Friday, 21 April 2017

Rutland Ry. Caboose No. 45 - Update

Rutland Ry. caboose at Center Rutland, Vermont March 2012. This area will be open for inspection during next weekends Rutland Railroad Historical Society Convention.
The following is an update sent in by John Schaub after he read my 2012 post. If interested the RRHS convention is in Rutland, Vt. next weekend...George Dutka

"Thank you stopping by the Rutland Railway Museum in earlier years. Since your last visit,
our organization went through quite a few changes. We had an administrative change with a positive result. Currently, the 45 is being carefully looked at to preserve what there is to make "her" presentable for visitors in upcoming months. Work is underway with making the cupola weather tight as possible. All the work is being done with a skeleton crew of myself and one of the officers from the Rutland Railway Association. There's a lot of good surprises found in the caboose. Lots of the original details are still intact. And yes there's some water issues found along the way. The roof needs to be re-covered with something other than a blue tarp. We are looking at roofing membrane to reduce the water seepage to a minimum. The cupola has structural damage. With common sense and
some level of woodworking sense; 45 could be cosmetically saved in some form or another. We lack volunteers and new "blood" to join our group. 45 is only one of many projects that need to be put in place. Funding is always an issue and that area is a sensitive topic with railway preservation in many places. The good news, at the end of this month in April; the Rutland Railway Historical Society will be visiting the depot and #45 on a private tour of the facilities. #45 will be open for inspection to the members of the RRHS. I will be there on call for the day. Along with a few of our members leading a guide tour of our complex. The Rutland Railroad Museum is a diamond in the rough."

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