Railroad club restores U.P. caboose

This a picture of a Class CA-1 caboose in 1923

GRANBY – The Moffat Road Railroad Museum project will be receiving its first piece of railroad equipment – the last part of a train.

Organizers of Granby’s railroad museum project, the nonprofit Grand County Model Railroad Club members, say a caboose is travelling via truck from Falls City, Neb. by the beginning of October.

The caboose is planned to be situated at the Railroad Interpretive Park next to the Kaibab ballfields in Granby, the location where the railroad museum building is planned to be built.

The caboose was donated to the Grand County Model Railroad Club from the Lonie Bahr family in Falls City, Neb.

John Disher who moves railroad equipment for the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, will be transporting the caboose to Granby.

The caboose is a 1923 Class CA-1 off-set cupola, all wood Union Pacific caboose. “It is very rare to find an all wood caboose in as excellent condition as this one is, and the caboose has not been modified,” said Dave Naples, president of the Grand County Model Railroad Club. “We have already done the research on this caboose and know that it is a correct caboose number built by the Mt. Vernon Car Company in May of 1923 with the original number of 2655 – renovated in December of 1963 and retired in September if ’67.”

The caboose is the only one of 175 made fron 1913 to 1924, according to Naples.

“Very few are left,” he said.

Since the caboose does not have any trucks (wheels), the Club currently is researching where to locate some.

The caboose will also require some other restoration touches, “so time, money and materials are needed by the Club,” Naples said.

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