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WP 484

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WP 484

Steel Bay Window Caboose

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BuilderInternational Car Co.
BuiltMay 1980
TypeSteel Bay Window Caboose
Length37 feet 0 inches
Original cost$181,538
Operating weight55,700 lbs
Acquisition Donated by Union Pacific

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Audio Transcript:
Western Pacific Railroad 484 – Steel Bay Window Caboose

WP 484 represents the Western Pacific's final order for cabooses. While boasting the latest accessories when it was built, overall the 484 is very similar to the first steel cabooses the WP acquired 25 years earlier. There are some differences, however. Unlike the railroad's other steel cabooses, which used a common design, WP 484 and her five sister cars were based on a Southern Pacific Railroad design and were built following a big order for the WP's main rival.

Western Pacific was an early convert to the bay window design, building their first version in 1942. The Southern Pacific debuted bay windows in 1949 and both railroads stayed with the design. In contrast, fellow California railroad Santa Fe remained with the cupola design until the end of widespread caboose use.

The 484 was retired in June 1988 only eight years old. WP 486, the final caboose in the order, was the last WP caboose in service, retired by the Union Pacific in April 1983.