Red Caboose in Belleveue


Sometime in 2016, Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon posted a photograph of a Great Miami caboose that he made in Bellevue.

I had seen that same caboose earlier when it was being repainted.

I don’t know much about this car or why it was being given a new look at the Mad River & NKP Museum. It just caught my eye as I walking back through some exhibits.

The bright red color reminds me that historically a lot of cabooses have been some shade of red.

There are plenty that are not red, including the green that the New York Central applied to its cabooses in the 1960s.

So where did the idea originate that a caboose had to be red?

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders


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