Next Big Goal: Restoring Our Caboose

Now that our Museum has become established, restoration of our circa 1951 caboose is foremost among our goals as an organization. Our little red caboose has become quite a landmark in the historic area of downtown Garner, drawing much attention and also attracting visitors to the Museum. We get questions on a regular basis about if and when it might be open for visitors. Our goal would be to restore the caboose to its authentic state as it appeared when it was a working railcar.

Officers of the GAHS Board have consulted with a well-known railroad historian as well as a craftsperson who have worked together to complete restorations of railcars for other area historical organizations. We’re ready to begin active fundraising toward this effort. Donors have contributed cash at the Museum as well as through our website, but it is time to begin serious, specific fundraising. There are some grant funds available, but those would only cover a portion of the restoration costs. Our need is to raise at least $15,000. Please spread the word, and let’s get our caboose restored!

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