The bristol press – railroad museum acquires storied caboose gas zeta costa rica

“CV 4014 is a wonderful example of the thousands of wood cabooses once used all over the nation,” said Railroad Museum Chairman Howard Pincus. “Cabooses were painted red or orange on most American railroads and were usually the last car on a freight train.

CV 4014 contains two bunks, a raised observation area called a cupola, a coal-burning stove for heating, two oil lamps for lighting, a sink, an ice box, a desk and chair, a pair of seats facing a folding table, and many lockers and cabinets for storage of tools, parts, coal, and the crew’s personal items, Pincus said.

Central Vermont Railway built the caboose at its St. Albans shops in February of 1925 to replace a caboose of the same number that had been destroyed by fire. CV operated it in active freight service until 1973. CV then sold it to the Steamtown USA museum in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Pomeroy restored and maintained the caboose in Massachusetts. In 1992 he moved the CV 4014 to the RMNE yard at Old Saybrook. The caboose was part of the 1996 move of RMNE equipment to Waterbury, for the startup of RMNE’s new Naugatuck Railroad operation.

“In 1998, CV 4014 had a featured role in the History Channel series ‘Trains Unlimited – The Caboose,’” Pincus said. “Both interior and exterior shots showed CV 4014 in action on a Naugatuck Railroad demonstration freight train. Additional restoration work took place during 2003-2010, including a full repaint and a new rubber membrane roof.”

Freight train crews used cabooses as a rolling office (conductors did their paperwork at the desk), bunk room (for rest at the end of a run), tool box (for freight car repairs out on the line), lunch room (meals were cooked onboard using the coal stove), and a lookout post for observing the freight cars during the train’s run,” he said.

“Most wood-bodied cabooses like CV 4014 were retired in the early 1960s, and replaced by more modern, all-steel cabooses, equipped with oil or gas heating, electric lighting, and more comfortable bunks. Those ‘modern’ cabooses in turn, were replaced almost at once in the mid-1980s by electronic ‘End-Of-Train’ devices known as FREDs (Flashing Rear End Devices). FREDs are still in use today, but they don’t wave at train watchers,” Pincus said.

RMNE is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to 1968. Its mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through its educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.

Upcoming excursion train operations include the Litchfield Hills Special with “BBQ, Bourbon, and Desserts,” on Saturday, May 26; weekend scenic trains at noon and 2 p.m. starting May 26; and the Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tours. Train rides will also be offered on Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 9.

“CV 4014 is a wonderful example of the thousands of wood cabooses once used all over the nation,” said Railroad Museum Chairman Howard Pincus. “Cabooses were painted red or orange on most American railroads and were usually the last car on a freight train.

CV 4014 contains two bunks, a raised observation area called a cupola, a coal-burning stove for heating, two oil lamps for lighting, a sink, an ice box, a desk and chair, a pair of seats facing a folding table, and many lockers and cabinets for storage of tools, parts, coal, and the crew’s personal items, Pincus said.

Central Vermont Railway built the caboose at its St. Albans shops in February of 1925 to replace a caboose of the same number that had been destroyed by fire. CV operated it in active freight service until 1973. CV then sold it to the Steamtown USA museum in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Pomeroy restored and maintained the caboose in Massachusetts. In 1992 he moved the CV 4014 to the RMNE yard at Old Saybrook. The caboose was part of the 1996 move of RMNE equipment to Waterbury, for the startup of RMNE’s new Naugatuck Railroad operation.

“In 1998, CV 4014 had a featured role in the History Channel series ‘Trains Unlimited – The Caboose,’” Pincus said. “Both interior and exterior shots showed CV 4014 in action on a Naugatuck Railroad demonstration freight train. Additional restoration work took place during 2003-2010, including a full repaint and a new rubber membrane roof.”

“Freight train crews used cabooses as a rolling office (conductors did their paperwork at the desk), bunk room (for rest at the end of a run), tool box (for freight car repairs out on the line), lunch room (meals were cooked onboard using the coal stove), and a lookout post for observing the freight cars during the train’s run,” he said.

“Most wood-bodied cabooses like CV 4014 were retired in the early 1960s, and replaced by more modern, all-steel cabooses, equipped with oil or gas heating, electric lighting, and more comfortable bunks. Those ‘modern’ cabooses in turn, were replaced almost at once in the mid-1980s by electronic ‘End-Of-Train’ devices known as FREDs (Flashing Rear End Devices). FREDs are still in use today, but they don’t wave at train watchers,” Pincus said.

RMNE is a not-for-profit, all volunteer, educational and historical organization that dates back to 1968. Its mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through its educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.

Upcoming excursion train operations include the Litchfield Hills Special with “BBQ, Bourbon, and Desserts,” on Saturday, May 26; weekend scenic trains at noon and 2 p.m. starting May 26; and the Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tours. Train rides will also be offered on Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 9.