Business car #603 was a standard GB&W wooden caboose which received bay
windows in the 1937-1940 rebuild program.
The wood caboose was rebuilt with a metal bay window in 1943. It was
converted to an officer's car in August 1947 and painted dark green with gold
lettering to indicate the new car purpose. It was usually assigned to
Whitehall Division Superintendent Van Dreese at Wisconsin Rapids.
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Joe Stauber photo, October 7, 1966.
From the collection of Scott Janz.
The car was scrapped in 1972 and the body was sold and used as a cabin until
1996; it is now part of a residence in Lakewood, Wis. As the owner of the
caboose body reports:
I worked for the GBW in 1971 and 1972. I worked in the paint shop under
the supervision of George Taylor. When the business car #1776 was built I made
all the lettering and painted it the red, white and blue. I wood grained the
two exterior doors on the inside to match the paneling on the walls. The 1776
replaced the business car #603. I acquired the #603 from Weldon McGee in the
fall of 1972. I used it for a cabin until 1996. It is now a part of my home
which I attached to it. It is used as a kitchen, dining area and office.
Jerry Kellam photo, 2002
This photo may not be reproduced without permission.