling tool shed for the maintenance of way department of the Union Pacific, which swallowed the old C&NW in 1995. I shot her on a siding along the UP's Chicago-Kenosha North Line in Evanston, Illinois.