McCloud River Railroad
Equipment Roster
Caboose #025

GN #X378 in McCloud, shortly after the McCloud River purchased the car but before it had been repainted. T.E. Glover collection.

The #025 in its second phase of life, with the old four wheel caboose body. Caboose was painted red at this time. Pondosa, CA. Courtesy of Brett Gibson.

The #025's unique appearance after being rebuilt with the new half open body made it a popular photography target for those who found it in Pondosa. The following five photos are of it sitting in the camp on a weekend. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.

In June 1950 a railfan shot these two images of the car from a railfan excursion. Jeff Moore collection.

The #025 and diesel #31 working together on the Burney switcher. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.

#025 in the Burney yard on 27 December 1963 shortly after being repainted red. Larry Russell photo, Jeff Moore collection.

By 1964 the #025 was being stored in the McCloud yard. Jeff Moore collection.

One last view of the #025 in McCloud shortly before its sale to the Yreka Western. Pacific Northwest Virtual Logging Data Center.

The former #025 received a red paint job following its arrival on the Yreka Western. The small road didn't apply a number to the car and only used it for a few special event trains. Jeff Moore collection..

Shortly after a new owner acquired the YW in 1999 they re-painted the caboose, numbered it YW #001, and named it the City of Yreka. The caboose was then added to the YW's excursion train. Photo by and courtesy of Bill Killion.

By the end of 2007 the caboose really started showing its age, which prompted the Yreka Western to rebuild the car in their Yreka shops over the winter of 2007/2008. The work involved stripping the open end of the caboose down to the frame, with steel beams inserted in place of the end beam and under the floor of the porch. The company next installed new deck constructed of 2x6 tongue & groove flooring. The YW could not find a ready supply of V-groove siding, which forced them to use plywood in the rebuild of the short walls around the porch area. This photo shows the caboose on 12 July 2008, immediately after its first run after emerging from the shops. Plans at the time were to install a railing across the top of the new sides, apply a couple additional coats of new paint, and lettering, but the near disappearance of the tiney road's freight traffic prevented most of this work from every getting done. Photo by and courtesy of Larry Tuttle.

In 2012 the YW's corporate parent trucked the #025 to Elgin, Oregon, where they had just secured a contract to operate the Wallowa-Union Railroad. The public agency owning that road terminated the agreement at the end of the 2012 season, and the caboose has been sitting in Elgin ever since. These two views are of the car in August 2019.