White River Lumber #001

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Reconstruction Begins
Assembling The Center Sill
Preparing For The Bolsters
Adding the Couplers
Flipping The Center Sill
Adding The Bolsters
Adding The Side Sills
The Car End Sills
The Car Goes On The Trucks
Putting On The Brakes
The Floor
Corner and Cupola Posts
The Roof
Wall Framing
View The Interior
Siding
Door and Window Trim
The Exterior
The Unveiling
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It was a sorry sight that greeted me at the start of this project. Years of neglect had taken their toll on this caboose. But as bad as it looked, it was not beyond hope. I quickly fell in love with this liitle gem. Its over all simplicity begged to be brought back to life. It would surely be a challange, but it was one I wanted to tackle. Thus, on a rainy day in May of 2002, the process of restoring this caboose to its original glory was begun.

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Looking at the A-end of the caboose. The lean in the car is very apparent in this view. The trucks, which are not original to this car, did not fit the bolster castings. This caused the car to lean, at a 10-12% angle. The body was blocked up before the car was moved.

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This view shows the broken side sill. This is the corner of the car where the stove once sat. The water damage in this area was the heaviest. The section of siding(seen leaning against the car in the lower left) was removed so the damage could be inspected.

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The porches on either end took the brunt of the weather. This view is of the B-end, right side. This was the most intact corner. The railing stanchion is hanging there at left center. This once supported the end of the long gone car end sill.

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Looking down where the porch and car end sill once resided on the A-end. The I-beams are the only thing holding the coupler in place. The remains of the railing can be seen. It was cut apart at some point, before the caboose was donated to the museum.

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An all too common occurance on the car frame. It was hoped that only the siding would need to be replaced. It was quickly apparent that more wood was rotted than first thought. What looked good from the inside, was often rotted on the outside.

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The sills may been beyond hope. And some of the framing will have to be replaced as well. But some good framing remains. Only those sections of the frame that are too far gone will be replaced with new wood.

All photos Copyright 2003 by Martin Nemerever. Copying prohibited without permission.