CHS Buildings and Items

The 1927 Caboose

This caboose was obtained in the spring of 2011 from the Tresider family. We undertook a restoration and repainting that included removing large amounts of animal waste from the interior. The caboose had become home to raccoons over the years. The roof was repaired and sealed, window frames and glass were replaced.

The caboose was used on the iron mine railroads in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. It is representative of the cupola style of caboose used for generations on railroads all through the country. Railroad crews called this small car home as they traveled the rails. They would sleep and eat here.

The stove provided heat in the winter. Water was stored in a tank for drinking. The toilet was basically a hole with a seat on it. It evacuated right on the tracks below.

The tools on the walls were used on a regular basis by the train crew for track repair.