Old Wooden Caboose by rhoing

Old Wooden Caboose

Today we visited the Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, OH (Allen County). What a treasure this is!

The museum is run by the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, “one of the oldest railroad historical organizations in the country. The Society was founded in 1966 for the purpose of obtaining, preserving, and disseminating information and material related to the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Company, commonly known as the Nickel Plate Road (NKP), and its predecessor, constituent, and affiliated railroads. [It is] an organization of over 800 members including authors, historians, photographers, railroad employees and officials, model railroaders, and railfans of all interests.” More » http://nkphts.org/home.html

This photo is inside NKP #1047 — a restored wooden caboose. According to the placard on the desk, it was built in 1882 by Lafayette Car Works, https://www.midcontinent.org/rollingstock/builders/lafayette.htm It was "rescued" from a farm in Michigantown, Indiana, in 1986 where it was used "as a clubhouse for a boy scout club." Restoration took 8 years. The car is kept indoors at the museum to protect it from the elements. It is the oldest car at the museum.

Photos of outside: http://nkphts.org/preservation/pictures/cabooses/nkp1047_1jpg.html

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Fascinating and wonderful find.u
September 10th, 2018  
Each detail is very interesting to study!
September 10th, 2018  
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