Union Pacific Cabooses
Index For This Page
This page was last updated on July 28, 2014.
(The intent of these pages is to have a place to make needed corrections and additions to the book "Cabooses of the Union Pacific Railroad," published in December 2002 by the Union Pacific Historical Society.)
Caboose Update -- What's new on these caboose pages.
UP Wooden Cabooses -- Narrative text for all of UP's wooden cabooses.
UP Steel Cabooses -- Narrative text for all of UP's steel cabooses.
Steel Roadway -- Information about the steel cabooses that were converted to non-revenue Roadway service.
Special Service Cars -- Notes about special cars that started out as cabooses, including UPP 400 and 401, UPP 430, and the MP 7500 series.
Front or Rear?
For Union Pacific's wooden cabooses, the offset cupola end was toward the front. The conductor's desk was at the rear. The caboose was usually placed so the the conductor sat at his desk and faced toward the rear. The rear brakeman was up in the cupola, facing forward, to watch the train. UP's CA class (built 1905-1913) and CA-1 class (built 1914-1925) wooden cabooses had wooden passenger benches ahead of the cupola, two on each side. The toilet was in the right front, and the ice water, wash water and wash basin were in the left front. The stove was on the right side, between the cupola and the conductor's desk.
UP's steel cupola cabooses had centered cupolas, without passenger benches. The first were built in 1942; the last in 1975. The conductor's desk was on the right side, at the rear. The toilet, and its small window and rooftop ventilator, was on the left side, just ahead of the cupola.
UP Wooden Caboose Rosters -- An index page for an edited and updated version of the wooden caboose rosters from the UP caboose book, plus additional information that didn't make it into the book.
UP Steel Caboose Rosters -- An index page for an edited and updated version of the steel caboose rosters from the UP caboose book; includes additional information that didn't make it into the book.
Connecting and Competing Roads
- Western Pacific -- Western Pacific's first steel cars were built in 1955 through 1956. Numbered as WP 426-460, these 35 cars were the first of a total fleet of 61 cars, all built between 1955 and 1980. Of those 61 cars, 59 were still on the WP roster when it was merged with UP in 1982.
- Missouri Pacific -- Missouri Pacific Railroad merged with Union Pacific and Western Pacific Railway on 22 December 1982. At the time of the merger, MoPac had 651 cabooses, including 407 bay window cabooses, 208 cupola cabooses, and 36 transfer cabooses. Based on the cars' characteristics, UP assigned caboose classes CA-19 through CA-35 to these 651 cars.
- Missouri-Kansas-Texas -- Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad merged with Union Pacific, Railroad on 12 August 1988. At the time of the merger, MKT owned 58 cabooses, MKT numbers 6, 24, 61, 74, 100-142 (except MKT 113, 125, 131 and 135), and MKT, 200-215 (except MKT 201).
- Mount Hood Railway -- Brief summary of the two wooden CA-1 cabooses owned by Mount Hood Railway in Oregon; entire railroad purchased by UP in 1958.
- Southern Pacific -- SP had an eventual total fleet of 265 steel cupola cabooses, all delivered in 1940-1942 as the C-40-3 class. In 1947 SP received the first of a total fleet of 974 steel bay window cabooses, in three classes: 180 in the C-30 class (new in 1947 and 1951), 412 in the C-40 class (new in 1961-1967), and 392 in the C-50 class (new in 1968-1980).
- Denver & Rio Grande Western -- D&RGW had 91 steel cupola cabooses in the 01400-01490 series, and 25 later wide-vision cupola cabooses in the 01500-01524 series.
- AT&SF, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, CB&Q
- Utah Railway -- Information about the eight CA-1 style cabooses purchased in 1918-1927 by Utah Railway through the Union Pacific Equipment Association, along with the two former Union Pacific steel cabooses purchased in 1972.
Union Pacific Steel CA-3 Caboose Photos -- An album of 67 photos of UP 25007, a CA-3 steel caboose displayed at Lodgepole, Nebraska.
Union Pacific Caboose Photos -- A set of photos of Union Pacific Cabooses, taken by John Pack. (Railroad Pictures Archive.net)
In December 2002, the Union Pacific Historical Society published "Cabooses of the Union Pacific Railroad", by Don Strack and Jim Ehernberger. Go to the UPHS web site for more information, including how to buy the book.
Sources and Acknowledgments
- UP Caboose Fleet (as of January 2002)
- Caboose Builders -- Information about the car builders that built cabooses for Union Pacific.
- The Last Car Is Changing -- A PDF of an article in the February 1979 issue of INFO, Union Pacific's employee magazine. The article talks about UP's new CA-11 bay-window cabooses, and includes data about the costs to operate and maintain its caboose fleet.