1926 C&O Caboose 90853
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Natural Bridge cabin description
My C&O Caboose is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near Natural Bridge and Lexington. It is a restored 'woody' caboose which was retired from the C&O railroad in the late 1970's after more than 60 years of service as the quarters for train crews in the coal fields of West Virginia. It has undergone extensive renovation and now is a unique vacation rental near the beautiful Natural Bridge and the historic valley town of Lexington. I have the exterior restored to what the car probably looked like in the 1930's. The interior has been extensively renovated to include a bedroom with double sized captains bed with memory foam mattress and drawers built into it's base. This bed was custom made for the caboose by an Amish furniture maker in Ohio. The bath has a shower and pedestal sink and is located under the original cupola which is still accessible via rungs on the wall of the hall. Smaller children might like to go up here or even sleep up in the cupola. 'All Aboard!!! Tom
Memories are made in this beautiful area!!: Your visit to this beautiful area of Virginia and the Caboose will be one you will remember and cherish. There are many activities in the Rockbridge County area and many day trips should be planned as well. Cave Mountain Lake in the National Forest is always a pleasure in the Summer. Fishing in the National Forest, on the James River or at Lake Robertson Is a popular activity. Virginia Safari Park is 2 miles. Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge Caverns are 2 miles. Day trips to Montecello in Charlottesville, or Appomattox and of course Lexington are popular. Hiking on our many trails including the Appalachain Trail appeals to many of our guests. Others enjoy the Blue Ridge parkway or the WWII memorial in Bedford 30 minutes away. The O. Winston Link Museum contains many wonderful photographs and items from the era of steam on the Norfolk and Western Railroad and is only 40 minutes away in Roanoke. The Museum of Transportation in Roanoke has wonderful steam locomotives to view.
Historic Lexington is 10 minutes: Lexington has great restaurants, historic sites, carriage rides, tours, Civil war sites are nearby. Robert E. Lee Chapel and Museum, Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall museum, VMI Cadet parades at 4 pm on Fridays, cadet museum etc. Cyrus McCormick Farm and workshop at Steeles Tavern. Wades Mill nearby here is popular.
C&O Railroad Historical Society: Clifton Forge -about 40 minutes has the C&O Historical Society headquarters and museum. Roanoke-35 miles has the O.Winston Link museum of steam train era memorabilia. Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke has much to see with it's extensive collection of steam era. engines and equipment.
- 200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- The captain's bed is double size and has a memory foam mattress, There are drawers built under the bed to conserve space. The front room has a narrow day bed. Drawer unit under it has kitchen items stored here. The galley is also here and has a two burner gas stove top, fridge, and convection microwave. There is a Bose wave radio and flat screen tv with satellite dish (Dish Network). This remodel of a 1926 caboose is a work of love and is a special place. Many guests comment on the detail work that has gone into making a small 200 square foot space comfortable. I have tried to use the space as efficiently as possible and to make the space seem uncrowded. Most of the pictures, books, cd's, and dvd's are railroad related. I hope you will want to stay in unique surroundings. Thanks, Tom Bradshaw...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The caboose is small, only about 200 square feet. I have made every effort to use all the space effectively and to make it comfortable. The brick patio has a gas grill, a gas hobo fire, and railroad depot type benches. There are railroad type lanterns to light the patio in the evening. Children may be able to sleep up in the cupola- it is only 5 feet by five feet and 2 feet high. The daybed can be used by one person but it is only 2 feet wide. Small children should plan on bringing their sleeping bags. If you have questions, call me. I am available until 8PM!...moreless
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Autumn Foliage
- Winery Tours
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
The caboose is on three acres in the country with my log cabin. It is landscaped so that it is separated from the cabin by large landscape plants and trees. It is private but is not remote. ...moreless
sports and adventure activities
- Water Tubing
- Fly Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Free Local Calls
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Coffee Maker
- Mini Refrigerator
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils:
- 2 Ring Stove
ReviewsWrite a review
The Caboose was amazing! Tom’s attention to detail is incredible; train DVDs, books, photos, etc. It is located very close to all of the major attractions in Natural Bridge. My husband loved the fire pit on the patio. My 3-year old son cried when we left, and has asked to go back every day since we left. We will hopefully be going back soon.
- Guest workinhd (Virginia)
- Date of stay 08/08/08
- Review Submitted 08/16/08
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Loved, Loved, Loved the Caboose!!
Loved, Loved, Loved the Caboose!!
We called at 1:00 on a Sat. for Sat arrival and Tom was able to get the Caboose ready for us! What a fun experience!! From sleeping in a caboose, to smores in the fire pit, and the vist from Jingles, everything was great! Perfect location for trips to Natural Bridge, the zoo, and safari park.
- Guest Sonia C.
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 07/20/12
Owner response: The caboose is a special work of love and is well located near the arttractions and only 15 minutes from Lexington!
Delightful weekend for TWO
Delightful weekend for TWO
Had a restful time and enjoyed it all. Espically the evenings on the patio with the fire going. Exploring Lexington was fun. Lots of shops and just past town are two antique malls that are enjoyable to check out! We had a super time and will be back . I almost hate to tell our friends how neat the weekend but I will !
- Guest Carol O.
- Date of stay 05/11/12
- Review Submitted 05/14/12
Owner response: The caboose has a nice paved patio with a cast iron stew pot for wood fires and a gas hobo fire pit. The wood is under the large poplar tree behind the railroad crossing sign. There is a gas grill on the patio for cookouts! Historic Lexington is just 15 minutes up Lee Highway and has many historic sites to see. Natural Bridge is 2 miles and the Safari park is two miles. I am glad Carol liked my unique vacation rental this past weekend.
Our stay at the Caboose was awesome. A truly relaxing experience for my husband and I and a dream come truly for our four year-old son. The Caboose is very accomodating (inside and out) and the surround area is tranquil and serene.
- Guest familyofthree (North Carolina)
- Date of stay 06/15/11
- Review Submitted 06/22/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway.
My husband is an avid train & trolley hobbyist and as a surprise I booked the caboose for his 65th birthday weekend. The moment we arrived the RR signal lights started blinking! Walk up to the patio and you will see RR lanterns, luggage cart, even caboose birdhouses! Inside was very cozy, very clean, and so cute but historical too! Everything was there that you would need, even a coffee pot, coffee and filters! A nice little stove, micro and small refrig was there if you wanted to cook but we chose to go to several nice restaurants in Lexington, a beautiful town. Tom also had train CDs to play on the Boise, train DVDs, a satellite flat screen TV, and lots of train books too. Everything top notch here! You will love it!
- Guest Carol (Stevens, PA)
- Date of stay 06/17/11
- Review Submitted 06/21/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
We heard about the caboose from another mom at our son's school and knew we just had to go. Our 4 year old son is train crazy and we thought this would be a great surprise trip. When we arrived, the motion sensored Rail Road Crossing sign began blinking and the look on our son's face was just priceless. The patio area was charming with it's lighting provided by old fashioned oil lamps, and caboose birdhouses with baby birds inside! We walked inside and the interior was just as wonderful as the exterior. There's quite a bit packed into this small space! The bed was very comfortable, the shower HOT, and all the train books, pictures and furnishings were very interesting. The caboose itself is in a peaceful location with large grassy areas all around, and a horse farm behind. There is plenty to do close by - Natural Bridge, Foamhenge, the Safari Park, Caverns and so on. Don't miss the Pink Cadillac Diner for a great breakfast! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning in the fall! Thanks Tom and Faye for sharing such a wonderful place to stay for train lovers, big and small!
- Guest Doug & Susan (Charlotte Hall, MD -- USA)
- Date of stay 05/20/11
- Review Submitted 05/24/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
We had a great time at the caboose. Our two grandkids, both 3 years old, visited with us. They were excited enough with the caboose not to plan anything else. However, we all enjoyed Natural Bridge and especially the Virginia Safari.
- Guest Joyce & Charles Cale (Suffolk, VA)
- Date of stay 05/24/10
- Review Submitted 05/24/10
Thanks Tom for the wonderful place to stay. You did a fantastic job renovating and modernizing the caboose! It had everything we needed and we enjoyed building fires on the patio at night. The Natural Bridge/Lexington area was a great place to visit, lots to do with a small town atmosphere!
- Guest Ryan and Liz (Hagerstown, MD)
- Date of stay 05/17/10
- Review Submitted 05/17/10
We just returned from the Caboose and wow - what a cool place to stay. The kids loved it. And they loved Jingles who came to visit quite frequently. Lots to do in the area too.
- Guest Sharon128 (Westminster, MD)
- Date of stay 05/05/10
- Review Submitted 05/05/10
Tom, had a great time! My son said he wanted to stay there for a year!! He loved the loft. Was only able to stay a day, just didnt have enough time to do what we wanted to do. Will love to come back again or to your nice cabin next door. So many things to do in the area, really need a good week. Thank you
- Guest Eric and Brianna (Harpers Ferry, WV)
- Date of stay 04/20/10
- Review Submitted 04/20/10
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- Nearest Airport: Roanoke at 35 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Interstate 81 interchange at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Pink Cadillac Diner at 2 Miles
About the owner: I have had vacation rental properties for more than 20 years. I graduated from VMI and served in the Army. I returned to Lexington in 1971 after graduating from photography school. My wife and I ran a studio and frame shop for 30 years and now manage our rental properties. I grew up in Blackstone Virginia and we live near the caboose in Natural Bridge. My wife is a native of Rockbridge County and is active in the vacation rentals.
Why the Owner Chose Natural Bridge:
About ten years ago I was watching a PBS program which featured lighthouses and during that program there was an interview with a lady who was active in restoring a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. When asked why she wanted to restore a lighthouse she answered 'everybody loves a lighthouse and a caboose!' That gave me the idea to get a caboose and restore it for use as a unique vacation rental. Taking the 'Tiny House' idea and adapting it to the restoration of a rail car appealed to me. This project proves that a small space of under 200 square feet can be made livable and enjoyable.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I grew up in the era of steam engines on the railroad and the idea of having a caboose from the era of steam is exciting to me. Adapting an old rail car to modern living is an experiment that has proven successful. I approached the project asuming that I would use the best possible materials, fixtures and equipment. Many features had to be specialy ordered. The bed was custom made by Amishmen in Ohio. The memory foam mattress was made by Danny Troyer in Holmes County Ohio. The Galley was custom made in New York to fit through the narrow doorway. The heating and cooling system is a Mr. Slim by Mitsubishi. The demand water heater is by Precision Temp and made for upper end motor coaches. The patio lanterns were ordered as oil fixtures and electrified for the project. The roofing material is acrylic impregnated fabric by Resource Conservation Technologies. The steel entry stairs were fabricated locally by Merrick welding. The railroad crossing sign and lights were a major project. The sign on the sides fo the car were painted using a stencil made to exact specifications from engineering drawings obtained from the C&O historical society. The marker lamps on the car are reproduction marker lamps which I electrified. The pictures of cabooses in action came from the C&O Historical Society.
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Caboose with the brick patio and hobo fire pit
Bedroom and hall
Front Room with day bed, TV-DVD, Wave radio-CD
Galley and front room