Thursday, March 18, 2010

Caboose Prices

Ex-CN 79532, Meductic, NB
There must be something in the air. There has been a flurry of interest in cabooses these days.

First I was contacted by someone looking for a caboose in Ontario. I pointed them to Ron Grant's caboose in Hillsborough, because it's for sale.

Next I hear that a lady in Meductic is trying once again to sell one of the cabooses there, for a reputed $10k. The photo at top is one of the two cabooses there. I shot that about 10 years ago.

Next, someone pointed out a Kajiji listing for an ex-CN caboose for a whopping $18,900 (or best offer).

Don't get me wrong, owning a caboose would be cool. However, I think $10,000 (or more) might be a bit steep for a caboose, especially the ones that seem a little shabby. The biggest problem is that they are all sold "as is, where is" and the costs of MOVING a caboose are substantial and could easily exceed the purchase price.

Still, a caboose would make a great cabin. I've had breakfast in the cupola of a static caboose and you can't beat the view.

EDIT 2012/05/17 - ex CN 79532 has been sold and is en route to British Columbia.


Eric said...

Steve, I have 79532 in service in my CN Cabooses post.

Eating breakfast in a cupola...priceless. How about wine tasting in a caboose, just west of Kingston?
She's had a coat of paint since this photo and looks much better.

There have been a couple of articles in the railfan press on the topic of caboose purchase and use. It's not for the faint of heart, what with financial and logistical challenges.

Canadian Train Geek said...

Hi Eric, nice shot of 79532 in service.

If I liked wine, I would enjoy wine tasting in a caboose very much. :)

I have run across a few of those railfan articles. Moving a caboose is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Nathan said...

There are two cabooses for sale in Meductic, NB for $10 000.