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Originally posted by Amethyst
Those railcars can also be used to house Katrina refugees, since FEMA doesn't want to give them the keys to those trailers!
I've heard of people living in boxcars...when I was a child I read a book, Trina, about a Hispanic girl and her family who lived in a boxcar.
Originally posted by NotClever
It works fairly well with cabooses because they were intended to be inhabited. Boxcars are a different animal...being sheathed in steel, they tend to function as 'hotboxes' on summer days. I'm guessing the cost needed to make them habitable year-round would be substantial.
Originally posted by gimmefootball400
Actually, the two of you have a very good idea right there. Why let these old boxcars and containers sit and rust away to nothing when they can be put to good use. You don't really need the tracks to have a boxcar neighborhood. All you need to do is dis-mount the cars off their frames and re-work the insides to a living quarters. Put a couple of boxcars together, and you are talking about a pretty good size home.
People do it with old cabooses, so why not do it with old boxcars?