New Haven Caboose RehabilitationProject: Equipment
July 2018 Update
Surprisingly it has been only a year since the caboose arrived at the shop’s front door and a lot has happened since. Friend members have been working Wednesday Shop nights and weekends to achieve the following:
– Removed Conrail windows and stairs
– Stabilized metal condition on the underside
– Removed counters on the inside
– Replaced rusted metal along lower edges
– Replaced metal and ribs where exterior windows were added
– Created new window frames with glass and fitted to caboose
– Painted Body New Haven McGinnis Orange
– Sealed the roof to handle mother nature
Summer 2018 Fundraiser
Looking forward, and before we start on the second phase (making caboose operational), our next projects are to stencil (see image) the caboose, build out the south vestibule and also add stairs for safety. Our fundraising goal is $3,100. Stenciling will cost $1,500, fabrication for both vestibule stairs is $1,000, and lastly $600 is required for metal work on the south vestibule.
$1,500 Stenciling $1,000 Stairs Fabrication $ 600 South Vestibule $3,100 Total
as of 9/5/18
The Friends would like to raise funds to complete this project through donations to the FVRR, a volunteer, not-for-profit organization; IRS code Section 501(c)(3).
This New Haven Caboose was built by Pullman-Standard company in Worcester, CA. in 1940, a class NE-5 (Conrail incorrectly listed it as NE-6). Its original New Haven Railroad number was C-540. It became 19821 when Penn Central took ownership in 1969 and retained its number during the Conrail merger.
In October 1988 Landon Lumber took delivery of it and put it on a panel track in the middle of their lumberyard, repainted it, and lettered it Landon Lumber number 134 (conveniently their street address). Because of the challenge for larger vehicles to get into Landon yard, around 2004 the trucks were removed and the caboose was moved out of the middle of the driveway to where it sits today. The trucks, couplers, and other parts were obtained by a local train enthusiast.