This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a few days out of town with my wife to semi-celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. She has some friends that live just outside Merced, CA in prime dairy country in the California central valley.
There’s a lot of train activity in the area. It’s pretty common to see BNSF consists on a fairly regular basis in the area, with alot of the action stopping by various farms up and down the valley itself.
It just so happens that I spotted a lone ATSF caboose on a stretch of HWY 140, just on the outskirts of Merced. The aging caboose stands on a single car length of track just west of the now abandoned Mel’s Old West Bar-B-Que in Planda, CA (see map below)
These series of pictures was taken with my Droid Bionic phone on October 22, 2011 at approx 3pm in the afternoon. By noting some of the markings on the car, I think I was able to determine it was built in July of 1979.
For those that like a few additional details, I was able to do an online search and came up with the following:
- Owner: Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe
- AAR Class: Caboose
- AAR Type: M930
- Plate: C
Other than the information above, I came across a 2009 reference stating #999337 was part of a display at the Planada Chamber of Commerce. How it got moved (or when) to it’s current location, I don’t know.