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Bellevue and Cascade Caboose 55

Caboose 55

This Bellevue and Cascade caboose is a genuine Iowa narrow gauge car. Built by Ohio Falls Car Company around 1880, it served on the Bellevue and Cascade in North East Iowa until the line closed operation around 1936. It was their only caboose.

We have a dedicated page to Caboose 55 here.
Caboose 55
It is back on the rail now at the Midwest Central Railroad. The caboose was dedicated in a ribbon cutting ceremony during Old Threshers 2005.

The MCRR's First Caboose


The first caboose for MCRR grew from plans of a Florence and Cripple Creek caboose in the April 1959 issue of 'Railroad Model Craftsman'. Its builders noted it was most likely the first time a replica was built in reverse from model plans. With its windowed cupola, it quickly became the most popular car for riders.

White Pass RR Caboose


This caboose operated in Alaska on the White Pass and Yukon Railway. It was shipped to Iowa around 1990. It is one of three remaining White Pass steel cabooses.



 Midwest Central Railroad  Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 319−385−2912 (updated 01Aug16)