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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Caboose was amazing! Tom’s attention to detail is incredible; train DVDs, books, photos, etc. It is located very close to all of the major attractions in Natural Bridge. My husband loved the fire pit on the patio. My 3-year old son cried when we left, and has asked to go back every day since we left. We will hopefully be going back soon.
It was very obvious great care was taken when this caboose was restored. I'm no expert, but it looks very authentic. The property around the caboose was finished perfect as well. Not everyone can stay in something this nice. The patio is a perfect place to unwind around the fire after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. The property is very peaceful and there are even horses that like to be pet. I would highly recommend this caboose as we will definitely be back!
Very nice little get-away property. Fire pits were really nice. We were glad they had a coffee pot (I don't think that it was listed in ad)
This was a unique experience. The caboose was small, we knew this before we booked. It is cozy and clean, and has everything you will need to prepare meals. We had a very hot day the day we arrived and the caboose was nice and cool. When it cooled off we spent time outside and it was great. Nice and Quiet, all you heard at night were the crickets. The beds are VERY FIRM so be aware if you have a bad back.
The area surrounding the caboose was very nice, the people were friendly and accommodating. Natural Bridge is 2 miles from the caboose, and Lexington is 12 miles on highway 11. Layne's General store is 2 miles away on highway 11 going towards Lexington and has everything you would need as far as food. I would recommend this as a get-away from the "big city" and a great place to recharge.
Surprised our 7/8 year old boys with a stay here. Loved it and spent time pretending they were operating the train! They have enjoyed telling family and friends about this unique experience.
We appreciate the owner being flexible with us due to an unforeseen change in our travel plans.
We had a delightful time here. The caboose is beautifully restored and very clean. The outdoor patio is perfect for grilling and socializing.
It's very conveniently located to Natural Bridge, an odd attraction but an amazing piece of nature, and downtown Lexington is worth a stroll around. Tom's recommendations are excellent!
We will certainly be recommending this place to others.
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.