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Caboose

Caboose

Back when a crew to keep an eye on the things, a caboose became the standard last “car” on a train. Red was just a traditional color, and the cupola provided an elevated point of view to inspect the train.

Small Town Train

Altamont became  the village it is today due to arrival of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad in 1863. For a time in recent years, the trains stopped passing through. But once again, though not as massive as the railroads on some main lines, the train comes through Altamont on a regular basis. The sound of the train whistle and rattle of the cars, are part of the community’s character, and I believe most local folk appreciate the tradition.