Saturday, August 23, 2014

Indiana Harbor Belt caboose

Until the 1980s, the last car on a freight train line was a caboose. Inside a caboose one would either find an office or sleeping quarters for railroad staff who were assigned various safety duties, but technological advances made those workers unnecessary and cabooses went the way of the steam train.

On Sunday, about 50 yards from abandoned Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee tracks in Wilmette, a man named Dave pointed out an Indiana Harbor Belt caboose that is still an office, albeit for the Lake Avenue Lock-Up public storage facility.

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