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Can anyone tell me why there is a caboose being pulled along by a BNSF switcher in today's modern railroad world? Granted, the windows are all boarded up, but still, the fact remains, it appears to be in active service and not retired... =)
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It's technically not a caboose, it's a "shoving platform." On trains that expect to have long backing moves, they'll use a shoving platform to give the conductor or brakeman a safe place to stand while on point. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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