Welcome to another Big Train Tour at the Colorado Railroad Museum! Today, we’ll be taking a look at Colorado & Southern caboose No. 1009. This interesting, narrow gauge “way car” dates to 1882, and the early days of the legendary South Park Line’s expansion in Colorado. Acquired by the Museum in 1961 as just a body, this rare survivor has been restored to operating condition and is today proudly displayed in Golden.

Our subject today is a diminutive, four-wheel narrow-gauge “bobber” caboose built in the shops of its parent railroad. Like many rail vehicles from the 19th century, caboose 6 number 1009 started its life with a different appearance, and it was known as a Way Car for its first two to three decades of service. Renumbered several times during its life, it was rebuilt and modernized, then retired and almost lost. Its very existence today provides a powerful connection with Colorado freight railroading, 9 changes in the railroad safety environment, and the many railroad workers who have helped shape the expansion and settlement of the Centennial State.

Join Executive Director, Paul Hammond as we explore the history of this “Way Car” caboose!

Big Train Tours: Denver & Rio Grande Caboose No. 49 – https://youtu.be/rMEIIsNFv7U
Big Train Tours: Denver & Rio Grande Western Locomotive No. 346 – https://youtu.be/XaIHXJmE-is
Big Train Tours: Coors Diesel Switcher No. 988 – https://youtu.be/VBw1Trtg5Tg

Music by Hyce!

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