Cabooses

When Don Denlinger first established The Red Caboose in 1970, all 19 cabooses were painted red. Since then, The Red Caboose has expanded to include 38 cabooses, a baggage car, and a mail car, all decorated in the schemes of America's most famous railroads

open motel door with key in lock featuring red motel key chain
interior view of large family caboose motel room

LARGE FAMILY CABOOSE

• Double bed
• (4) Bunk beds
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of medium family caboose motel room

MEDIUM FAMILY CABOOSE

• Double bed
• (3) Bunk beds, stacked
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of small family caboose motel room

SMALL FAMILY CABOOSE

• Double bed
• (2) Bunk beds
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of couples half caboose motel room

COUPLES HALF CABOOSE

• Double bed
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of queen couples caboose motel room

QUEEN COUPLES CABOOSE

• Queen bed
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of honeymoon caboose motel room

HONEYMOON CABOOSE

• (1) Queen bed
• Whirlpool bath
• Deck
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of double double caboose motel room

DOUBLE DOUBLE CABOOSE

• (2) Double beds
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of mail car motel room

MAIL CAR

• (2) Queen beds, each in a private room
• (2) Private bathrooms
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Independent climate control
• Flat screen cable television
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

interior view of shady rest hotel's farmhouse large suite

SHADY REST HOTEL
FARMHOUSE LARGE SUITE

• (2) Queen beds each in separate rooms
• (2) Twin beds in an individual room
• Climate controlled
• (2) Flat screen cable televisions
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi• Free Wi-Fi
• Suite is on the second floor. Access is via stairs-only.
• This suite is located on-property in a historic farmhouse.
It is not a caboose.

interior view of shady rest hotel's farmhouse small suite

SHADY REST HOTEL
FARMHOUSE SMALL SUITE

• (1) Queen bed in an individual room
• (1) Double bed in an individual room
• Climate controlled
• (2) Flat screen cable televisions
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• Suite is on the second floor. Access is via stairs-only.
• This suite is located on-property in a historic farmhouse.
It is not a caboose.

interior view of shady rest hotel's farmhouse efficiency suite

SHADY REST HOTEL
FARMHOUSE EFFICIENCY SUITE

• "Shady Rest 1": (1) Queen bed + (1) Double bed + (2) single bunks*
• "Shady Rest 2": (2) Queen beds*
• Climate controlled
• Flat screen cable television
• Kitchenette including range, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and service for 4-6*
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• This suite is located on-property in a historic farmhouse. It is not a caboose.
* Specify which room number when making reservation through Front Desk at 717-687-5000 x2

interior view of baggage car motel room

BAGGAGE CAR

• (1) Queen bed + (1) Double bed + (2) Bunk beds
• Refrigerator
• Microwave
• Climate controlled
• Flat screen cable television
• Private bathroom
• Non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi

* Room descriptions are accurate to the best of our knowledge. Some rooms may include complimentary bonus upgrades such as whirlpool tubs, queen bed, additional televisions and more. Please note that all cabooses are different and will vary from the the photos shown above. Requests for specific cabooses will be noted but cannot be guaranteed. Thank you for understanding. We look forward to having you at the Red Caboose Motel & Casey Jones' Restaurant.

Check-in time is 3PM. Check-out time is 11AM. Early check-in or late check-out can be accommodated for an additional fee. Please contact the front desk to have this added to your reservation.

Please note that rooms are not handicap accessible. Contact the Front Desk for information on how we can best accommodate your special needs.

Smoking and pets are not permitted. Room decor may not be as pictured below. Each caboose has its own decor to enjoy. To ensure the best experience possible for all guests, requests for specific cabooses cannot be guaranteed.

The Red Caboose Motel is electric car friendly. Charge your car right at your caboose for no additional fee.

*TWO-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY POLICY: During Day Out With Thomas, holidays and many weekends throughout the year, there is a two night minimum stay required. Day Out With Thomas and holidays require 7-day cancellation notification. Contact the Front Desk at 717-687-5000 or 888-687-5005 for additional information.

**Rooms now available for Winter 2019! Limited availability. Fridays and Saturdays only, January 4 - February 23, 2019. Rates begin at $100/night. Our 50th Season takes off on March 1, 2019! 

All policies can be found here.

“ Our stay with you in September was one we will never forget. The accommodation was great and the food excellent. We hope to return again. ”

— Warren and Beverley, Australia

Guests looking for a home away from home with additional amenities can stay in a Shady Rest Hotel Farmhouse Efficiency Suite.

Rooms are divided into eleven general floor plans:



• Large Family Caboose (Double bed + 4 single bunks)

• Medium Family Caboose (Double bed + 3 single bunks)

• Small Family Caboose (Double bed + 2 single bunks)

• Couples Half Caboose (Double bed)

• Queen Caboose (Queen bed)

• Honeymoon Caboose (Queen bed + whirlpool bath)

• Double Double Caboose (Two double beds)

• Baggage Car (Two double beds + 2 single bunks)

• Farmhouse Suite (Two queen beds + 2 twin beds)

• Farmhouse Small Suite (One queen bed + 1 double bed)

• Farmhouse Efficiency Suite (One queen bed + 1 double bed + 2 single bunks)