Caboose #13 Restoration Progress Updates
Caboose Campaign and Acquisition
Caboose #13 residing at the old SP Depot in Pleasanton.
NWP Caboose #13 Campaign
The NWPRRHS announces the NWP CABOOSE #13 CAMPAIGN. The opportunity to acquire and restore one of the few remaining NWPRR cabooses, heretofore unavailable, has become a new Millennium project for our Society. We believe the NWP Caboose #13 will present an attractive mate to someday pair with the NWP Locomotive #112 in a Redwood Empire Visitor Center.
ACQUISITION OF NWP CABOOSE #13
NWP Caboose #13 has been privately owned for over thirty years and thanks to railroad enthusiast Ed Churka was preserved in good condition adjacent to the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Pleasanton, California. NWPRRHS members had the opportunity to acquire Caboose #13 by providing a match for a generous two-thirds value donation. Several members stepped forward to provide short-term loans to accomplish this timely task. Within three weeks of the initial NWPRRHS limited contract, the acquisition was accomplished.
A temporary 'home base' location in the Redwood Empire has been generously donated by Jeff and Don Millerick of Sebastopol, California, just a bit off the abandoned P&SR RR right-of-way.
Caboose#13, believed to have been built in the early 1920's, would have needed numerous upgrades to move via rail. But, since there is no direct rail service to Sebastopol, highway 'movement' was required. After a day long transport from Pleasanton by Trost Construction on August 7th, Caboose #13 arrived at the Millerick Bros.' property. It was diverted around restricted underpasses and driven through the streets of Vallejo very carefully. Caboose #13 reached 'home rails' at Schellville about 2:45 PM and a quick picture was snapped as it passed the depot and SP 4347 (just as it would have arrived on train #81 or #75 shortly before our arrival).
NWP Caboose #13 on arrival at new home in Sabastopol
CABOOSE #13 BUDGET
The NWP Caboose #13 Campaign consists of two goals: Acquisition repayment and Restoration funding. The Society Board of Directors has adopted the following budget which includes a Phase 1 cosmetic restoration for static display:
|Repayment of purchase and moving loans||$9,100|
|Supplement for moving expenses||$2,500|
|Structure beam replacement|
|Exterior siding, window sash, glass, steps|
|Interior cupola access, bunk and storage replacement|
|Hardware and brake rigging replacement|
|Painting interior and exterior, and signage|
|Procured labor (on a limited basis)|
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