Experience moving a caboose?

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Mon Nov 16 09:55:44 EST 2015

Mr. Akers, 
The Caboose weighs approx. 50,000 lbs.  you will need an 80ton crane to lift the caboose off the trucks, the trucks weigh approx. 8,000 lbs each, now for the good part
you will need to prepare a track section to sit the caboose on in the new location, then it is simply a task to relocate the trucks and sit the caboose on the trucks. Of course
you will need to chock the trucks so it doesn't roll away. 
This is a quick overview but should get you in the neighbor hood  of what it takes, the cost will depend on the crane service and what is required for the track. 

hope this helps 

Cliff Orange, 
Christiansburg, VA
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The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation would like to relocate the local caboose to a new location on the west end of the depot, and we are looking for advice on how to do it. The attached photo shows where it is now, and it will move to the foreground of the photo. It has to move about 80 feet, across a flat paved surface. How much does it weigh? Is this best done by laying track or using a crane? Any referrals to companies that you know have done this? Can a caboose be disassembled to some degree to make the move easier? Thanks very much.  
Frank Akers
Rural Retreat Depot Foundation


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