Marcia's Soo Line Caboose - Tiny House Blog

Marcia’s Soo Line Caboose

Marcia Weber lives full-time in a Soo Line train caboose that was built in 1909. She purchased the caboose with her husband at the Tunerville Station in Whippany, New Jersey in 1975 from an ad in the Wall Street Journal that simply said “wooden cabooses for sale.”

For years, the caboose was just a vacation home for Marcia and her husband. After a divorce and a job loss, she decided to move permanently into the caboose. She said the first winter was tough with no indoor plumbing and only space heaters available for heat. Electricity had been installed in the caboose years before, but there was no bathroom. In the following years, Marcia was able to add a bathroom to the back of the caboose (to retain the look), indoor plumbing and electric heat. She also replaced the siding on the cupola and put in some gardens and a lawn. She also had a deck built which added an additional “room” to the caboose.

The caboose sits on a 30 foot train track on Marcia’s 5 acre parcel in Northeast Pennsylvania. Her 337 square foot living space also includes a washer/dryer, refrigerator, stove, microwave and a dishwasher. The cost of the caboose and the track cost about $6,000 (in 1976).

Marcia calls the caboose “a 36-year labor of love”, and is proud that nearly everything on the inside is still in its original 1909 state. She did replace out the floor with a laminate. She will also be replacing the siding on the outside with beadboard to resemble the original wood.

She loves the light that comes in through the windows (including the six in the cupola) and has decorated the caboose with colorful accessories. She thought that going from a 2,500 square foot house to a 337 square foot caboose would be difficult, but she absolutely loves it.

“I sold 95 percent of my belongings and feel very free as a result,” Marcia said. “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.”

Photos courtesy of Marcia Weber

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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mike - July 25, 2011 Reply

that is great.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Mike.

    Christine Hannen - July 27, 2011 Reply

    I think this is a very lovely home!!! Great work!

Grant Wagner - July 25, 2011 Reply

I’m curious. Does that $6K (in 1975 $s) include transportation on site? That couldn’t have been easy or cheap.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Yes, it included transport. The caboose itself was $3500 and transport and building of rail bed was an additional $2500.

      Walt West - June 13, 2017 Reply


      I live in Brentwood, TN I’ve been a rail fan for years and I’m beginning the process of putting a caboose in my backyard to use as a study, painting studio, and a place to consult with clients . I enjoyed seeing the interior pictures of your caboose. Because there isn’t a way to put an actual caboose in my yard I’m planning to build a kit from Dogpatch and Western Railroad. In one of your posts there was mention of using as many of the original built-ins (Seats, etc.) as possible. If possible, I’d like to get some pictures of these original built-ins as possible so that I can replicate them in my “caboose.”

      ‘Thank you for any assistance you can offer,

      Walt West
      (615) 838-3837

Matt - July 25, 2011 Reply

I really like the small tumbleweed homes, etc, but there is something about this caboose that I love. I don’t know what it is though. Painted bead board? curved roof? Patina? Raised panel door? None of those things alone would make a tumbleweed home as cozy as the caboose, but maybe all of them together would work.

Perhaps it is simple a matter of form following function. I think that it would be cool to sit up in that cupola and read a book.

Thanks for the inspiration, now, what to do about it?

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    There are many “cabeese” around the country for sale. Go for it, Matt. And yes, especially in the winter, I love to sit up in the cupola with a good book.

Tim - July 25, 2011 Reply

I absolutly love this, I could see myself living in something like this, maybe an additional car attached to the back for my wood working/workshop area, yea I could live in it like that. Very nice Marcia, you have a fantastic home…

Rosemary H - July 25, 2011 Reply

Hi Girlfriend – great article, Marcia! Ms. Nellemann captured the beauty of the caboose. One of these days we’ll get up there to visit. See you next week in NJ!

Meg - July 25, 2011 Reply

Marcia,you did a fantastic job. The caboose is even better in person. Beautiful and relaxing, sitting on the deck with you Mom and Cathie was very nice.

jenn - July 25, 2011 Reply

LOVE this! It looks like such a nice cozy place. I’ve been thinking about getting a train car for a studio/office space for a few years now. Would love to see more of this stuff on here.

Susan Lavoie - July 25, 2011 Reply

I stayed in a caboos at a place in Amish country Pennsylvania called “The Red Caboose.” It had a living area on one side of the cupola with a potbelly stove and the bedroom on the other side. The bathroom and small hallway were under the cupola.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I know where you mean – I stayed there once also. It’s called the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, PA. They have several cabooses for rent.

Angie - July 25, 2011 Reply

I love this. It looks so cozy and just invites curling up and reading a book or three.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Hi Krystal,
    I’ll try to send more pix of the cupula. I jokingly refer to it as “the library”, since I climb up there to read often. Thanks for your response.

Iryssa - July 25, 2011 Reply

LOVE this…so beautiful! I would love to live in a place like this (only I might have to turn one of the bunks into bookcases, because happiness, for me, includes being surrounded by books).

This will be one of those posts I keep coming back to, I promise you!

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you Iryssa. I have made it a point to only allow 6 books inside at a time. Once they are read, they must go, and I can get six more. It’s all about keeping the space open and uncluttered for me.

Alycia - July 25, 2011 Reply

I love the caboose house. It’s adorable and looks comfortable. I was wondering if there might be a tiny closet tucked away somewhere? I’m from northeastern PA as well and am so excited to hear about someone living the dream so close by!

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for your feedback. There is a closet of sorts that I purchased at Lowe’s and I have drawers across from the table, which also houses my computer and TV is on wall. I welcome visitors if you are in the area. I’m about 35 miles north of Scranton.

Lynne H - July 25, 2011 Reply

Marcia, this is beautiful! It seems that those tiny homes that are nicely decorated make a big difference when you transition to a smaller space. Yours is one of the best I have seen so far. The colors are cheerful and bright. I am trying to picture the layout of the caboose. Is the kitchen across from the alcove/table? Also wondering if you work from home. I wonder what working and living in a tiny home would be like. I seem to accumulate lots of papers, drawings, books, magazines, etc.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Thank you Lynne for your comments. The kitchen is to the right and left of the back door, looking at it from the middle bunks.The whole thing is 27 feet long and sort of divided into three areas (living room area with table, then the two middle bunks, kitchen at the other end. The cupola has 4 built-in seats – two sets across from each other, open in center to floor. The bathroom is to the left of the bunks. I’ll post more pix if that is allowed.

      Tim - July 25, 2011 Reply

      Is the cupola big enough to stand up in?

        Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

        Yes, Tim. Well, I’m 5’3″”. I think there’s probably about 6′ head room.

Krystal - July 25, 2011 Reply

Really, really nice caboose! I wish I could see more of that top seating area where the ladder steps are though! It looks so nice as far as I can tell. 🙂

alice - July 25, 2011 Reply

Oh, oh, oh! That is so wonderful! I wanted to live in a caboose many years ago, didn’t work out for me but it’s great to see someone else make the dream a reality.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Hi Alice,
    Thanks for your compliments. As a child I read and loved “The Boxcar Children”, and I think I just filed it somewhere in the back of mind and it just popped out 50 years later. I now have the whole set of the books, which I just read recently.

      ginmar - July 26, 2011 Reply

      Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Cozy, looks inviting, and bright and cheery besides. Is there storage under the little dinette seat?

        Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

        Thank you. Yes, there is storage under the seat. It lifts up. Also under all four bunks. I am hoping to have drawers put in the bunks, since it’s a little awkward to lift the lids with mattresses on them.

          ginmar - July 26, 2011 Reply

          That’s a very good point. Or maybe little sliding doors so you could put larger items in? I used to live in this old, old, old wonderful flat that had built ins all over, and over the built-in closet was a cupboard with sliding doors. No need to pull anything out.

Moontreeranch - July 25, 2011 Reply

Here in Colorado you can rent a caboose night or two or more at strawberry park hot springs..

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    If I ever get to CO, I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for your response.

      Tim - July 25, 2011 Reply

      I am on the eastern slope, I may have to come over your way and check that out…

Gary Long - July 25, 2011 Reply

Wonderful, Marcia! My wife and I love the layout of the space. Could you tell me what the width is of the caboose? Also, I’m not clear on the location of the bathroom, is it in the section that the kitchen is? Where is the refridgerator and the washer/dryer? Thanks for any response you can give me.

    Marcia Weber - July 25, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Gary. The bathroom is an addition to the left of the kitchen/middle bunks. It is 6’x12′ and the washer and dryer are in the bathroom (stackable). As the caboose is 8 feet wide and the doors are only 26″ wide, we put a window in the bath that can be taken out if I have to replace the washer or dryer. The refrigerator is across from the stove in what used to be the original toilet space. Just took the door off. Found all the appliances on line, since they are small.

Diane - July 25, 2011 Reply

Swoon! Love it… thanks for sharing!

Darlene - July 25, 2011 Reply


Your home is just beautiful — Lovely everything!

Dawn - July 25, 2011 Reply

Lovely, fantastic, warm, happy…those are just some of the words I think of when I look at your home! Glad you’re living a dream!

Randy - July 25, 2011 Reply

Incredible job, Marcia! Take a bow! 🙂

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - July 25, 2011 Reply

That is just lovely! You have decorated it so nicely. What a wonderful way to live.

Craig - July 25, 2011 Reply

OMG! It sleeps four, has a bath, a kitchen, a reading nook, a desk, a deck, and a yard…what more could one want?

Regarding the far and what mode of transport was used?

How much additional for the excellent refurbish and interior decoration?

I am seriously considering a tiny house in the very near future, but a caboose would be the ultimate for me an my three kiddos!

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Craig, it was probably about 150 miles to move to the nearest siding (14 miles away). The initial cost was included in the purchase price. The 14 miles was included in the track laying/moving price.I have done all the refurbishing myself on the inside, do all the painting, and have found a wonderful contractor where I live who has the same visions as I. So far I’ve probably put somewhere around $10,000 into renovations over 35 years. I do the work as $ permit. The septic and well were around $20,000 for both and selling off five acres to my neighbor enabled me to do that. I still have five and he didn’t do anything with the five I sold him.Thanks for your interest.

Ginny - July 25, 2011 Reply

Auntie M, The place looks great! I love that you put pics and the article on this site.

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Gin. The editor of the blog put it together, and I think she did an amazing job!

Gareth UK - July 26, 2011 Reply

Absolutly love this. there are not enough train car to home conversions.

There are some underground carriages in london that have been put on a roof as art studios which are quite funky though 🙂

love the look and feel of your home – you seem to have retain a very period look.

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Gareth. I truly stumbled upon this and it has been important to me to keep its original look as much as possible, while at the same time making it feel like home.

cj - July 26, 2011 Reply

Your home is lovely. So often, when all is original and we take that step back in time, the place will feel stale and stuffy. This is fresh and new. You have a gift. 🙂

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you so much, CJ. It is important to me that my living space, no matter how small, be bright and cheerful. I literally spent two years burning off the original paint and creosote which was probably half an inch thick. If I have been away for a time, I can still smell the creosote when I open the door.

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Irene - July 26, 2011 Reply

I absolutely love your home, the layout, the way it is decorated. I am curious about the land that it is on, if you purchased it with the caboose, later, before, just the overall picture (if it was in the article, I did not see). When you were outfitting the home with heat, as that a long process and did you have to live elsewhere during that time? I also would love to come see at some point if that is okay; I am in central NJ near New Brunswick though I have no idea where Whippany is. Thanks so much.


    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Irene. We had purchased the land the year before as an investment, and then I stumbled upon this when thinking of what to put on the land, since it was 3 hours from my home. The hardest part was finding someone who could put down the track and move it. We were fortunate to find him about 14 miles from where we are. I actually live in Kingsley, PA, about a half hour north of Scranton. I would love to have you visit. My email is: Just let me know. The heat was very simple to install. It’s just three baseboard heaters. Originally, we used the pot belly stove to heat, but when I moved here permanently, I had to take it out for space.

Patricia Wehner - July 26, 2011 Reply

I absolutely love it!!! And finally a tiny home that’s decorated, and doesn’t look like a hippie’s closet!!

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Patricia. I never was a hippie, but I certainly could have been! Decorating anything is my favorite pastime.

      Patricia Wehner - July 27, 2011 Reply

      Me too Marcia! And I can’t wait to decorate a tiny house!! Love yours!

Sandy - July 26, 2011 Reply

Hey Marcia,

Love, love it! Perfect utilization of the space. Do you have a blog with more pictures? As you can our little house fan club is hungry for more pictures!

You have done a wonderful job!

ain't for city gals - July 26, 2011 Reply

Loving your blog..looking forward to reading your past and future posts!

Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

Thank you, Sandy. I’m overwhelmed at the positive comments I have received. I think everyone will be glad that I couldn’t stand those satellite dishes, so I got rid of them and now have cable connection. I don’t know what possessed me!

    Angie - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Neat on getting rid of the dishes. They did look a bit out of place 🙂

TJ - July 26, 2011 Reply

Wonderful home Marcia. The interior photos look warm and cozy. Especially after looking at the snowy exterior photo. Looks like my Chicago winters. Brrr. The gently curved roof really makes it sweet. Lot’s of inspiration for replicating a caboose on a standard trailer. How about two? A boxcar with living room and kitchen. A caboose with bedroom and bath. Shipping containers could also work. Wow! My imagination is in high gear. Thanks for sharing your home.

    Marcia Weber - July 26, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, TJ. Sounds like your imagination is really taking off! Good luck.

chesapeake - July 26, 2011 Reply

Yes, to all of the above positivity! SO wonderful to see a tiny house that is actually decorated for once.

You have my mind whirring right now; have now decided on a curved roof like you have along with a cupola atop my dream tiny house on a trailer home. I’ve never been so inspired, and I have seen literally every tiny house on the web, I assure you!

    Marcia Weber - July 30, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Chesapeake. If I couldn’t decorate it, I probably couldn’t live here.

Daniel - July 26, 2011 Reply


It looks very cozy. I like it. Looks like you use the space very well and each space has a purpose.


    Marcia Weber - July 27, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Daniel. You are right, everything has a place and everything in its place. With such a small space, neatness is a priority.

Claudia - July 26, 2011 Reply

What a charming home! You’ve done a lovely job restoring this caboose. It must be like living in a hug.

Marcia Weber - July 27, 2011 Reply

Thank you Claudia. What a delightful way to put it!

Susan Juetten - July 27, 2011 Reply

Beautiful restoration, and so substantial looking. Great job also, Christina.

I had friends who lived in a caboose in Freestone, CA in the early 70’s. There is something about them…thank you.

Rebecca Knabe - July 27, 2011 Reply

I love it! So cute, Marcia.

And I agree – getting rid of a ton of stuff is very liberating, and being able to clean your place in just minutes is the best feeling ever!

Bryan - July 27, 2011 Reply

I’m taking advantage of this situation to say something that would get me in trouble any other time…

Hey lady, you’ve got a real nice caboose.

Ana Maria - August 1, 2011 Reply

In one word: WONDERFUL!

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Stacy - August 1, 2011 Reply

What a dream of a home you have:-) It is a study in love and comfort! Thank you so much for sharing:-)


    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Stacy. I’m overwhelmed by the positive comments I have received. Kudos also to Christine who first asked me about this and put together such a great blog!

Ross M. - August 1, 2011 Reply

I love love love it… I cant even begin to explain just how jealous I am… it looks fabulous!

    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Ross. Go get yourself one! Not as complicated as you might think.

Mary Swalla Holmes - August 1, 2011 Reply

Thanks for the inspiration! We have a caboose that looks very similar on an island in Rainy Lake. Much debate about what to do with it, whether it could be a space for guests (we are a non-profit retreat center). Now I can see the potential!

    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Mary.Where is Rainy Lake? I’d love to see photos.

James - August 1, 2011 Reply

Very cool. How did they transport it to the site originally, on a big flatbed trailer? Also have you considered mounting the satellite dishes on a pole or something else away from the trailer and just running a cable over to the trailer? They don’t really go with the otherwise classic look of the trailer.

    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, James. You’ll be happy to know that I got rid of the satellite dishes as soon as I could. I now have local telephone co. cable. Yes, they moved the wheel base out on one flatbed, followed by the box.

jason - August 1, 2011 Reply

Hi Marcia,
35 miles north of Scranton sounds like a fun motorcyle ride from here ( 15 miles south of Scranton) Of course, I imagine that you have a backlog of folks who want to visit by now! Great job with the caboose. I love what you have done with it. My wife and I are building a small house, and we are at the finishing stages.. using a lot of beadboard which definitely adds a touch of character as it does with your caboose. Let me know if you have posted more pics.. thanks for sharing your home with us!

    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Jason. You are more than welcome to bring the motorcycle up for a visit. Just email me to set a date.

Jason in So Cal - August 1, 2011 Reply

Beautiful! I would love to have one in Arts and Crafts style!

    Marcia Weber - August 1, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jason in So Cal, Thanks for your comments. You could do the interior of any caboose in any style you wish. Being a female, I go for a slightly more feminine look. Every dream is possible. Just go after it!

Cindy Sutton - August 1, 2011 Reply

It is just too awesome!! Wish there were some pictures of the cupola. I was married in 1975 and my dream was to own and live in a caboose!!
4 children later, my husband and I never did buy one. It is wonderful to see someone that actually did it and loves it. I am happy for you!!

Laurie - August 1, 2011 Reply

This caboose home is adorable. I love what you’ve done with it. It is so quaint and it is all one really needs.

Bev - August 1, 2011 Reply

It’s lovely! My long term goal is to live in my own tiny home and this is such a charming home! You have done such a wonderful job with it! I wish you many years of peace and comfort!

Tania in NY - August 2, 2011 Reply

I discovered your house through my Craft newsletter this morning. That is so awesome, I love everything you’ve done with it. I was thinking the kitchen would be absolutely minuscule, but it’s not that bad. I’ve been researching using shipping containers as houses but, after seeing what you’ve done, I think I’ll have to add cabooses and other railway vehicles to my list. Wonder if my cats would like it?

    Marcia Weber - August 4, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Tania.

    Heather - August 8, 2011 Reply

    I suspect cats would love all the windows and I know mine would spend 95% of their time in the cupola!

Luciane Dalpiaz - August 2, 2011 Reply

Muito bonito.. Adorei tudo, ainda mais por ser uma vagão! 🙂

    Marcia Weber - August 4, 2011 Reply

    I wish I understood Spanish!

    mjcmartin - August 12, 2012 Reply

    It’s Portuguese, and it says:

    Very pretty. I love everything about it, even more so because it’s a caboose!

Errol - August 2, 2011 Reply

I have ridden many miles attached to freight trains in one of these on the Bangor & Aroostook R.R. in Maine. This version was replace with ones made from “troop car” used during WWII. The newer ones had the cupola removed and protrusions built out on the sides so you could keep an eye on your train ahead. They were longer and better riding than your home. I’m not positive but I think they were 45 feet long. Errol

Tara - August 2, 2011 Reply

I read this post at work where they block all pictures and had to use my imagination at what it looked like until I got home–I was not disappointed! My imagination didn’t even do your caboose justice. Thank you so much for sharing, you have inspired hundreds!

nancy - August 2, 2011 Reply

How cute! And lots of natural light, a big bonus…

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selinao - August 3, 2011 Reply


I absolutely love it. U are so creative as well.
Really like to colors u used for your decor.


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selinao - August 3, 2011 Reply

I absolutely love your place. The colors are so vibrant.
I would like to see more of your bathroom. Thanks for sharing.


Jamie - August 3, 2011 Reply

That first winter must have been a doozy without indoor plumbing! Your home is decorated beautifully, and what a great use of an old caboose. I had a record as a kid that played a song called “Little Red Caboose,” and it makes me nostalgic looking at these pictures.

    Marcia Weber - August 4, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Jamie. That first winter really was awful, but thank goodness I was able to build the bathroom the following spring.

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Marcia, love what you have done with your “crummy, waycar,or cabin” ,several nick names railroaders call the caboose. About twenty years ago we created a business finding, saving and finding new homes for these pieces of transportation history. We just shipped one to the UK. Based at an old Rock Island RR yard in SE Iowa we have inventory throughout the U.S. We try to move them only once to save shipping costs. I know the above is ‘shameless commerce’,but it helps find creative home for these little guys.Hope I can help. Regards, DJT 641-472-2020

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Melanie - September 25, 2011 Reply

I. Love. This.
My favorite itty-bitty house on this blog. Thanks for sharing!

Mary - October 8, 2011 Reply

I love your little home!! You have everything you need in a comfortable inviting place. Sometimes less is more!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

    Marcia Weber - November 2, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Mary. I’m overwhelmed at the responses to this.

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"Auntie" - October 21, 2011 Reply

Came over from “Hooked On Houses” blog.

This is the greatest tiny house I have seen! Just precious and not giving as much of a cramped feeling, as most give. Lovely and cozy.

Thank you.

Gentle hugs,
“The goldenrod is yellow
The corn is turning brown
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.”

~ Childrens song

Trish - October 21, 2011 Reply

Marcia, I am madly in love with your home! You did an amazing job with it, and the joy and love that you have for it are displayed in every lovely detail. Thank you for sharing it with all of us! I am inspired!

Linnea - October 21, 2011 Reply

This is just awesome! My brother has long been a member of the Branford (CT) Trolley Museum and one of the former members had a caboose that he didn’t fix up too much but slept there on the weekends he worked at the museum. I’m sending this to my brother in the hopes it may inspire him since he’s looking for a new home since his retirement (from the railroad, of course).

    Marcia Weber - November 2, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Linnea. There are “cabeese” for sale on the internet. Also companies who move them. Hope this inspires.

steve - October 21, 2011 Reply

Marcia, I love your little red house…You have a lot of stuff in a small space…you need to come down to the NC mountains and help me redesign the downstairs into a one bedroom apartment for me, so I can rent out the top floor for income… 🙂

    Marcia Weber - November 2, 2011 Reply

    Thanks, Steve. I’m there! I love to design and decorate! Glad you enjoyed it.

Talia - October 21, 2011 Reply

I L.O.V.E your little red house! It is positively charming and has such a welcoming feel to it.

You’ve done a beautiful job!

Roberta - October 21, 2011 Reply

LOVE everything about this little caboose except for the satelite dishes…they are my biggest pet pieve no matter what size the home…ugly and annoying to look at.

    Marcia Weber - November 2, 2011 Reply

    Roberta, you will be happy to know that the satellite dishes are GONE!!! I too, hated them. I now have cable directly into the caboose.

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Stefan - October 22, 2011 Reply

Hey Marcia, I am from Germany and I used to live on a camping ground for about one year. I loved this being-close-to-nature-thing very much and sometimes I do really miss that times…
But your place is awesome!! Like it sooo much!

Jen - October 22, 2011 Reply

This is the most beautiful, creative living space, I adore the idea and what you have done with the caboose.

    Marcia Weber - November 2, 2011 Reply

    Thank you so much, Jen. I’m loving all the positive comments.

elizabeth - October 22, 2011 Reply

LOVE this!! It reminds me a lot of the French Gypsy caravans.
Your living space looks very comfortable and so darn cute!!

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Nerida - November 6, 2011 Reply

This really is beautifully decorated.

Thanks so much for all the photos. Many on this site do not show so much of the finished interiors which is a bit disapointing. Your photos really show how you can pack a lot into a small space.

I hope you are happy where you are it really looks like a wonderful space to be in.

    Marcia Weber - November 30, 2011 Reply

    Thank you so much, Nerida. I can’t wait until my 8-mo.-old grandson can climb all over the place. I remember how much my boys loved it when they were little.I’m very happy here.

Margy - November 6, 2011 Reply

I came back to reread you post after you comment on my blog. I can imagine living in a caboose is lots of fun, especially with so much land at your doorstep. In case you haven’t read some of the posts here about my float cabin, here’s a link to one of them. You can find several more under the floating homes category. – Margy

Monica - November 22, 2011 Reply

Very pretty! 🙂 Congratulations!

    Marcia Weber - November 30, 2011 Reply

    Thank you, Monica.

Sharon Roach - December 26, 2011 Reply

I want to want to downsize and live in a caboose. I rode my first train at five and have always loved trains. I have some questions… the photo doesn’t show what is across from your dining table, where is the refrig, toilet, hot water tank, a/c, and where do you put your clothes? Could you please post more photos? Do you have a website? I’ve gotten sooooo excited just looking at your photos. I took my kids on a train ride in Texas (they are now in their 20’s and they love them too. I think it would be so cool for grandma to live in a caboose.

Patti - February 16, 2012 Reply

Absolutely adorable!

William Collier - March 5, 2012 Reply

I think you have done a great job with the caboose. I worked on the Soo Line for 35 years and rode many miles as conductor in the caboose in the winter we burnt coal in a pot bellied stove. They said the wooden caboose was not safe but I liked them better than the steel ones. The kerosene lamp by the desk gave alot of light, when away from home we slept on the long end and under the cupoola using the horse hair pad as mattress. The short end with the sink we put a kerosene stove to cook. The 2 cabinets was used for parts and materials as you know the toilet was a stretch of the imagination. Caboose # we used in our home area was # 9 & 11. Enjoy

Liesl - March 24, 2012 Reply

I love it! Is it possible to see the layout? I am trying to piece it together in my head as I look through the pictures. Love the colors and the bunks – everything. It’s fantastic!

Dawn - April 9, 2012 Reply

I absolutely love, love, love it!!! The whole layout is wonderful, as far as I can tell. I wish you had included a floorplan so as to get a better idea of the layout. It doesn’t seem like all the individual pictures would fit in the space! It’s so roomy! And I really like your decor. Did I calculate correctly-I came up with an 11 X 30? I’m trying to draw up plans for a tiny house that’s around 28 feet long and really like how your’s looks. I might ‘borrow’ some of your ideas, if you don’t mind. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Gabrielle Beasley(AMS Pictures) - June 4, 2012 Reply

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David s - June 12, 2012 Reply

Nice good job excellent

Debbie - August 11, 2012 Reply

What a lovely home you have. It exemplifies the phrase “less is more”.

Rob - September 15, 2012 Reply

Today my family of 3 visited Allaire State Park and rode the tiny gauge railroad, taking caboose in the back for ourselves. It’s painted red on the outside, yellow on the inside, and I absolutely loved it. I wondered what it’d be like to have a whole cottage built into one.

This answers the question beautifully.

I love the upstairs and the rounded edges here and there. Just like what we saw in the caboose today.

Well done.

Eloise - September 19, 2012 Reply

Thank you for the great ideas. We have had a metal caboose with the cupola for years and are now planning on making it a viable office/guest room, so do appreciate your photos. Our first project is tearing out the interior to insulate it for our New Jersey winters! Do you happen to have a rough layout of your space? Thank you.

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Linda M - March 17, 2013 Reply

Precious! Well done.

Deborah Wilmoth - March 29, 2013 Reply

That is an awesome house-caboose. My late husband and I were railfans and I still am. I always wanted to buy a caboose and fix it up to stay in as a vacation cabin or otherwise. I’ve stayed overnight in Pennsylvania in a caboose at a motel. It was great and I had fun. We knew of an author and his family that lived in a caboose out in British Columbia, Canada…in fact the family had three cabooses on their property to live in. This author was at a model railroad show in Toronto where we met him. No I am not a Canadian, but I am friends with many Canadians and my girlfriend from the Nanaimo, B.C. area sent me this link. Your home is awesome!

    Marcia Weber - June 1, 2013 Reply

    I’m guessing the motel you stayed in in PA was probably The Caboose Motel in Strasburg. I stayed there for a weekend many years ago. Thank you for your comments.

Courts - April 1, 2013 Reply

I have family that lives near you!!! If we’re ever planning to be in the area anytime soon, we’d love to see your beautiful gem in person! It’s awesome 🙂

Marcia Weber - April 14, 2013 Reply

If you are in the area, I’d love to have you visit. In case you’re interested, my caboose is being featured on HGTV’s “You Live In What?” on April 30 at 5:00 EDT. It first aired on March 31.

Pamela Evenson - October 1, 2013 Reply

I love your home! I have had a caboose home on my mind for a while now….I live in a doublewide mobile home and would love to sell and get me a caboose……could you talk with me about how you did it, how I might could get my dream started and what to expect finacially and emotionally about all of this? what a change it would be for me…but I need a change in my life…I am divorced, my children are grown and i want to simplify my life now. I would love my own little nest of a caboose! Thank you! Pam Evenson

    Marcia Weber - November 7, 2013 Reply

    Hi Pam, if you want to email me, I could probably help steer you in the right direction. It sounds like we are in the same boat. There are cabooses for sale, and they’re not that hard to find. Start by checking on line.

Dave Peterson - October 8, 2013 Reply

Did you buy this caboose from a party in Eau Claire, WI? Our group owned 3 and sold them about the time you purchased yours. If so, I may have photos of yours in the yard in St Paul, MN.

    Marcia Weber - November 7, 2013 Reply

    My caboose was one of 14 for sale and was purchased at Tunerville Station in Whippany, NJ. They all were from the Soo Line, but I’m not sure how they got there. My number is 19073.

maggie davis (yes all lowercase) - November 12, 2013 Reply

how lovely, Marcia. good for you.
i serve at-risk animals in a variety of ways, and i love and have lived in tiny houses. years ago i built and lived in an off grid litte cabin constructed from recycled materials collected from old barns and junkyards and off trucks –this before the TH movement began.
my dream is that a group of tiny house animal lovers would lease land together (land trust in Downeast Maine? or another site in New England?) and live in their THs on the land. the common thread? benefiting old, ill, special needs, at-risk dogs and cats they lived with (and any other animal who stumbled upon us who could use our services) healing and sustenance via gentle natural means.
those individuals who were sympathetic and able to offer support would do that. this would be a simple, not necessarily spartan, lifestyle, as much off grid as we could make it. we would not spend or expand beyond our means. no debt!
i’ve googled, but as far as i know no animal centered TH community exists. what do you think? imagine communities like this springing up everywhere for the sake of our deserving voiceless friends.

Ivan Gonzalez - January 2, 2014 Reply

Wonderful! i love it, i wish i could live there too 🙂 Have you thought of painting a custom logo or writting on the sides? Like : Marcia Central railroad? or, Weber & Southern Lines, it would be cool and very original =)

    Marcia Weber - January 12, 2014 Reply

    interesting idea.

John - January 15, 2014 Reply

Podéis ver un original alojamiento de turismo rural sobre antiguos vagones de tren de los años 50 en este enlace;

You can see an original housing accommodations on old railroad cars of the 50s in the link above

Amanda - February 1, 2014 Reply

This is incredible! You did an amazing job-you can really see the love you put into making it a home. I am recently divorced and wish I could find a home like this set myself up in. Beautiful!

    Marcia Weber - April 21, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Amanda. I hope you find something that you will love as much as I love my caboose.

Chiara - February 7, 2014 Reply

I like the rational separation. Love the small sofa with desk. Orientexpress vibe 🙂 Great job.

    Marcia Weber - April 21, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Chiara. The “sofas” are actually bunks that have storage inside.

Donna - March 25, 2014 Reply

It is perfect….love what you have done and the peace and contentment has got to be priceless. Just found a caboose yesterday, it is within a couple miles of some retirement property I have bought and I am going to try to duplicate your genius. Would also be interested in a train car for a diner in close by small town…..what fun…wish me luck…..Donna

    Marcia Weber - April 21, 2014 Reply

    I wish you luck, Donna, and thank you for the kind comments.

Mike Carpenter - October 13, 2014 Reply

Great job, would like one for myself, would make a watch repair shop and living space you are a lucky woman

Vince Brunette - May 27, 2015 Reply

I love to talk to you about the plumbing since I’ll be doing the same thing with the caboose I just bought

Bob - July 20, 2015 Reply

Lived in a caboose 10 years now, just south of you by 1 1/2 hours from yours. If they mean the city of Northeast. Love to chat and share

Mike Polsgrove - January 5, 2016 Reply


I’m very jealous I’d love to own a Soo caboose. I’m a member of the Soo Line Historical and Technical Society and I’m trying to make a list of all preserved Soo Line cabooses.

Do you have the original road number of the caboose? My guess, based on the ladder configuration, is that it was originally built by American Car and Foundry (AC&F) for the Wisconsin Central in 1908, in a series of 50 cabooses numbered 152 to 201.

The Wisconsin Central was purchased by the Soo Line in 1909 which is probably where the 1909 date came from. The Soo renumbered these cabooses to the 99046 to 99095 very shortly after the merger. If you have either the WC or Soo Line number, I’d really appreciate it.

The roof configuration and window configuration is important for my roster. These are visible from your photo but I need the actual car number. The car number was on the side of the car, possibly above the end doors and possibly cast on the side of the trucks.

Depending on the actual number, I might be able to supply some diagrams, more history and possibly a photo of it in service.

Thanks so much! Mike

Barb Hanna - June 8, 2016 Reply

You made a cozy home, it was nice to see what imagination can do. Love it! I am going to downsize from a smaller home, ready for freedom and less cleaning! Thanks for allowing me to visit.

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