Portola in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Western Pacific Railroad 428
Steel Bay Window Caboose
The 428 and her sisters continued the "bay window" design of the railroad's later wooden cabooses. A bay window differs from a "traditional" cupola caboose by having large bays on either side of the body's center. Instead of riding on top of the car in a cupola, crew members sat in the extended bays. Bay window cabooses first appeared on American railroads in the early 1920's. Western Pacific built their first bay window caboose in 1942.
At one time, the caboose was the conductor's and trainmen's home away from home, where they slept and cooked meals until called for the return trip. In the 1960's, the railroads started running cabooses through terminals and the train crews were put up in motels and hotels. The need for sleeping bunks and food preparation areas was eliminated and cabooses began to lose some of their
builder International Car Co.
built November 1955
type Steel Bay Window
length 37' 0" overall
operating weight 49,500 lbs
acquisition donated by Union Pacific
Erected by Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 48.224′ N, 120° 28.629′ W. Marker is in Portola, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Western Pacific Way ¼ mile west of Main Street. Marker and caboose are located in the Western Pacific Railroad Museum yard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Western Pacific Way, Portola CA 96122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Pacific Railroad 484 (a few steps from this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 925-C (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 501 (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Northern Railway 712 (within shouting distance of this marker); Western Pacific Railroad 805-A (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad MW208 (within shouting distance of this marker); Central California Traction Company 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Pacific Railroad 6946 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portola.
Also see . . .
1. The International Car Co., once a leading maker of railroad cabooses... (Feb 15, 1983) International Car was founded in Kenton in 1924 as the New City Car Co. and began specializing in cabooses in 1941. As recently as 1981, the plant employed nearly 200 workers, but most of the work force was laid off when the closing was announced this week by Paccar, International Car's parent firm. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Western Pacific Caboose #428 photo gallery. (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.