Do you remember these? No longer are they seen at the end of a train. Why this has happened I don’t know. The Caboose was once a train car that was always on the back end of the train. In the early day’s, and later it was used to house sleeping area’s, cook, and a place to stay for the train crew.
If you may have noticed there always was a “stack” on one side of the Caboose. The above Image is what the “stack” was usually attached to. A Iron Stove. Iron Stove’s were used to keep the Caboose warm on cold winter trip’s and also for cooking a meal. Most of the time coal or wood was used to fire the stove. More often coal. The heat lasted longer than wood. Photographed at the Historic Train Museum in Hamburg.