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500-sq.-ft. Train Car Tiny House For $18k

This is a train car tiny house project in Longview, Texas for $18,000.

It’s listed for sale over at the Tiny House Marketplace via Sifu_Rhi. The 500-sq.-ft. tiny home is built using a recycled train car. It needs some minor work, appliances, and a new location. Check it out and learn more below!

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$18,000 Train Car Tiny House For Sale in Longview, Texas

It includes a washer dryer hook up, a water heater hook up, shower, toilet (uninstalled, but the plumbing is there), bathroom vanity (uninstalled, but the plumbing is there), electrical oven/range hook up, lots of electrical outlets, 3 remote operated ceiling fans, a breakfast bar, a large front porch, with 2 closets and a good amount of cabinet space. The front doors have built in blinds as well!

There are a few drywall blemishes to fix and some finishing cosmetic touches that anyone handy could tackle relatively easily. All this home needs is a few appliances and a place to hook up to running water and you’re good to go!

Buyer is responsible for organizing transportation.

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  • Brenda Foster
    December 22, 2021, 9:18 am

    Sounded exciting and different, until I saw the pictures. Too bad they did not design and decorate around the bones of the railroad car. Another modern looking interior, which is so common. Sad the train can never be remembered for what it could have been, unique. Why ruin a railroad car?

    • James D.
      December 22, 2021, 12:46 pm

      Well, in the end it has to be livable and typically the reason to use something like this is to save on costs more often than it is for appearance… Besides, the interior of most freight train cars are rather plain and utilitarian… Unlike passenger train cars, which would be the ones with a lot of interesting details you may want to preserve…

      • Angela
        December 23, 2021, 12:18 am

        Very true, James D. I am thinking this train car was a freight car, meaning the inside was just a big, empty featureless box to begin with. A talented designer could configure the inside to reflect the train’s ‘ridin’ the rails’ past as well as incorporating all the modern comforts of home. It looks like it has been through some rough times and needs a little TLC. I would refurbish the outside, taking care to save and repaint all the original train signage and logo to bring authenticity, maybe just do a total gut of the interior and start differently. It would take money, patience, talent and time, but this could be a beautiful tiny home.

  • Marc
    December 22, 2021, 11:39 am

    Not sad, really. They designed it, it was their vision, they paid for it. If I had a caboose, I might choose to do something different than they did, just as you would do something different than another might. Hope you’re able to find a caboose of your own one day and renovate it however you choose.😁 Make it a great day!

  • Albert
    December 22, 2021, 1:39 pm

    I have lived in a passenger rail car for about 12 years or so. It was just dumped beside a discontinued rail line after ww2, as emergency housing, and stripped of its coupe departments. It even had the braking stations at the balcony ends, and a lovely original lantern roof. It was divided into five rooms, the rear one being shed, then bedrooms, living and the comon farm living kitchen. Shower was an outbuilding behind the emergency escape door in the kitchen. I had a ground draining sink, gas cooker with oven, and three small pot stoves, and it was well comfortable to live, only cold in the mornings as I had to rise early to start the stoves. Last years, we lived there two adults two kids.

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