Caboose Finally Arrives!
The caboose was in transit for
several weeks until it reached Colleyville. The caboose, which
was supposed to arrive on June 16, was delayed when there was a
derailment in Oklahoma. The cranes, used to transport the
caboose from the train tracks to its resting spot in Bransford
Park, were needed for the Oklahoma accident.
A 1974 restored
caboose was delivered today, June 17, 2003, to Bransford Park.
Northern Santa Fe donated the caboose to the city after it was
restored by Gunderson Southwest located in Cleburne. Gunderson
restored both the interior and the exterior. The restoration was
an involved and timely process, taking several months.
Colleyville resident. Darla Dennison, played an essential role
in coordinating the project.
caboose arrived in Colleyville, great care and preparation was
taken in its relocation into the park. Two cranes had to
simultaneously lift and maneuver the caboose off the tracks and
onto a short track that was laid down in the park for the
caboose to sit on.
caboose will permanently reside in the Bransford Park near the
historic Webb House. There
will be a dedication ceremony this summer to recognize the
project that took nearly two years of planning and coordinating.
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