Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I choo-choo-choose you: A train caboose turned home

If you see a classified ad that says, "Cabooses for sale," I wouldn't blame you for thinking something... salacious. (Especially if the ad were in a paper like L.A. Xpress.) But in 1975, Marcia Weber saw that very ad in the back of the Wall Street Journal and it turned out to be actual cabooses -- the train kind.

Marcia and her then-husband purchased a wooden Soo Line train caboose, built in 1909, as a vacation home. Years later, Marcia decided to make the train car her primary residence.

The caboose is only 337 square feet, and sits on a piece of track on her property in Northwest Pennsylvania. Back in 1976 it cost $6,000 -- but it's required a bit of renovation since then. The caboose originally didn't have any heat or plumbing (they had installed electricity prior to Marcia's moving in, but it was obviously not original). These basic necessities, along with a bathroom, a front porch, and some other upgrades to make the place livable, were added. But outside of these renovations and a few cosmetic touches, everything is as it was in 1909.

Marcia had her doubts about moving from a 2,500 square foot house to a tiny caboose, but now absolutely adores living in her "36-year labor of love." “I sold 95 percent of my belongings and feel very free as a result,” Marcia told the Tiny House Blog. “Plus, I can clean the whole place in fifteen minutes. The area here is absolutely beautiful and I spend a lot of time sitting on the deck reading and just looking at my surroundings. It’s all mountains, ponds, and open space.”

Sure, it may not be a big caboose, but it certainly is a cute caboose.

From Tiny House Blog via Craft, and Dornob.


  1. That is so cool. Definitely in with recycling! I think it would be a really romantic home for a couple!

  2. Very, very cool. By northwestern PA, do you mean...Erie area?? Because that is where I am!

  3. Cool! You are very artistic. I love your concept and the way you transform the simple train into a house. Though it may look small, but it is very cute. I'll surely love living in this cabin.


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