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Historic Wabash Railroad caboose saved

Post by nathansixchime » Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:45 pm

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yan1EI ... e=youtu.be
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc (FWRHS) has completed an extensive rebuild of its historic, century-old Wabash Railroad caboose no. 2534 – one of only two wooden Wabash cabooses in existence.

While the caboose was used occasionally in events and operations in New Haven, its condition had deteriorated after 60 years of exposure to the elements. In 2018, project manager David “DJ” DePanicis, a school director from the Youngstown, Ohio region, determined that his woodworking background would enable him to take on the project in a leadership role.

With donations from members and the general public, in addition to assistance from the Wabash Railroad Historical Society, DePanicis and a team of over a dozen regular volunteers steadily disassembled and rebuilt the caboose over three years and committed over 5,000 hours to the effort. 90% of the structure was replaced and over 1,000 pieces of new lumber were used in the effort, including several curved and arched beams that were hand-made for the interior roof.

“We have such a great variety of people at the Society. Whether you have carpentry skills, are just providing general labor, or have just a love of history, our projects are the kind that anyone can lend a hand in, regardless of skills,” remarked DePanicis. “Restoring a caboose is a lot like building a house with your best friends.”
Full press release here: https://fortwaynerailroad.org/2021/01/h ... completed/

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Post by Steve Bryan » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:27 am

Kelly, it's great to see another great restoration completed by FWRHS.

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Post by rrnut282 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:35 am

looks great
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Post by D.L. » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:01 pm

:D Looks alot better now than it did in the park terrace by Junction.

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Re: Historic Wabash Railroad caboose saved

Post by Notch 8 » Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:40 am

Looks Sharp, If only a caboose could talk !

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Re: Historic Wabash Railroad caboose saved

Post by Wayne Gest » Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:07 am

Do you know if it was originally built by the Wabash in the shops in Decatur, IL?

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