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World War 2 Railway Train Car Turned Tiny House

This is the story of a World War 2 railway train car turned tiny house! It’s very artistic but also functional, for example, the large multi-functional sink in the kitchen and the rather spacious and luxurious bathroom. I think you’ll really appreciate this little home. According to Dan and Annabel, on the Living Big In A Tiny House episode, the couple who own it, spent somewhere between $25,000-$30,000 to build it (including the cost of acquiring the train car).

One of the most noticeable features is how they cut a hole in the roof to add on a roof addition with windows that give you relaxing views, the feeling of more spaciousness, and it also helps ventilate the house during the summer as well as keep heat in during the winter. Just wait until you see the full video tour below then please let us know what you think of Dan and Annabel’s incredible train car tiny house in the comments. It’s pretty theatrical, isn’t it?

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They Turned A WW2 Railway Train Car Into A Theatrical And Functional Tiny Home!

This is one of the best conversions, isn’t it?

Just imagine stepping in, and gazing up towards the leaves (from inside)!

Fun little bathroom that keeps the railcar theme.

Classic wood table and chairs to lounge, eat, and unravel.

Can you imagine waking up inside a wonderfully rehabbed and decorated railcar cottage like this?

The added roof structure adds so much character, doesn’t it?

Isn’t it amazing how they were able to build this one-of-a-kind tiny home for about the cost of a car?! How inspiring is that! Be sure to watch the video tour below so you can see and learn more about it and the creative couple behind it. You’ll also get to learn more about the history that’s inside, for example, how there are materials from even an old prison that were used to build and decorate this funky train car tiny house. Pretty awesome, right?

Video Tour – WW2 Railway Train Car Transformed into Amazing Tiny House

About This WW2 Railway Train Carriage Conversion

This World War 2 railway train carriage has been transformed into an absolutely amazing tiny home. Just wait until you see inside this masterpiece conversion which is packed full of artistic character and some truly great design ideas including a bathroom which is out of this world!

Learn more (sources)

YouTube/Living Big In A Tiny House | World War 2 Railway Train Carriage Tiny House | Colorado Shoe School (Learn How To Make Your Own Shoes)


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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • merryl
    December 10, 2019, 11:33 am

    wow I think its really cool that these people are living inside a piece of history.

  • December 10, 2019, 11:43 am

    Very Vardoesque. It is a sample of productive use of historical transportation that is VERY underutilized. A wonderful expressive show car that will excite for years and be an instant bestseller. Combines the needs with character and flair showing the owners creative talents as well as being bold in decision and NO FEAR for creative changes like the skylight atrium. Using recycled materials and that sink is wonderous. I might have put a little more natural light in the bath but that is probably a future project like the screened portion behind the dining chair. When you see all the silly 196 sq.ft. Tiny Homes that do half the cute with twice the money it should make people think harder about what they are saying. It lends merit to finding wrecks and discards for refurbishing and invention….MY VERY BEST score on my wish list. KUDOS.

    • Eric
      April 4, 2020, 5:53 am

      Personally, I’d have painted the outside. Not a fan of the lets leave it shabby looking and call it… oh, I dunno, shabby chic!

  • Lee Ann
    December 10, 2019, 12:44 pm

    Wow, I just saw this on YouTube a few nights ago. So clever and homey. My father loves trains–he’d have loved living in this!

  • Marcia
    December 10, 2019, 9:06 pm

    that was soooo cozy and NO stairs. could live in this…me and my kitties and my books!

  • Donna Rae
    December 10, 2019, 9:47 pm

    Wow! I love this funky and spunky tiny house with a giant personality! And those windows up top are fabulous! This is definitely one to keep filed away as a huge inspiration whether for a future downsized home or my current house. More like this one, please!

  • Jennifer Anne Jacobs
    December 11, 2019, 2:10 pm

    This is over the Top fabulous. Great vision. Raised roof really makes it visually open. I would simply switch the white formica for something more organic. Perhaps a salvage piece of old marble or copper. Just wonderful!!

    • Jennifer Anne Jacobs
      December 11, 2019, 2:38 pm

      I should have watched the video first. What I thought was formica counter in a still picture was actually a enameled sink with sliding section. Perfectly wonderful.
      I’m now not sure how they heat? The potbelly stove in the bathroom is a illusion of flickering flame and actually a medicine cabinet with an exhaust fan hidden in the vent pipe. Very crafty. 🙂

  • Dick
    December 12, 2019, 5:55 pm

    Now this is cool! Reminds me of another article in which a couple took two streetcars and made them into a small house: https://tinyhousetalk.com/funky-whimsical-house-made-from-1920s-streetcars/

  • Summer
    December 14, 2019, 11:52 am

    This is absolutely wonderful. I freaking love the artsy vibe, and how you were able to incorporate both of your unique styles and personality traits into designing it. It seems as though you’ve given the area an energy that is incredibly inviting, and it’s inspiring to see that you both were able to pull off something so special and exciting. Thank you very much for sharing & great job! 🙂

  • December 15, 2019, 9:10 pm

    I live in Hastings Ne. We own a building in the NAD where your house/ train came from. I’m glad you were able to save this part of history in such a unique way.

    • Alex
      December 16, 2019, 9:46 am

      No way, how cool is that, thanks for stopping by!

  • Eric
    December 16, 2019, 4:59 am

    All very nice inside. But outside? Why on earth didn’t they give it a paint job? As it is, exposed metal will surely turn rusty… and no, it isn’t corten steel so won’t weather and be rust “proof.”

  • Alison
    December 16, 2019, 12:59 pm

    This is lovely. I like that they left the exterior paint as it was. Perhaps they could (or already have) put a clear sealant on it.

  • Donna E Bozza
    January 22, 2020, 1:03 pm

    It is quite enchanting. So different with many amazing, touches. I couldn’t make it home though. Seems dark even with the pretty glass roof. But that is just me.

  • Marsha Cowan
    January 22, 2020, 1:08 pm

    Amazing and beautiful. Love the sun roof.

    • Marsha Cowan
      February 17, 2021, 7:52 pm

      I never get tired of seeing this tiny home. It is so unigue and antique! Just lovely, warm, and wonderful : )

  • Amy
    January 23, 2020, 9:02 am

    Truly an art piece. They have done a fabulous job!!

  • Donna
    April 21, 2020, 2:32 pm

    The Idea of a TRAIN CAR, the tub and stove in the bathroom and the ceiling cut out with the glass window addition… JUST BLOWS ME AWAY!!!!!!!!
    Amazing and beautiful!!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 22, 2020, 1:31 pm

      It is pretty remarkable for sure!

  • Nita Hiltner
    September 9, 2020, 4:05 pm

    Very cozy!!

  • Kim
    October 28, 2020, 5:59 am

    This is stunning. I am very jealous and I’m using this video for ideas for my own tiny home building. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • bonny
    October 28, 2020, 4:26 pm

    I love this tiny house and all it’s creative features. I think the raised roof is the best and the fact that it can be winterized, over the top. I also love the glass bottle wall and the softening of it with a fabric. Also, those dining chairs look comfy as does the quilt on the bed – is it old favorite fabrics? I was thinking of something like that someday with old cashmere sweaters with holes! Bravo!

  • Ginger C
    November 1, 2020, 9:50 am

    This is by far the most amazing tiny home I have ever seen! I love the use of materials that are a complete 180 from a traditional home.

  • Daisy
    December 22, 2021, 12:04 pm

    Just amazing! I am gobsmacked! So jealous ❤️

  • LJ Corley
    December 22, 2021, 12:07 pm

    A wonderful creation, I could easily live here. Thanks for showing us your home.

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