Coach-Cabooses (Combooses)

“The coach-caboose, a combined caboose and passenger car, found a place on the NAR in the late 1930s. Initially it was used for crews who went out on a freight and returned on a passenger train or vice versa. On the passenger train it replaced the need for a standard caboose.”

“The coach-caboose, sometimes called a ‘comboose’, provided living quarters for the train crew while they were away from their home terminal. It would be taken out of the train’s consist at the end of its crew’s trip and parked in the yard where the crew ate and slept until the arrival of their return assignment.”

Colin Hatcher, *Northern Alberta Railways*, Vol 1, p.6; Vol 2, p. 21


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All visitors are reminded that this is an industrial site and that proper footwear is necessary. Please obey all warning signs, DO NOT CLIMB on the equipment and pay attention to uneven entrances in display cars. Visitors ride on equipment at their own risk.


The Museum supports the efforts of Canada’s railways to promote safety. We highly recommend that our guests also visit the Operation Lifesaver website. There you’ll find more information about rail safety, including in-person presentations, videos, and other resources.


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