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1926 C&O Caboose 90853

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Caboose with the brick patio and hobo fire pit


Last updated: 11/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • 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.


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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 double

            Small daybed in front room...moreless

          • 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

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


          • The small bathroom has a shower and pedestal sink. Wrought iron fixtures add to the theme of a caboose. Even though the bathroom is only 10 square feet (5x5) it serves well and is efficient. The demand water heater assures plenty of hot water....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • 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


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Dish Network TV...moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Botanical Garden
              • Caves
              • Forests
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Mountain:

                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

              • Rural:

                The caboose is on three acres in the country with my cabin. It is private. Several other houses are visible. This is an area of farms and rural countryside....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Tubing


              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 2 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                There is a central AC system...moreless

              • Basic Soaps
              • Firewood
              • Free Local Calls
              • Heating:

                Mr Slim Heat pump...moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                linens are provided...moreless

              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone
              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                Towels are provided...moreless


              • 2 Ring Stove
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils:

                I have chosen Fiesta Ware dishes...moreless

              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                The galley is small...moreless

              • Kitchenette
              • Microwave
              • Mini Refrigerator
              • Oven:

                The Kitchen Aide microwave has a convection oven...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                An apartment sized fridge is about as big as the space allows...moreless

              • Stove:

                There is a two burner gas stove...moreless

              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Balcony
              • Barbecue
              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill:

                There is a gas grill on the patio...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Patio
              • Terrace
              • Yard

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card


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                  Last updated: 11/13/2014
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                  35 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Interstate 81 interchange
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Pink Cadillac Diner

                  Car: Necessary

                  Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a scenic wonder. Nearby is the Virginia Safari Park and the Natural Bridge Zoo. The Washington-Jefferson National Forest is in the area. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are close by, as well. Historic Lexington is where Gen. Lee and Stonewall Jackson lived, The Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University are here. Day trips to Monticello, Appomattox, Poplar Forest, Skiing at Wintergreen or Massanuttin or visit the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke. Many of Virginia's Wineries are in range for day trips. Canoeing or tubing are popular local activities. The canoe livery is in Buchanan-about 10 miles. Goshen pass is a natural wonder.

                  Other Activities: Railroad Museums in Roanoke (O. Winston Link Museum)Transportation Museum)

                  Golf: Vista Links in Buena Vista is a new and popular public golf facility only about 15 minutes. The world famous Homestead courses are only an hour away.

                  Ski: Skiiing at Massanutten, Bryce, Wintergreen and The Homestead about an hour away.


                  Owner info

                  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 of 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

                    Caboose with the brick patio and hobo fire pit

                  • Bedroom and hall

                    Bedroom and hall

                  • Front Room with day bed, TV-DVD, Wave radio-CD

                    Front Room with day bed, TV-DVD, Wave radio-CD

                  • Galley and front room

                    Galley and front room

                  $175 per night (USD)

                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 11/13/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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                  Member since: 1998
                  Speaks: english
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