Waiting for Some Money and TLC

Bucyrus caboose 2-x

Bucyrus caboose-x

It sits by itself on a track to nowhere awaiting restoration in Bucyrus.

Built in February 1969 by International Railway Car Company in Kenton, Ohio, this model M930 caboose once carried Norfolk & Western roster number 518541.

Norfolk Southern gave it number 555541 and it remained in service through at least 2004.

At some point, it was donated to the Bucyrus Station Association, which would like to restore it. The car has been in Bucyrus since at least late summer 2012.

Although I didn’t see it during my visit, an online report indicated that there is a sign on the caboose seeking donations for the restoration project.

That seems to be the way it is with railroad restoration. There is always an ample supply of restoration opportunity and not enough money to make it happen.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

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