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caboose

1. Railways US and Canadian a guard's van, esp one with sleeping and eating facilities for the train crew
2. Nautical
a. a deckhouse for a galley aboard ship or formerly in Canada, on a lumber raft
b. Chiefly Brit the galley itself
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caboose

[kə′büs]
(engineering)
A car on a freight train, often the last car, usually for use by the train crew.
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At Abergynolwyn the guard's van was moved to the rear of the train.
"The next thing I knew, he came into the guard's van and hit me over the head while I had my back to him.
Where I think they got their plans wrong is that they hadn't counted on there being so few passengers on the train and they didn't expect us back in the guard's van so soon." He and Mr Thomas normally spent 90 minutes inspecting tickets but on this occasion were back in the guard's van within half an hour.
If you had a large suitcase it went into the luggage or guard's van at the rear of the train to prevent 'clutter'.
They would have been put in a guard's van labelled for delivery to a butchers.
I used to travel up and down to Newcastle from North Shields on the guard's van at the back of the train about 50 years ago.
A Southern Trains spokesman said, "When we had the old slam-door trains we used to be able to accommodate up to 50 bicycles in the guard's van but that is not possible with the new rolling stock.
Not helping Rusty's cause is the guard's van, CB, who would rather sabotage Rusty top ave the way for the future in the form of Electra and Grease ball.
In those days, anyone with a pram was permitted to stand in the guard's van, which was very handy.
Surely the guard could have used a bit of commonsense and let our son sit in the guard's van or stand in the corridor until the train reached Oxenholme?"
"So, the disabled commuter has two options: go in the guard's van or wait for another train."
My mother, father, sister, brother and myself - came to Middlesbrough from Cudworth near Barnsley in 1934 in a train with all our possessions in the guard's van, as my Dad worked for LNER and was transferred to Haverton Hill and later to Thornaby.