May you roll safely into the new year!
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While cabooses aren't really freight cars, I can't think of any better car to end the year!
This year's caboose comes from the Union Pacific. The railroad decorated many of their cabooses with different safety messages aimed at railroad employees and the public. From stopping at crossings to obeying the book of rules, the cabooses were a highly visible safety campaign.
Today this car's railroad service may have ended, but its advocacy role continues as it advises visitors to the station and museum in Barstow, CA.
As 2012 comes to an end, I hope you'll find safety and happiness following you into 2013!