TropiCaboose - your beach house on the rails
Stepping into the TropiCaboose is like walking into a resort along the shores of the ocean in a place like Key West or Hawaii. The entire room is light and airy with inviting wicker furniture, beautiful hardwood floors and a light, coconut color scheme that really puts you in the mood to enjoy a margarita.
Instead of shoes, you might find yourself donning flip flops and thinking about the trade winds lightly blowing across Clear Lake. If you weren't so relaxed already, you might want to stroll outside and walk down the dock to feel the warm winds against your skin.
Look up and we've caught a beautiful hand-made Maherajah water ski that's been trapped with some shells in a fishing net. There are margarita glasses waiting for some lime, grenadine and tequila. The bed spread is a beautiful Dean Miller piece and there is even a Tiki button! You'll just have to stay with us to find out what that does.
Is that Margaritaville playing in the background? Have you stepped into a tropical paradise, or are you just in the TropiCaboose? It's up to your imagination.
TropiCaboose started its life as a Caboose on the Southern Pacific rail line during the Great Depression. It is the oldest caboose on the property and still features some of the original fittings for a genuine railroad experience. The seats in the cupola have been redecorated, but are still intact with two facing booths perched way up high. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun rise or set with a cool beverage or some hot coffee. The view is great from up there!
We had an expert who gave us the history of all the cabooses, but he wrote this about TropiCaboose: This one is the fun puzzle. SP 1060 would be a C-40-3 (215 cars built in SP shops between 1940 and 1942; SP 1060 would have been built in December 1940 or January 1941), but since that number is wrong it could be a C-40-1 (50 cars built in SP's Los Angeles General Shops in June and July 1937 at a cost of $3,457 each). Some resources say the C-40-1 cars were 35' 7/16" over the striker castings with C-40-3 cars being 16 inches longer but other sources say there is no difference. There are some detail differences but they were eradicated during rebuilds so unless your car is a little over 36' long over the strikers there may be no way to tell which class it is. I've never heard of a caboose having a builders plate or anything like that as locomotives would have.