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Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Santa Fe Caboose #1552

1927

 
 
Santa Fe Caboose #1552 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 20, 2012
1. Santa Fe Caboose #1552 Marker
Inscription.

The Santa Fe Railway Company purchased this all-steel constructed caboose, called "waycar," new in 1927 for $4,200. Waycars were occupied by the conductor and rear brakeman who usually rode in the cupola so they could visually inspect their train while it was in motion. Initially designated as #1552, this model CE-2 was in service until 1969. It was reconditioned in the railroad's shops at San Bernardino, California where it was returned to regular service until it was involved in a derailment. The decision was made to retire it in December 1981 and it was put up for sale.

Dr. Richard Sutton of Topeka purchased it in 1982 and donated it to Historic Ward-Meade Park in December 1984. It was moved to its present location and volunteers of the National Railway Historical Society and employees at the Topeka Santa Fe Shops made necessary repairs and repainted it to its original "mineral brown" color. The "waycar" weighs 58,000 pounds and is approximately 43 feet long by 11 feet wide and 15 foot [sic - feet] tall.
 
Erected by Old Prairie Town.
 
Location. 39° 3.831′ N, 95° 41.013′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Touch for map. Marker is in Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade
Santa Fe Caboose #1552 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 20, 2012
2. Santa Fe Caboose #1552 and Marker
Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 NW Fillmore Street, Topeka KS 66606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lingo Livery Stable (here, next to this marker); 100th Anniversary of the Pauline Depot (a few steps from this marker); The Pauline Depot (a few steps from this marker); Pappan's Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Sheldon Study (within shouting distance of this marker); Victor Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Mulvane General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Potwin Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Topeka.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade Park. (Submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ward-Meade Park, Topeka KS. (Submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Santa Fe Caboose #1552 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 20, 2012
3. Santa Fe Caboose #1552
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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