New Haven Caboose Rehabilitation

Project: Equipment


July 2018 Update

Surprisingly it has been only a year since the caboose arrived at the shop’s front door and a lot has happened since. Friend members have been working Wednesday Shop nights and weekends to achieve the following:

– Removed Conrail windows and stairs
– Stabilized metal condition on the underside
– Removed counters on the inside
– Replaced rusted metal along lower edges

– Replaced metal and ribs where exterior windows were added
– Created new window frames with glass and fitted to caboose
– Painted Body New Haven McGinnis Orange
– Sealed the roof to handle mother nature

Summer 2018 Fundraiser

Looking forward, our next projects are to stencil (see image) the caboose, build out the south vestibule, also add stairs for safety, and add the roof walk with grab bars.  Stenciling will cost $1,500, fabrication for both vestibule stairs is $1,000, and lastly $600 is required for metal work on the south vestibule.  The roof walk with grab bars cost $700.

Fund Raising

$1,500 Stenciling
$1,000 Stairs Fabrication
$  600 South Vestibule
$  700 Roof Walk and Grab Bars
$3,800 Total




as of 1/16/19

The Friends would like to raise funds to complete this project through donations to the FVRR, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization; IRS code Section 501(c)(3).

This New Haven Caboose is known by many as the Landon Lumber Caboose of Madison, CT.  Landon used the caboose as a yard office for customers picking up their orders.  In January 2017, Landon Lumber started an expansion of their facility and offered the caboose to the Friends of the Valley Railroad.

This New Haven Caboose was built by Pullman-Standard company in Worcester, CA. in 1940, a class NE-5 (Conrail incorrectly listed it as NE-6). Its original New Haven Railroad number was C-540. It became 19821 when Penn Central took ownership in 1969 and retained its number during the Conrail merger.

In October 1988 Landon Lumber took delivery of it and put it on a panel track in the middle of their lumberyard, repainted it, and lettered it Landon Lumber number 134 (conveniently their street address). Because of the challenge for larger vehicles to get into Landon yard, around 2004 the trucks were removed and the caboose was moved out of the middle of the driveway to where it sits today.  The trucks, couplers, and other parts were obtained by a local train enthusiast.

Photo By: Grant Lowry  Source: Link
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA