Vintage Vermont R.R. caboose unveiled

The Rutland Railway Association held its annual Rutland Railroad Day last Saturday at Center Rutland Depot in Center Rutland.

Organization members were on hand to display the circa-1924 caboose they are in the process of renovating.

Association members spent 6,000 hours, over three years, to prepare the caboose for its home at the museum on Depot Street. With help from Vermont Railway, and funding from Omya, the group was able to bring the caboose to Rutland.

The caboose, originally left in Leicester Junction, was parked in a building 300 feet off the railway. Workers had to lay several new rail ties in order to bring the car to the railhead. Visitors were only able to see the cabooses exterior.

This old timer rail car awaits more restoration work. The only work completed so far was the replacement of a set of steps on one side.

The cabooses exterior needs to be replaced due to rotted wood. The estimated cost of the repairs is between $30,000 and $40,000.

At last weekends event, children's games were available along with a G-scale garden railroad and an Omya-sponsored tent featuring model railroad and railroad memorabilia vendors.

Inside the museum, new additions to the collection include lanterns from the year 1900, tickets for the Rutland Railway, and a portable N-scale model display.

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