About the property
- Cabin200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, accommodates a small family
My C&O Caboose is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near Natural Bridge and Lexington. It is a restored 'woody' caboose which was retired from the C&O railroad in the late 1970's after more than 60 years of service as the quarters for train crews in the coal fields of West Virginia. It has undergone extensive renovation and now is a unique vacation rental near the beautiful Natural Bridge and the historic valley town of Lexington. I have the exterior restored to what the car probably looked like in the 1930's. The interior has been extensively renovated to include a bedroom with double sized captains bed with memory foam mattress and drawers built into it's base. This bed was custom made for the caboose by an Amish furniture maker in Ohio. The bath has a shower and pedestal sink and is located under the original cupola which is still accessible via rungs on the wall of the hall. Smaller children might like to go up here or even sleep up in the cupola. 'All Aboard!!! Tom
Memories are made in this beautiful area!!: Your visit to this beautiful area of Virginia and the Caboose will be one you will remember and cherish. There are many activities in the Rockbridge County area and many day trips should be planned as well. Cave Mountain Lake in the National Forest is always a pleasure in the Summer. Fishing in the National Forest, on the James River or at Lake Robertson Is a popular activity. Virginia Safari Park is 2 miles. Natural Bridge and the Natural Bridge Caverns are 2 miles. Day trips to Montecello in Charlottesville, or Appomattox and of course Lexington are popular. Hiking on our many trails including the Appalachain Trail appeals to many of our guests. Others enjoy the Blue Ridge parkway or the WWII memorial in Bedford 30 minutes away. The O. Winston Link Museum contains many wonderful photographs and items from the era of steam on the Norfolk and Western Railroad and is only 40 minutes away in Roanoke. The Museum of Transportation in Roanoke has wonderful steam locomotives to view.
Historic Lexington is 10 minutes: Lexington has great restaurants, historic sites, carriage rides, tours, Civil war sites are nearby. Robert E. Lee Chapel and Museum, Stonewall Jackson House, George C. Marshall museum, VMI Cadet parades at 4 pm on Fridays, cadet museum etc. Cyrus McCormick Farm and workshop at Steeles Tavern. Wades Mill nearby here is popular.
C&O Railroad Historical Society: Clifton Forge -about 40 minutes has the C&O Historical Society headquarters and museum. Roanoke-35 miles has the O.Winston Link museum of steam train era memorabilia. Virginia Transportation Museum in Roanoke has much to see with it's extensive collection of steam era. engines and equipment.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Thomas Bradshaw
I have had vacation rental properties for more than 20 years. I graduated from VMI and served in the Army. I returned to Lexington in 1971 after graduating from photography school. My wife and I ran a studio and frame shop for 30 years and now manage our rental properties. I grew up in Blackstone Virginia and we live near the caboose in Natural Bridge. My wife is a native of Rockbridge County and is active in the vacation rentals.
Why Thomas Bradshaw chose Natural Bridge
About ten years ago I was watching a PBS program which featured lighthouses and during that program there was an interview with a lady who was active in restoring a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. When asked why she wanted to restore a lighthouse she answered 'everybody loves a lighthouse and a caboose!' That gave me the idea to get a caboose and restore it for use as a unique vacation rental. Taking the 'Tiny House' idea and adapting it to the restoration of a rail car appealed to me. This project proves that a small space of under 200 square feet can be made livable and enjoyable.
What makes this Cabin unique
I grew up in the era of steam engines on the railroad and the idea of having a caboose from the era of steam is exciting to me. Adapting an old rail car to modern living is an experiment that has proven successful. I approached the project asuming that I would use the best possible materials, fixtures and equipment. Many features had to be specialy ordered. The bed was custom made by Amishmen in Ohio. The memory foam mattress was made by Danny Troyer in Holmes County Ohio. The Galley was custom made in New York to fit through the narrow doorway. The heating and cooling system is a Mr. Slim by Mitsubishi. The demand water heater is by Precision Temp and made for upper end motor coaches. The patio lanterns were ordered as oil fixtures and electrified for the project. The roofing material is acrylic impregnated fabric by Resource Conservation Technologies. The steel entry stairs were fabricated locally by Merrick welding. The railroad crossing sign and lights were a major project. The sign on the sides of the car were painted using a stencil made to exact specifications from engineering drawings obtained from the C&O historical society. The marker lamps on the car are reproduction marker lamps which I electrified. The pictures of cabooses in action came from the C&O Historical Society.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Clean, comfortable, quaint and overall relaxing. We enjoyed being so close to the area attractions. Great place to get away from it all!
Location is very important. The caboose is only 1 mile from I81 exit 180.
This was a great adventure for my 8yr. old
This was exactly what we were looking for. I’d say this was similar to glamping. We really enjoyed it. We loved the ease of the gas fire place! Made having a quick smore before bed no hassle.
Weekend in the Caboose
Really enjoyed our stay. Wonderful attention to detail. Comfortable bed. Enjoyed the fire pit and sitting outside in the evenings. Recommend the Natural Bridge and Safari.
Glad to have had you stay at my special place. This is a special place!
cozy, fun and in a beautiful area
My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary weekend. It was all we needed. The weather was beautiful so we spent our evenings sipping wine by the gas fire pit and just relaxing. Excellent restaurants close by as well as plenty of outdoor activities for families. We'll be back!
The caboose is near Lexington, small college town with many good restaurants. The Pink Cadillac is just 2 miles. The Natural Bridge General Store has a neat cafe Natty B Cafe , just 3 miles on 130.
We knew this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Our family of four (one toddler, still in a pack n play which fit in the living room area) stayed this past weekend! Once the rain cleared and we could enjoy the wonderful outdoor living, it didn't seem so small! You can categorize this unique chance as "glamping" with more perks. The scenery and outdoor living is beautiful but yet you have a fully functioning interior. Our children thought it was amazing and we made sure to hike the Chessie Trail b/c of the history of the caboose! We ventured into Lexington and also hiked Natural Bridge. Tom has done a great job keeping the authenticity of the train, the flashing railroad sign was a hit with our children. My daughter cannot wait to go to school and tell her friends she stayed in a caboose! We got to view horses in the pasture adjacent to the property while roasting our marshmallows! We made use of both the gas fire pit (when it was still damp out) and the wood burning fire pit (when the weather was nice enough for S'mores).Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity! It was a getaway to remember!
This is the perfect place to stay with a train loving toddler. It's the perfect size and done so well. The little patio is perfect for a little BBQ. We will absolutely be back!
I always enjoy hearing about a child's excitement with the caboose! It is a special project to provide visitors with a quality vacation space in a beautiful setting. Safari and Natural Bridge State Park and Historic Lexington nearby.
Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is a scenic wonder. Nearby is the Virginia Safari Park and the Natural Bridge Zoo. The Washington-Jefferson National Forest is in the area. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail are close by, as well. Historic Lexington is where Gen. Lee and Stonewall Jackson lived, The Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University are here. Day trips to Monticello, Appomattox, Poplar Forest, Skiing at Wintergreen or Massanuttin or visit the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke. Many of Virginia's Wineries are in range for day trips. Canoeing or tubing are popular local activities. The canoe livery is in Buchanan-about 10 miles. Goshen pass is a natural wonder.
Other Activities: Railroad Museums in Roanoke (O. Winston Link Museum)Transportation Museum)
Golf: Vista Links in Buena Vista is a new and popular public golf facility only about 15 minutes. The world famous Homestead courses are only an hour away.
Ski: Skiiing at Massanutten, Bryce, Wintergreen and The Homestead about an hour away.