Photograph

Item

Title

Photograph

Description

A black and white photograph of a Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo (THB) Railway caboose.

The Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway existed from1892 through 1987 as a separate railway serving the Hamilton area. It joined lines of its corporate parents, Canadian Pacific and New York Central (now CSX), and was established as alternative to the Grand Trunk or Canadian National route for Hamilton-area industries to ship products to customers in the United States and Canada.

A characteristic feature of the caboose is the cupola on the roof. This is an elevated observation post from which the crew can observe the behaviour of the train ahead. The cupola usually featured a brake line pressure gauge and an emergency brake valve. As freight cars grew in height and length during the 1960's, the cupola gradually became redundant and many railroads began to use cabooses equipped with bay windows instead.

Date

c. 1940s

Identifier

003.116.039

Medium

Photograph

Provenance

X

Extent

11 in x 14 in (279mm x 356mm)

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