Northern Pacific Caboose Restoration Newsletter

   Owners of Northern Pacific cabooses are entitled to receive by mail a free quarterly newsletter filled with ideas to help them with their restoration projects. If you are restoring a Northern Pacific caboose, e-mail us to get on the mailing list. Below are news items and excerpts from previous newsletters (we began in 1996).

    Judy Freeman passes away. After a long and courageous fight with ovarian cancer Judy Freeman died on July  9, 2002. Judy and her husband Wes, of Tacoma, Washnington, restored Northern Pacific caboose number 1656 and featured it in the N.P.C.R.N. Caboose Hop of May, 2001. Judy was an enthusiastic caboose restorer and in fact met all of life's challenges with enthusiasm and vigor. Her friendly nature endeared her to all who knew her.

     Northern Pacific Caboose Restoration Newsletter sponsored a Caboose Hop on September 7, 2003 entitled The N.P. Cabooses of Snohomish County (Washington).  Despite gray weather there was a good turnout.  A driving tour was made, visiting three wooden cabooses and one steel caboose.  A barbecue dinner was served afterward at the home of Kay Jones.

     What was it like to build Northern Pacific cabooses at the company shops or at Pacific Car & Foundry in the heyday of cabooses?  Bob Makins of Bremerton, Washington and his crew of half dozen or so volunteers are finding out through real life experience.  Bob has owned caboose # 1713 for many years.  When he first bought it, the wood was rotting and so he completely dismantled it, saving the metal parts and burning the rest.  Now, with the help of original company drawings from the collection of Rick Leach, he is rebuilding the 1713 from the ground up.  The scene in his backyard is not unlike that at Pacific Car & Foundry 82 years ago.

Pict0018.jpg (1293978 bytes)    Bob Makins (far left) and his crew of caboose rebuilders and N.P. 1713.  9-21-03.