18-Foot Caboose Style Tiny House – Before & After - Tiny House Blog

18-Foot Caboose Style Tiny House – Before & After

Are you a railroad and train enthusiast? You’ll love this darling caboose-inspired tiny house! In the below video, take a look inside the build to see how space-efficient ideas were brought to life in the completed caboose tiny house. Friesian Woodcrafters built it for the family-run sister business of Tiny Digs Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Arthur is one of the numerous themed tiny houses on wheels available for rent there.

The Arthur caboose-style tiny house is named after Tiny Digs Hotel owner Pam Westra’s grandfather, a life-long railroad enthusiast. Every inch is thoughtfully laid out for rail car realism, living space functionality, and classy train-lover decor. It’s just 18-feet long, but can impressively sleep up to four with the queen bed-sized loft and a pull-out couch.

“As a rolling office and living quarters, the caboose was equipped with a desk, restroom, water supply, stove, heater, bed and even an icebox. And, of course, all sorts of supplies from oil cans to red signal flags, lanterns and extra lantern fuel. It was the rolling HQ for the train!”

-Rosenburg Railroad Museum

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Tiny House Special Features for Railroad Enthusiasts: 

  • Exterior utilities are hidden under decorative luggage–it looks like a mini train platform
  • Metal front porch with wheel, as seen on classic cabooses
  • Conductor’s desk with electrified kerosene lamp
  • Small railroad spikes used for hooks throughout for cups, toilet paper holder, towel rack, etc.
  • Metal back porch
  • Coat rack made from small spikes railroad ties with engraved dates
  • Rail line map
  • Lantern night lights

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