If you or your kids love railroads, take a weekend walk or ride on the W&OD trail to the big red caboose just below Wilson Boulevard. If you drive, there is parking at the tennis courts.
From June through October, veteran railfan and railroad historian Sedge Moss is the ranger staffing the caboose on Saturdays and Holidays (10am to 6pm) and Sundays 1 to 5pm.
Sedge is a fount of info on railroads and railroading. The caboose is at the old Bluemont Junction, where rail and trolley lines met when the Washington & Old Dominion was still a railroad. The interior of the caboose is covered with interesting exhibits and displays about those days. There is a guest book to sign.
Ask Sedge about rail history.
For further info call the Park Rangers at 703-525-0168.
The county lists the caboose as part of Bluemont Park (610 N. Manchester St.). It is part of the park; however, the park is long. The tennis courts are closer to 5900 Wilson Blvd. than the Manchester Street parking lot. --Editor.