Railroad Caboose #A557
on display at the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds was used by the Pere
Marquette Railroad for several decades.
The exact construction date of the caboose is not known, but the caboose
was in service until 1965.
was used as part of the Pere Marquette Railroad’s weighmaster train and served
as the weighmaster’s office. This caboose traveled extensively across the Pere
Marquette system, where a scale test car on the train was responsible for
testing and calibrating scales in the railroad freight yards.
Train Display in Washington
1960s, businessman and railroad enthusiast Bob Owen purchased the former Grand
Trunk Railroad depot in Washington,
MI and had it moved a couple
miles northeast to a location on Van
Dyke Rd. just north of 29 Mile Rd. He used the former depot to operate his sign
point in the mid to late 1960s, Mr. Owen purchased a locomotive, coal tender,
caboose, and an interurban passenger car to make up a train display outside his
putting together the train display, Mr. Owen apparently altered the appearance
of the original 0-4-0T switcher locomotive to make it look like a much older
(and somewhat more pleasing) vintage steam locomotive. Included in these alterations was the
construction of a wooden cab, headlight box, cow catcher, sheet metal diamond
stack, and two sets of wheels placed under the locomotive to make it look like
a 2-4-2 locomotive. The coal tender was also added to the display. The original switcher locomotive did not use
a separate tender car.
locomotive, tender and caboose were moved to the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds
in 1977. The interurban passenger car reportedly went to the Michigan Transit
Museum collection in Mount Clemens. The former Washington Grand Trunk depot that
was used by Mr. Owen for his sign shop is now a convenience store.