Culpeper Tourism | Red Caboose

Red Caboose


Red Caboose

  • 111 Commerce St
    Culpeper, Virginia 22701

From the mid 1800's until the late 1900's, every train had a caboose hooked up at the end. While the engineer would operate the train from the front, the conductor, signalman, and brake man would operate the train from the caboose.

There used to be thousands of cabooses in the country, but most of them were scrapped for the metal value. Today, Amtrak's Cardinal and Crescent lines make daily stops at the Depot, shuttling passengers up and down the east coast and west to Chicago. And Caboose X543 is on display, though no longer in service.

After an extensive renovation in 2001, the Red Caboose is covered in a shiny layer of red paint on the outside, and retains many of the original interior fixtures as well. Although she belongs to the past, the Caboose still brings joy to locals and visitors alike who are fascinated by trains and transportation history. Stop by the Depot to admire the little red Caboose and watch the trains roll by. 


  •  Free Admission
  •  Free Parking
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Takes Reservations
  •  Public Restrooms