Experience moving a caboose?

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org
Mon Nov 16 12:52:13 EST 2015

On 11/16/2015 6:43 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> 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.

Crane will be fastest.   The body will come off the trucks.  The body 
will need to be blocked up until the trucks are moved to the new track 
unless you have two cranes.  Perhaps a heavy duty forklift could handle 
the trucks.  Then the body can be lowered onto the trucks.

Last time the WV Railroad Museum moved a car, I think the crane costs 
was around $130 per hour.  You might find a construction company willing 
to donate time or at least a portion of the time.

Take care

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