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Southern Train Caboose Turned Vintage Cabin!


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Amy Corbett is a member of All Belong Collective, a local hosting business in Virginia that runs several unique vacation stays. One is “James Station,” a renovated Southern Train Caboose that overlooks a river and train factory!

Below, Amy shares the inspiration behind the caboose renovation and how they chose to lean into the train theme. The space is a favorite of locomotive enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. It has 4.97 stars on Airbnb.

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Stay in a Train Overlooking the Tracks! Virginia

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It’s located overlooking the James River less than half a mile to downtown Lynchburg, VA.

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Funny story- we owned this land that overlooked a river, so we wanted whatever we put there to be awesome…

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BUT the land is on a cliff that also overlooks a factory and train tracks.

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We knew trains going by would be an issue for guests that we would have to disclose on our listing.

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But when a friend gave us the idea to purchase a train car, we loved the idea of leaning into the “downside” of a place and making it an attraction.

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If you’re staying in a train car, watching other trains is now part of the excitement!

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Naturally, I found our caboose on Facebook Marketplace.

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It was a kids’ concession stand in West Virginia 3.5 hours away.

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The cost to transport and install the caboose was over twice as much as the actual caboose itself!

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We used a lot of repurposed items in this project (obviously, the whole train is a repurpose project!).

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The wood ceiling, $5 light fixtures from the Habitat Re-Store, original sink and lockers from the caboose, and more are all repurposed.

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We offer a kids’ package (conductor hat, bandana, branded train whistle & sticker book).

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Our guests love the experience!

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Highlights:

  • All aboard! Welcome to James Station, a train caboose overlooking the James River.
  • Large deck, Solo Stove fire pit, pollinator garden & gas grill
  • Hammock swings inside + porch swing overlooking river
  • Watch the trains + factory action below!
  • 1/2 mi walk to Blackwater Creek nature trails & downtown Lynchburg dining
  • Keurig + local coffee, fast wifi
  • Full bathroom w/ rain head shower & Public Goods soaps
  • 12 min to Liberty Univ & Univ of Lynchburg
  • BEDROOM
  • queen bed
  • reading lights
  • white noise machine
  • smart TV
  • small dresser
  • remote controlled LED lights that illuminate the ceiling in different colors
  • blackout pulldown blinds
  • LIVING/DINING:
  • loveseat + twin sleeper sofa
  • coffee table
  • built in walnut table/bar w/ 2 swivel seats
  • optional clip-on hammock chairs
  • KITCHEN:
  • quartz countertop w/ sink
  • fridge w/ freezer
  • large toaster/convection oven with air fryer
  • portable 2 burner cooktop w/ induction pots and pans for cooking
  • Keurig, French press, coffee grinder, reclaimed closet for hanging clothes
  • BATHROOM
  • shower w/ Public Goods products
  • original stainless caboose sink
  • toilet
  • towels + hairdryer
  • DECK
  • outdoor bistro table & chairs
  • gas grill
  • sitting benches
  • OUTSIDE
  • Fire pit w/ Solo Stove & chairs
  • porch swing
  • hammock
  • pollinator garden
  • PARKING: up to 3 cars may park at the caboose (off-street driveway for 1-2, street parking for 1-2)
  • HEATING/AIR: ductless heating & air with remote
  • TV SERVICES – No cable. Smart TV streaming services only (guests must use personal login credentials)
  • POTENTIAL FOR NOISE: You will hear the sounds of trains going by, construction forklifts beeping, etc. The factory works through the night.
  • The caboose has sound-proofing and double layers of insulation around the bedroom area, and we provide a white noise machine and portable fan for your added comfort.
  • *You must be 25 years or older to reserve James Station.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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