Caboose Story

The Caboose, that vanishing icon of railroading in North America, deserves better than consignment to the scrap yard.  A small number of cabooses are still in use by the railroads as maintenance sheds on wheels but the function of the caboose as the control room at the end of every freight train has long been usurped by FRED, that flashing red light attached to the coupler of the last car.

Fortunately there are many organizations for the preservation of cabooses which may be seen, photographed, and sometimes as caboose motels, even slept in.

Well known for his award winning Serigraphs, George Wybenga has created a series of watercolor paintings of cabooses in order to create a visual record of this image of American transportation history. Since fall of 2001 he has completed 250 images and continues to build the collection with the help of aficionados who supply him with reference material and from photos and sketches obtained from cross country trips. From these paintings he creates affordable limited edition prints for other caboose lovers to enjoy.

George earned a BFA degree from Pratt Institute, an MA from Hunter College as well as from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He worked as a graphic designer in New York City, taught at Suffolk Community College, Long Island University, Parsons School of Design, and retired as professor from the Fashion Institute of Technology. 


George passed away during the Fall of 2016.


Last update: Febr. 2017