# Thread: 10 by 30 feet

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## 10 by 30 feet

Weighing in at around 15 tons or so, but typically only 10 by 30 feet, old cabooses are massive marvels no long made by the rail industry. But if you want a ready-made, weather-resistant and flood-water-lofted house, there are much less adorable places to start your search.
(the beginning of article: "Cute Caboose: 7 Train Cars Transformed into Tiny Houses")

10 by 30 feet - is that ratio of length/width, or length/height ?

Thank you

2. ## Re: 10 by 30 feet

I would say length by width. "No longer made" would be the correct statement.

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## Re: 10 by 30 feet

I would say 10 by 30 feet means width by length (10 feet wide by 30 feet long).

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Train cars are narrower than they are long, so when it was a train car, it was 10 feet wide. Once it's a house, I guess it's possible for the dimensions to switch. In any case, it does not refer to the height.

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Originally Posted by Barb_D
Train cars are narrower than they are long.
(Tannoy announcement): The train arriving at platforms three, four, five and six is coming in sideways.

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## Re: 10 by 30 feet

When wrote this: "10 by 30 feet - is that ratio of length/width, or length/height ?" - I wasn't thinking that it looks like I mean that "10 = length" and "30 = width". I was only thinking about length, width and height, regardless of figures.

Thanks!

7. ## Re: 10 by 30 feet

I understood that, and I believe the others did too. Nobody has ever seen a caboose wider than it was long.

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Regardless of dimensions, I didn't even know what a caboose was. I thought it might be an animal, perhaps related to the moose. I was rather concerned that one might by 10ft x 30ft!

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## Re: 10 by 30 feet

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
Regardless of dimensions, I didn't even know what a caboose was. I thought it might be an animal, perhaps related to the moose. I was rather concerned that one might by 10ft x 30ft!
A caboose was the last car in a train. The conductor sat in the caboose and told the engineer what to do next. Today, cabooses are sought after to be used as vacation homes by those who can afford them and afford to have them moved to their land. Hook up some electricity, water and a sewerage system and you have a nice vacation spot.

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Ah! A bit of nostalgia.

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