Santa Fe Caboose #1323

Santa Fe Caboose #1323 (HMGZC)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.524', W 119° 1.266'

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The caboose was an office, a lookout, and a home away from home for a train crew.

In the days before automatic air brakes, the engineer signaled the caboose with his whistle when he wanted to slow down or stop. A brakeman would then climb out of the caboose and make his way forward, twisting the brake wheels atop the cars with a stout club. Another brakeman riding in the engine would work his way toward the rear. Once the train stopped, the flagman would walk back to a safe distance behind the railroad cars with lanterns and flags to stop any approaching trains.

Once under way, the trainmen would sit up in the cupola of the caboose and watch for smoke or other signs of trouble.

This 1923 caboose served the Santa Fe Railroad in the southwestern states. The Santa Fe Railroad donated the caboose in 1956.
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HM NumberHMGZC
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Placed ByKern County Museum
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 4:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316442 N 3918398
Decimal Degrees35.39206667, -119.02110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.524', W 119° 1.266'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 31.44" N, 119° 1' 15.96" W
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Area Code(s)805, 661, 310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3505 Chester Ave, Bakersfield CA 93301, US
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