The Caboose located at 5th and Johnson Streets in Vandalia celebrated 45 years in town this week. And, refurbishing work is currently ongoing to ensure a longer life ahead. Bill Howard talks about the work that has been completed and what is coming up.
Howard says the project is now estimated to take 24 months and they are looking at a completion date potentially in the spring of 2019. The caboose is from the Illinois Central Railroad and has been in Vandalia for 45 years, but the caboose is 77 years old, going out of service as a caboose in 1971 before making it’s journey to Vandalia in 1972.