Caboose Restoration Progress

Before — The effects of unchecked weathering on a wood-sided caboose

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First step . . . get the electrical squared away.

The Beginning

New power pedestal to serve caboose and surrounding area.

The New Electrical Panel

The east side siding stripped away

Siding off

One of the many rotted window sills

Window Sill

The windows removed from the cupola

Copola Windows removed

Interior scraping and painting was also taking place

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New windows and primered custom-milled tongue and groove siding being installed

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New windows and siding installed on track side. Siding needs to be trimmed at bottom.

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Siding on street side is in desperate need of replacement

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Street side stripped and prepped for installation of new siding

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A vintage caboose stove sports a new coat of paint and awaits final installation

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The newly painted cupola with custom replacement windows and upholstered seats

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A coat of paint on the floor enhances the freshly painted interior

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With powder-coated hardware installed on the trim new exterior, the caboose is ready for its public debut at Colfax Railroad Days 2015

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The focus of volunteer efforts next shifted to the roof replacement

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Starting first with the cupola, the old roofing was removed and the wood prepped

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Underlayment material was put down and sealed

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Flashing was cut to fit and nailed in place

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The new roofing material installed on the cupola roof

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Adding trim boards

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Removing old hardware and residual roofing

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Applying roofing underlayment to main roof

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Installing flashing along roof edges

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The finished roof awaiting a new catwalk

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Masking windows for a final coat of paint

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Master painter at work

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And his able assistant

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A job well done!

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New catwalk being installed

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Interior and exterior hardware

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Mounts for caboose marker lights

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Lettering being applied

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Our caboose is now SP #863, another C30-1 caboose that served on Colfax local

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Tribute to member and historian Ken Yeo who repacked the journals

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Initial interior displays showing historical role of the caboose

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Colfax caboose grand opening ceremony July 3, 2017

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Community interest in the newly renovated caboose

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Kids (of all ages) love climbing into the cupola

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