Caboose Committee

From left: Rene Kincy, Paul Eubanks, Jim Kincy, Bill Fields and Gary Leabman met at the Tin Mill Restaurant last Friday to discuss fundraising, so they can paint the exterior of Caboose 13538, which is in need of a paint job. The Caboose will also be open to the public on July 4th.

Five members of the Caboose Committee met last week to make plans for the summer, concerning the exterior renovation of Caboose 13538. This includes additional fundraising to reach their $6000 goal to protect the caboose from encroaching rust, but the group wants to showcase this gift to the City of Hermann, as well. They intend to have the Caboose open from 6-9 p.m. on the 4th of July so the community can get an idea of the living conditions of train conductors. Paul Eubanks, retired railroad engineer, will be on hand to provide answers to the many questions expected from children and adults.

The Caboose Committee eventually hopes to have a museum quality display explaining railroad history in Hermann with an emphasis on the very first train traveling from St Louis to Jefferson City which tragically became the Great Railroad Bridge Disaster, occurring in 1855.

The committee says additional funding is needed for this beautification and educational project. For more information, contact Gary Leabman 314-280-9944.

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