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Auto-Train caboose # 91 was a converted Florida East Coast 40' boxcar that had been converted by the railroad into a bay-window caboose, which auto-train then reconfigured by removing the side bay windows and adding a cupola to the roof.

Image: Stan Jackowski

Auto-Train Corporation Caboose


Cabooses were needed for the train's flagmen after the decision was made to put the passenger cars ahead of the auto carriers. Before that, the flagmen simply rode in the passenger cars.

The cabooses were also needed after the train became so popular that the train was split in two sections -- one passenger and one auto carrier -- and run five minutes apart.

Seen here at Sanford, FL, circa 1974

Image: Carl W. Schmidt, courtesy of his son Tom Schmidt

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