If you are modeling any time period prior to the 1980’s on your train layout then you are probably placing a caboose on the end of your trains. Do you know the reason for a caboose being placed on the end of a train? The caboose served a definite purpose, so if you want to operate your model railroad like the prototypes, then you need to learn the ins and outs of caboose operations.
The purpose of the caboose was to serve as a shelter for a portion of the train crew. The conductor and the brakeman used the caboose as an observation platform to watch over the train while it was in motion and as an office to keep the essential paperwork regarding the train. Inside the caboose there as a pressure gauge to monitor the train’s brakes and a brake valve which could be used to stop the … Read More