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A new home for an old caboose
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Posted on October 02 2010, 10:51am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Oldest caboose in Colorado returns to Silverton for restoration and to find a permanent home.
 
 
An old Silverton Northern Railroad caboose was hauled back
to town from the Durango rail yard Friday and deposited behind
the Silverton Northern engine house, in preparation for restoration
work this winter. From left, Bill Alsup operates his forklift to help
unload the car, while Stephen Rich, Jeff Ellingson of the
Durango & Silverton Railroad Museum in Durango, and
Jerry Hoffer of Silverton keep a close watch on the operation.
 
The oldest caboose in Colorado returned to Silverton on Friday, Sept. 24, where it will await restoration work this winter and be permanently housed in the emerging railroad museum near the train depot.
The caboose was built in 1880 and its original purchase price was $450.
The caboose served as the Denver & Rio Grande #17 and #516 and later as the Silverton & Northern #1005.
For years it sat in Potty Park on Blair Street, but after falling into disrepair, it was hauled off to the rail yard in Durango about 10 years ago, where it remained until Friday.
 

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