History- Caboose #33
Also at the site is a relocated Flag Station and Railroad
Caboose shown below. This is the original narrow gauge railroad
Caboose #33 of the Bellaire, Zanesville, and Cincinnati (or
Bent, Zigzag and Crooked as it was called), which ran throught
here from 1879 until 1931. Part of the road bed is still visible.
The Bellaire, Zanesville, and Cincinnati Railroad ran from
Bellaire, Ohio to Zanesville via Woodsfield, Caldwell and
Cambridge. The last spike to connect the east and west section
was driven in Caldwell in 1883. The B.Z. & C. or better
known as the Bent, Zigzag, and Crooked had its last run in
1931. Its track was narrow gauge or only 36 inches wide. This
was to better traverse the hilly region of Southeast Ohio.
Caboose #33 was built in 1917 for the sum of $1.054.03. It
is 24 feet long and 9 feet 4 1/2 inches high.
The flag station sitting at the site is typical of many sitting
along the way. A red flag was hung on the side of the building
to signal the train to stop for passengers or freight. The
unique part of the building is the detailing on the gable
ends. A water tower was also found along the track to supply
water necessary for the steam engines that pulled the trains.
This caboose has been a barber shop, gas station, home and
storage shed before being donated to the Noble County Historical
Society by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lowman.
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