LESS EXPENSIVE THAN MOST ADDITIONS
ECONOMICAL TO HEAT, COOL AND LIGHT
INDEPENDENT SINGLE FLOOR LIVING
“Our work began from the outside.”
Our final choice for a caboose design was this 16’ “bobber” .
We began our design with a list of goals and objectives. First on the list was accuracy of
methods and materials. It had to be convincingly accurate in appearance, not just a sort of looks
like. It must be reasonably and legally towed with a normal full size pickup truck. Another was
interior practicality. It had to be useful and meet the needs of people today without
compromising its historic origins or visual appeal inside or out. Our work began from the
outside in. Months were consumed creating, evaluating and changing framing, door and window
openings, sizes, locations and floor plans attempting to find a balance between old and new
without compromising either too greatly. We knew for example that we wanted to avoid the use
of “transforming” furniture. Some cabooses had drop down bunks and tables that would fold up
when not in use. We decided that single action, one motion, up or down, in or out could be
practical but even then we would avoid it if possible. We left ample room for additional shelving,
cabinets and under floor storage opting instead not to clutter the interior visually. Our basic
design policy was simple, space was allocated based on expected use, if you use it every day or
week we need a space for it, If not we feel it does not belong in the same space with you.
One of our first caboose designs was this 24’ long combine!
Choose Structural reliability. Why reinvent the wheel? The structural design of wooden railroad
cars was a long process of trial and evaluation. And it worked. At the beginning of the 20th
century steel and wood became the preferred material to build railroad cars. Even then all
wooden cars remained in use. Many cars are still being used today at operating museums,
theme and tourist railroads almost a century and half later! Although our cars could, but are
unlikely to ply the rails they still face similar use and operating environments. That is why we
chose to use the same historic methods and materials. They can be repaired and modified
inexpensively with simple tools, basic skills and using accessible materials. Our cars like their
vintage originals are designed to last.
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