I originally posted this on my old website on the PORTLAND PLACES: Portland Union Station page on May 16, 2010.
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Union Pacific Class CA-4 caboose #25198 was built in November 1944 by the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company in Michigan City, Indiana as #3898. It was renumbered in April 1959. It spent much of its career in local service out of Union Pacific's Albina Yard in Portland.
It was retired on June 11, 1985 and donated to the City of Montpelier, Idaho in March 1986, where it was stored until returning to Albina in 1991.
It was donated to the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association and stored on the Mount Hood Railroad in Hood River, Oregon and in Pasco, Washington. It is now owned by PRPA founder Chris McLarney who repainted it in 2009.
The interior is also in almost entirely original condition, as seen in the photos below.
Also inside the caboose are historical photographs and HO-scale models that depict the caboose's changing appearance over the years.
The caboose is normally stored in Milwaukie, Oregon on the Oregon Pacific Railroad, and was accompanied to Union Station by Oregon Pacific #1202 Walter B. Beebe, which was built in 1953 as Canadian Pacific SW9 #7403 and rebuilt in 1982 as SW1200RSu #1202. The Oregon Pacific acquired it in 2006.
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