Western Railway Preservaton Society

- Caboose #3 -

Caboose #3

SVRy. caboose # 3 was the first project undertaken by the core group that would form the Western Railway Preservation Society. The caboose was built in the south baker shops of the svry in 1926 and served the svry. until 1941.

It was sold to the U.S Army for use on the White Pass and Yukon Route in Alaska as USA #911, the caboose was sold to the WP&YR following the war and retired in 1947. It was purchased and used as a cabin and later a children’s playhouse in Skagway Alaska.

Caboose #3

The caboose was donated back to SVRR in 1994 and returned to McEwen in 1995. Repairs were performed on the caboose to make it weather tight and was utilized as crew quarters for several years.

Restoration Begins
Caboose #3

In August 2002 caboose #3 was cleared out and readied to be placed on temporary shop trucks for the move to our restoration facilities at McEwen for restoration to operation.


  • Caboose #3
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Once the car was inside the assessment began, we were pleased to find the car was structurally sound and needed minimal framing repairs. The original sheet metal roofing was in need of several patches but was salvageable. Patches were installed along with roof walks and new fascia trim.


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The platform sills and end beams were badly decayed from decades of contact with the ground.


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Removal of the rotted beams was carefully undertaken after all components were fully documented. Suitable beams were located and the platform sills were replaced with like material.


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After the platform sills were completed, work moved to installing the new end beam, coupler, handrails and steps.


Caboose #3

The original handrails had rusted badly from years of exposure to the elements, new duplicate handrails were fabricated as well as new ladders.


Caboose #3
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The original siding was in poor condition, after documenting the remaining lettering, the siding was removed from both sides of the caboose.


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The caboose framing was found to be in good condition, the car was insulated with fiberglass batt insulation both to aid in keeping the car warm in use and as a fire prevention measure.


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New glass was installed where needed along with several replacement frames.


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New duplicates of the original doors were created using the remains of one original door as a pattern.


Caboose #3

The caboose brake system was replaced with a rebuilt K type brake system, All new brake piping was installed along with new valves, angle cocks and hoses. A reconditioned set of freight car trucks were installed under the caboose after new center bearings were installed.


Caboose #3
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New roof walks and duplicate ladders were installed and the roofs were sealed then painted.


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The interior of the caboose had been removed in Alaska, the interior design was researched using marks on the interior walls and flooring, then the old flooring was replaced as well. The cupola bases and cabinets were recreated along with the “restroom”.


Caboose #3

The benches and desk were created using paint marks and the original desk in SVRy caboose #5 as a pattern. A replacement caboose stove was acquired and installed.


Caboose #3

Missing grab irons, marker lamp brackets and other hardware were located or created by our group. Careful research allowed for the accurate recreation of the interior paint colors. The new floor was stained and sealed to duplicate the original floor.


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The exterior was given first given coats of sealer and primer, then three coats of paint were applied, after which lettering was hand applied. All metal hardware was painted black.


Caboose #3

Caboose #3 has been in regular service for three years with no issues.


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