White River Lumber #001

Points of Interest
In Need Of Some Help
A Quick Tour
Points of Interest
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
Door and Window Trim
The Exterior
The Unveiling
The Crew
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The caboose yielded some interesting tidbits, from hidden treasures to head scatchers. Some are of historical note and others mundane. Many of these will be reincorporated into the restoration. Enjoy.


Two small metal plates, one on each side, have dates written on them. The dates may be paint dates, but their true use is still unknown.


On the end of one side sill, the letters US were stamped into the wood. The caboose was built at the end of WWII, so this wood may have been intended for the war effort.


After the siding was removed from the A-end, about a dozen O rings were found down in the corner. These rings are used on the train air-line glad hands.


Another find in the closet was the origins of this crate-turned-shelf. This was most likely installed by one of the crew members in need of a place to put his things.


Some of the little treasures found in hard to reach areas around the caboose include: a duck stamp, a union application card, a bandaid, a rubberband, a hand carved peg, and a gasoline company pocket calender. A second pocket calender was later found.

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