LESS EXPENSIVE THAN MOST ADDITIONS
ECONOMICAL TO HEAT, COOL AND LIGHT
INDEPENDENT SINGLE FLOOR LIVING
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Our version of a re-purposed 1870s vintage boxcar.
We imagined our Boxcar as the perfect multi use, reconfigurable and portable solution for
people who need just a bit more space to operate their business, hobby or craft. A tiny house
We are American railroad history enthusiasts and former railroad employees. The American
Narrow Gauge Boxcar from the late nineteenth century seemed the perfect choice for us. Like
most architecture, transportation and machinery from this historic period even the humble
boxcar was decorated in bright colors and decorative trim. We knew that loading and access
flexibility was important to these early railroad pioneers and it was to us too. Boxcars of this
period often had doors on each end as well as the traditional sides of the cars. This allowed us
additional and flexible floor plans while still holding tight to historic accuracy.
Boxcars with windows?
Yes, Boxcars had windows and even normal doors. Frequently one to a few windows were
added to boxcars that had employees aboard. These individuals accompanied high value freight
and windows provided light and ventilation. Dairy, payroll, mail and bullion cars frequently had
employees travelling inside. Boxcars that began their life just carrying grain, machinery and even
complete houses were often re-purposed at the end of their freight hauling life. In their new role
they would provide train and work crew quarters, kitchens, dining, hospitals, workshops and
offices. Reusing and adding windows and normal doors to a boxcar was, and still is practiced
Moving and setting up a larger standard railroad caboose or car, requires money, planning,
cranes, semi trucks, trailers, permits and of course tracks and ties. Our narrow gauge cars are
about three quarters of the size of a modern railroad car. They can legally travel anywhere there
is a road. Our heavy duty trailers are custom designed and fabricated just for our cars and they
can be towed with just about any modern full size pickup.
This tiny house on wheels is from your great great great grand dad’s generation and built from
the trailer up using many of the same materials, methods and technology. Nearly everything
you see or touch was made by hand and quite often using unpowered hand tools. Some tools
were as old as the type of vintage railroad car we were recreating. Doors, windows, furnishings,
upholstery, casings, trim and more are crafted by just a few human hands in a nearly two
century old barn.
So Authentic You Can Feel The History
Our two creations have had thousands of visitors and we are often asked where we find the old
railroad cars. Most are surprised to learn each is entirely new. Both have cozy interiors and the
vintage appearance of an original but we believe comfortably balance today’s needs and
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