Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour
The Red Caboose
You can’t miss it, the historic red caboose. Stop here and I’ll catch you up on this landmark.
The original steel car with wood exterior siding was built in 1916 as a boxcar and converted into a caboose in the 1940s. It found its way to this location on the Monterey Coastal Trail in 1968 and was owned and run as a railroad memorabilia shop by noted local author Randy Reinstedt and his wife Debbie from 1974 until it was sold to Pebble Beach resident and real estate broker, Ed Ciliberti in 2018 for $27,000.
Ed has been busy refurbishing the caboose with new paint, courtesy of Carmel resident John Stuefloten, whose company specializes in historic paint restorations. He hopes to open the railroad car as a mini-museum to the public very soon.
This red caboose serves as a reminder to residents and visitors alike that this portion of the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail was at one time part of the Southern Pacific Railroad extension running from Castroville to Monterey. I will tell you more about this later on the tour. But, for now continue walking straight along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.