Idaho Group Restoring Historic Caboose
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A group of train restoration volunteers has begun a yearlong process of renovating a 1942 Union Pacific caboose.
The Idaho Press-Tribune, a Nampa newspaper, reports that volunteers hope they'll have enough money for the estimated $15,000 restoration project, though they only have $6,000 so far. The project will include sand blasting and painting the exterior and interior of the train, restoring the flooring and refurbishing the caboose's windows.
The caboose has been out of commission since 1983. Earlier this week volunteers dismantled most of the interior —removing the stove, chairs, bed boxes and other items to be placed into storage. Volunteer Aldis Garsvo says he hopes the restoration will attract other train enthusiasts to visit Nampa.