For the thirty years the trail of this relic of GBW's past went cold --
despite rumors that it still existed somewhere in the woods of Michigan's Upper
The Green Bay Route used a roster of wood bay
window cabooses from the 1930s onward. In the 1960s most of these
cabooses were either scrapped and replaced with modern steel
or else heavily rebuilt as transfer cabooses.
Caboose #605 avoided the fate of its sisters, having been sold to the Copper
Range Railroad about 1966.
The caboose remained in service on the COPR until the end of operations
in 1972, when it was sold to a Dr. Sabin of Marquette, Mich. For the
next thirty years, the trail of this relic of GBW's past went cold, but rumors
persisted that it still existed, still intact, somewhere in the woods of Michigan's
but evidence was lacking. In the summer of 2004 Eddie Gross of RailroadMichigan.com
found the caboose in Big Bay, Mich., about thirty miles northwest of
The exterior of the caboose is in relatively good shape considering that it
has been over thirty years since it has seen any railroad service, and it still
looks remarkably similar to how it looked during its previous thirty years on
Eddie Gross photos,
July 24, 2004
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