"We'll never forget the smile on our 5 year old son's face when we drove up and told him we were going to be staying in the caboose. It's just adorable and has everything we needed. It has been an exceptional trip for both the kids and the grown ups! There's so much to do here...it's a great location! Our son says he liked it even more than our trip to the Caribbean this Spring! Thank you for all you've done to make this a comfortable, clean, unique & educational trip for us."
-Steve, Laura, Noah & Alice, Crystal Lake, IL
"Extremely nice. We had a very enjoyable stay. I only wish the SOO Line and other RR's whose cabooses I worked on had been this sumptuously equipped. Our kids gave us this stay as a gift, and it is one of the nicest we have ever received. Caboose is very well done. Impeccable is a word that comes to mind. It is far different from my days as a conductor, and it is very likely I worked/rode in this very caboose. We appreciate your ingenuity and hard work."
-Ron & Kathy Burkhard, Fond du Lac, WI
"We loved it. My brother wanted to stay in here a few more days. My youngest brother thought that getting chased by the beavers was cool. When the train came at night and shook the caboose I didn't know what it was. We thought this was awesome!"
-The Robertson Family
"...We were so inspired by how great the caboose is that we decided to plan a "theme" weekend every year. We enjoyed learning about cabooses and we thank you for all your hard work. What a truly thoughtful restoration! I loved the little details like the caboose potholder, the video, the lantern nightlight. Talking on the old phone was fun too! Although we live 11 hours away, I'll definitely be back."
-Tammy & Tina, Evansville, Indiana
"Your caboose is just a treasure! You so beautifully restored it & beyond making it an experience to remember! Biking on the old railroad beds the last couple of days, hearing & seeing the trains going through Sparta & reading up on the history of the caboose & railroads gave my husband, myself and our 3 children quite an educational experience. Thank you for the very unique and fun-filled time."
-The Petersons, Hastings, MN
"It was really cool down by the river in the forest. Also it was cool how when the train went by (more than one did) it would rattle the caboose and made it feel to me like we really were on a train! The cupola was cool to sleep in and fun. I liked seeing all the "old" objects like the telephone! It's neat how they have a deck. We ate ice-cream at the table out there! p.s. Very easy to fall asleep!
-Kirsten Peterson, 10 Hastings, MN