I sure do miss seeing the Caboose at the end of the trains! It was a manned North American railroad car coupled at then end of a freight train. They provided shelter for crew at the end of a train who were long required for switching and shunting and they also kept a lookout for load shifting, damage to equipment and cargo and overheating axles.
In the 1980’s the Caboose became a thing of the past. With modern technology such as lineside defect detectors and FRED = Flashing Rear End Device, they were able to reduce crew personnel and phase out the caboose.
Now the caboose are generally only used on rail maintenance or hazardous materials trains, or on heritage and tourist railroads.
Happy Friday Smiles friends!
Hugz Blondie and Boo Bear