Old Railroad Boxcar Converted Into a Tiny Home


This next tiny house can be found in the middle of beautiful Lake Washington, nestled amid four acres of wooded land. The house was built inside of and old railroad boxcar and has 260 square feet. From the outsides it looks like a regular well-restored boxcar, but its interior is very stylish and modern. The car is placed on actual rails and it is owned by the Davidson family who, when on vacation, rent the car for those who are visiting the surroundings. The house has a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom and it is both a perfect living space and a great place to spend a nice and quiet holiday. Don’t you agree?



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25 Responses to “Old Railroad Boxcar Converted Into a Tiny Home”

  1. Matti Virtanen says:


    This is not a Box Car.
    Its a Baywiew Caboose.

    Stay on track. Matti

  2. Glyn says:

    Definitely not a box car. I keep seeing this sort of fundamental misuse/misunderstanding of terminology on the internet and its troubling.

    • jon says:

      Definitely not its. I keep seeing this sort of fundamental misuse/misunderstanding of terminology on the internet and it’s troubling. It’s is short for it is. Its is possessive.

      *disclaimer – I am not a grammar snob, but wanted to point out a better way of correcting somebody. Throw in what was wrong with what they said at the end, not just that they got it wrong. It helps everybody in the end. Remember, kids. Knowledge is power!

  3. Patricia says:

    I would love to see the floor plan on how this was done.

  4. logjam says:

    Maybe I’m not seeing the cupola that’s generally atop caboosi. Could very well be an old, really old boxcar.

  5. Joann says:

    Perfect, love that it has washer and Dryer. I could live in in with A/c and little wood burning stove.

  6. Nancy says:

    look at the wheel on the back of the
    car. Only a caboose would have that.

  7. Eric says:

    Many cabooses didn’t have cupolas. This is one such caboose.

  8. Peter says:

    This is great! It’s not a box car, though. It’s a bay window caboose. You can see one bay. The observation platform on one end is another clue. Box cars wouldn’t have that.

  9. Kevin chatham says:

    The middle of Lake Washington? Please elaborate.

  10. Brian says:

    My company can provide cabooses and boxcars for use as small homes. We have several available in the southern US. We are in the process of rebuilding an old Texas & Pacific newsprint boxcar into a house now. Should be able to build a modest 2×2 in it.

  11. Wanda says:

    Unless this is on Mercer Island (and it may be, but I can’t find a reference), this tiny home is not in the middle of Lake Washington. It is, however, beautiful!

  12. Bill says:

    This is is a bay window caboose. This design did not have a cupola. The conductor would oversee the train from the side instead of from above.

  13. B says:

    well done good sir. Rail fans know.

  14. Christi says:

    My husband, a life-long train enthusiast, says it’s def a Bayview caboose, and an early one if not mistaken. Boxcars never had the porch on the end.

    My son says he would love to live there, but not as a family, just by himself.

  15. Rail Fan says:

    It IS a Bay Window Caboose. Anyone who argues is wrong. Why? Because it’s a Bay Window Caboose.

  16. Laminad says:

    Does it really matter if they call it a boxcar or caboose? Really?

  17. Cooler112 says:

    Whether caboose or boxcar it’s going no where fast

  18. Judy Minchey says:

    What ever it’s called,I love it

  19. Dondep says:

    Major question: why no view of the sleeping quarters? No bed, not even a sofa or comfy chairs, what gives? Is it just kitchen, bathroom, laundry, hallways?

  20. Diana says:

    Any railroader knows a caboose or waycar when they see one.

  21. Ron Hudson says:

    I’m in Tenn zip is 37397 how do u del a caboose r they not be big to be del;d on a flat bed trailer just wondering? i have thought about one of these before just never ck’d into it . Info on how much one cost and with cost of move to tenn if you can give that info thanks.

  22. Angela Long says:

    How much would one of these built out cost.

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