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What were the purposes of a caboose?

When I was younger, most freight trains had a traditional, red caboose train car at the tail end of the train. The last one I saw was over 15 years ago. Looking back, I've always wondered WHY there was a caboose at the end of every train. So my question is, what is the purpose(s) of a caboose?

The caboose is the crews quarters on a train.

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AMERICAN FLYER RED CABOOSE 243636 AC GILBERT CO USA S SCALE TRAIN CAR
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American Flyer Caboose 630 Red Illuminated w box 632 Gray Live Hopper PA 9970
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American Flyer Train 930 Caboose with lights Estate Sale
American Flyer Train 930 Caboose with lights Estate Sale
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American Flyer Train Red Caboose Gondola Box Car For Parts Estate Sale
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American Flyer Train 938 Red Caboose Estate Sale
American Flyer Train 938 Red Caboose Estate Sale
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American Flyer No 24634 Red Painted Illuminated Bay Window Caboose
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Vintage Radio Equipped American Flyer Red Caboose 24636 Car S Scale
Vintage Radio Equipped American Flyer Red Caboose 24636 Car S Scale
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American Flyer 638 AMERICAN FLYER RED CABOOSEUSEDOPERATOR CONDITION
American Flyer 638 AMERICAN FLYER RED CABOOSEUSEDOPERATOR CONDITION
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AMERICAN FLYER 938 POSTWAR RED CUPOLA CABOOSE IN ORIG BOX
AMERICAN FLYER 938 POSTWAR RED CUPOLA CABOOSE IN ORIG BOX
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American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
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American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
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American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
American Flyer S gauge 630 red caboose
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Pre War American Flyer Train 484 Red Caboose 1940 S Gauge
Pre War American Flyer Train 484 Red Caboose 1940 S Gauge
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Vintage American Flyer 806 Red Caboose
Vintage American Flyer 806 Red Caboose
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American Flyer 806 Red Caboose
American Flyer 806 Red Caboose
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American Flyer S Scale 24634 Red Caboose Ok Condition Used
American Flyer S Scale 24634 Red Caboose Ok Condition Used
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VINTAGE 1950s S SCALE GAUGE AMERICAN FLYER  638 RED CABOOSE 52
VINTAGE 1950s S SCALE GAUGE AMERICAN FLYER 638 RED CABOOSE 52
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American Flyer Lines Red Caboose 938 O B
American Flyer Lines Red Caboose 938 O B
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Vintage American Flyer Red Caboose Train Car  1947 Non Weighted Coupler
Vintage American Flyer Red Caboose Train Car 1947 Non Weighted Coupler
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Vintage American Flyer Red Caboose Reading 630 1949 53  Weighted Coupler
Vintage American Flyer Red Caboose Reading 630 1949 53 Weighted Coupler
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CLASSIC AMERICAN FLYER 630 READING ILLUMINATED RED CABOOSE IN OB
CLASSIC AMERICAN FLYER 630 READING ILLUMINATED RED CABOOSE IN OB
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American Flyer READING 630 S Gauge Illuminated Caboose Red
American Flyer READING 630 S Gauge Illuminated Caboose Red
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American Flyer C 9401 BO Non Illuminated Red Caboose
American Flyer C 9401 BO Non Illuminated Red Caboose
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Gilbert American Flyer 904 red painted caboose s gauge used nice condition
Gilbert American Flyer 904 red painted caboose s gauge used nice condition
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American Flyer Lines S Scale Red Plastic Caboose w Tin Frame 638 NMH BLT6 51
American Flyer Lines S Scale Red Plastic Caboose w Tin Frame 638 NMH BLT6 51
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American Flyer S Scale Red Plastic Caboose w Tin Frame 638
American Flyer S Scale Red Plastic Caboose w Tin Frame 638
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American Flyer No 638 Red Caboose with Original Box
American Flyer No 638 Red Caboose with Original Box
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Antique Vintage AC GILBERT American Flyer 638 Red Caboose Free Shipping Used
Antique Vintage AC GILBERT American Flyer 638 Red Caboose Free Shipping Used
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AMERICAN FLYER LINES Vintage 24636 Pikemaster RED CABOOSE Car C 7 Excellent
AMERICAN FLYER LINES Vintage 24636 Pikemaster RED CABOOSE Car C 7 Excellent
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AMERICAN FLYER Custom 48702 Wabash UNLIGHTED Pikemaster RED CABOOSE
AMERICAN FLYER Custom 48702 Wabash UNLIGHTED Pikemaster RED CABOOSE
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American Flyer S Gauge No 630 Reading Red Lighted Caboose w Box
American Flyer S Gauge No 630 Reading Red Lighted Caboose w Box
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RED WOOD TOOL CHEST for AMERICAN FLYER WORK CABOOSE ACCESSORIES S Gauge Trains
RED WOOD TOOL CHEST for AMERICAN FLYER WORK CABOOSE ACCESSORIES S Gauge Trains
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AMERICAN FLYER 638 S SCALE GAUGE RED PLASTIC READING 638 LIGHTED CABOOSE
AMERICAN FLYER 638 S SCALE GAUGE RED PLASTIC READING 638 LIGHTED CABOOSE
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American Flyer Lines AC Gilbert Caboose 638 AF 638 Red Vintage 1953 Antique
American Flyer Lines AC Gilbert Caboose 638 AF 638 Red Vintage 1953 Antique
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Red Caboose Reading Railroad 630 NMh BLT6317 long vintage original early 50s
Red Caboose Reading Railroad 630 NMh BLT6317 long vintage original early 50s
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American Flyer AC Gilbert Caboose 806 Red 806 Vintage Antique Collectible
American Flyer AC Gilbert Caboose 806 Red 806 Vintage Antique Collectible
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LOW PRICED CLASSIC AMERICAN FLYER 638 RED CABOOSE 2 LINK STYLE COUPLERS
LOW PRICED CLASSIC AMERICAN FLYER 638 RED CABOOSE 2 LINK STYLE COUPLERS
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AMERICAN FLYER   638 AMERICAN FLYER red caboose NICE
AMERICAN FLYER 638 AMERICAN FLYER red caboose NICE
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638 American Flyer Red CabooseNo LightsS Gauge
638 American Flyer Red CabooseNo LightsS Gauge
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AMERICAN FLYER LINES CABOOSE 806 RED S SCALE VINTAGE AC GILBERT TRAIN LV
AMERICAN FLYER LINES CABOOSE 806 RED S SCALE VINTAGE AC GILBERT TRAIN LV
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