Funds sought to restore Wheaton caboose

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
A fundraising effort is underway by the Wheaton Historical Society to raise approximately $3,000 for restoration work on the railroad caboose at the depot museum. Ralph Lamberson is pictured reviewing damage to the caboose, acquired in 2009, apparently from people picking away pieces of deteriorated wood. The caboose was acquired from the Country Caboose near Duneweg and transported with help provided through Glen Garrett and Tri-State Motor Transit. Lamberson said in addition to restoration, he hopes to transform the Frisco caboose into one from the Missouri and Northeren Arkansas Railroad, which is the line that served Wheaton. He believes the Frisco made cabooses for both companies and would only need minor modifications, including moving windows. The caboose matches the style of those built in the late 1940s, though the wheels are dated 1918. Anyone interested in making a donation may contact Lamberson at 417-825-3956. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

A fundraising effort is underway by the Wheaton Historical Society to raise approximately $3,000 for restoration work on the railroad caboose at the depot museum.

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