I wish I could take credit for these, but kudos go to some businesspeople at La Junta, CO. I was on the Southwest Chief a few weeks ago. During a crew change at La Junta, I finally got a decent photo of this clever "re-purposing" fo a caboose.
This drive-up is right across the street from the LaJunta station. It's taken me a few trips over the years to get a reasonable photo - I'm not a very good photographer. But I think I got enough to give you the idea.
Then I crossed the street back to the station and noticed something strange a block up the street, same side as the drive-up. Always afraid that the train will pull out without me, I hustled myself up to this spot and took a couple quickies. It's about 8:30 AM and I had to shoot into the sun, so it's not the best shot.
Yeah, I had to rub my eyes to actually believe I was seeing an old hopper car up on blocks. I don't see anything to indicate (to me) whether they're storing fertilizer, seed, grain or whatever. Maybe someone can see some clues in the photo. ("...eds" = seeds?)
And people wonder why I travel by train.