ACL White Caboose 0268 : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

In 1962 ACL repainted a plywood-side class M-3 caboose, no. 0268, into a one-of-a-kind white scheme with red "Thanks for Using Coast Line" slogan on the side and black lettering elsewhere. The caboose was assigned to piggyback trains and was evidently used to highlight and promote the then-new piggyback service. It stayed in the white scheme for several years. Does anyone know why this particular scheme was chosen? Any special reason why 0268 was picked? Exactly when was the caboose painted back into standard red? Why were no other cabooses painted white?

-- Larry Goolsby (, November 04, 1998


Hi "Coast Line" Goolsby To my understanding,the reason no more were painted that color was because it was an experiment that looked good on paper,but not in the field of operation.

-- michael r stamey (, July 14, 2001.

Hi Larry, I do not know why the caboose was painted that way, but you sure just described my 0-27 caboose by K-line from the mid 1980's. I was wondering why they picked a color as odd as white for a caboose, and now I know. Thanks, Marc

-- Marc L. Hamel (, November 04, 1998.

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