Guide to North American
By Carl Byron and Don Heimburger.
Softcover, 18.5x11.25", 224 pages, color photos throughout. May 2021.
"This all-new book explains why cabooses existed, how they were used, and why they eventually disappeared. It shows and explains designs common to regions as well as designs specific to many individual railroads, closing with the common International-built wide-cupola caboose that appeared on railroads across the country.
| ||Gone but still an icon|
| ||Chapter 1||Caboose history||6|
| ||From modified boxcars to rolling offices and homes-away-from-home|
| ||Chapter 2||Wooden cabooses||30|
| ||From four-wheel bobbers to long cars, some wood cabooses served into the 1980s|
| ||Chapter 3||Steel cabooses||64|
| ||Safety and durability made steel construction the standard by the 1920s|
| ||Chapter 4||The "Northeastern" caboose||98|
| ||Reading's adaptation of the USRA design became a popular, iconic car|
| ||Chapter 5||Bay-window and wide-cupola cabooses||118|
| ||Railroads began opting for them in large numbers from the 1950s onward|
| ||Chapter 6||Transfer cabooses, combines, and variations||158|
| ||Special-service cars were built in a variety of sizes and styles|
| ||Chapter 7||Caboose operations||188|
| ||Cabooses served as rolling offices and as a base for the rear "eyes" of a train|
| ||Chapter 8||Descent into history||208|
| ||Cabooses reached their technological peak just when they were no longer needed|