Wabash Railroad caboose at Topeka

It was for a long time associated with a train and distinctively brought up the rear of a train. A caboose, of course. What would a train have been without a caboose? Now we usually only see them on display at museums or some are on private property. This one is at the museum of the Topeka Historical Society in LaGrange County. It’s near the old depot of the Wabash Railroad, which passed through Topeka. Today’s trains can have several types of cars on the very end and usually a flashing red light indicates the rear car. But there was something about a caboose that kind of set it apart and is forever etched in the minds of railroad fans. Note also the Wabash line mile marker in the photo. If you are ever in Topeka, check out the museum. There is quite a bit of railroad history in addition to local history.

Wabash Railroad caboose in Topeka.

Wabash Railroad caboose in Topeka.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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2 Responses to Wabash Railroad caboose at Topeka

  1. Love it…thanks for posting this!

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