Bird's Eye View of The
If Your A Caboose Owner & Like To Send Me
Here is a picture of my caboose. The whole process started in August when the newest addition of trains magazine came in. It had an add for a CE1 caboose that wasn't there the day before. I walked from my mail slot at my office directly to the phone and called. To my amazement the man was home and we talked for about thirty minutes. He sent me an email the next day and I offered him full price the same day. It took three months to actually find someone that would inspect the brakes on the caboose, they had to do a pressure test and then jack up the caboose and manually roll the trucks to inspect the bearings for smooth operation, (this cost about $800. This was after $3600 to crane and truck the caboose to the live rail from the house where it was displayed near Chicago. $2200 more to transport it via BNSFto Washington State(it was really cool watching it's progress on BNSF's web site across the northern route of BNSF toward Washington State), and then another $1800 for crane service in Washington. I still haven't paid the trucking company for the final move, it will be about $800. Now it is sitting in my friends rock quarry waiting for the ground to dry out next summer for the final move. Oh yea the track was about $1800 and the cost of trucking two panel sections to the site was another $800. It was worth every penny. I got a really good deal on the caboose otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford it. Some of the SF cabooses that I have seen have gone for $16.000.
Anyway thanks for the continued interest. I read your web page with interest so the above wasn't such a sticker shock when all of the bills started rolling in.
I think that I have almost all of the bills in.
You can use the photo and the bills in your web site. I still have to move it from it's present site to the track about another 1.5 miles this summer when the last 2 tenths of a mile of dirt road dries out.
Price of Caboose 6,000
Truck and crane Chicago 3,600
BNSF inspection of brakes 820
BNSF transport of caboose 2,150
Two 33' RR track panels 2,340
Transport panels to site 800
Crane @ delivery site 1,490
Low boy truck @ delivery site 819
8 hours cat work and gravel 3,014
Lots and lots of $$$$$ for phone calls to coordinate all of the above. Too many to count
It has been worth every penny
New paint and restoration????????????
I would like it to look as original as possible on the outside but I'm not sure at this point how to make identical stencils and match the paint exactly. Any suggestions?
I saw your item on E-bay. Living in N. Calif 40 miles from the Oregon border, I am too far to come visit your project. But I am writing to tell you how much I am enjoying your web page. I bought an old Santa Fe caboose
two years ago. It came into Yreka, CA from Kansas City, and I stored it at the Blue Goose office. The Blue Goose is a six mile short line that connects to the old Southern Pacific line a Montague. The business manager let me store it there for free for a year and also gave me 18 ties and two lengths of rail for me to set up on some mountain property I have in Scott Valley, 25 miles away. I set up my rail bed, and had to hire a D8 Cat to widen the road to the site. I hired a local lowboy service and got a portable crane from Medford, Or to come down for the move. The crane loaded the unit on the lowboy and the trucks on a flat bed, and then followed us to the site to reverse the operation. After reading Mr. Halls experiences I thought you might be interested in my costs todate.
D8 Cat work 1800
crane service 1300
I am working on the restoration now. We are doing the work ourselves, so it is more elbow grease than money. Have removed the old diesel stove and fuel storage, cut out unneeded supports , replaced oil soaked and dry rotted flooring, pressure washed the interior to remove peeling paint, etc. I am now ready to cut in some larger windows, paint the interior, and put down linoleum. Such fun! I hope to be ready for deer season camping out in Oct.
I have your site book marked and plan to check in on it often. I really like the book list. I have four grand kids all under five, so the book list will give me some realy nice gift options. As I did this project in a
vacuum it is great to see what others have been doing.
Thanks a bunch,
11120 Apache Rd.
Montague, Ca 96064
Hi, just happened
upon your web site from browsing ebay "caboose". If you get a chance, look
at our web site and click on the goose to see our cattle for sale page. At the bottom of
the list of cattle is a listing for "Starshire Farm". Click on that and
see our caboose. We bought it at a Santa Fe auction. It cost us around $10,000 by the time
we had it