Known as an M-5 Cupola, this caboose originated in 1942 as a Pullman Standard boxcar and was converted for use as a caboose in 1966 in Waycross. It was retired from regular service as an SCL/LN Caboose in 1980.
The restoration was the Eagle Scout project of Joseph Keys, Jr., of Pittsburg, Kansas; it is authentic in details down to the stencil work, identification numbers and paint scheme. The M-5s were the only metal cabooses ever used by ACL before its merger with Seaboard; they were wooden throughout the bulk of the fabled railroad’s history. Cabooses like this were among the earliest my father worked at the beginning of his career as a conductor, and he shared many memories of them when we visited this relic in Fitzgerald recently.