Southeastern Railway Museum to celebrate cabooses this April

Southeastern Railway Museum
This class C19 caboose was built in 1940 for P&WV as No. 837 and later acquired by N&W in 1964. It was donated to the Southeastern Railway Museum in 1989. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

DULUTH, Ga. — The Southeastern Railway Museum during a two-day event this April will celebrate cabooses and the crews that called them home.

“Caboose Days” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 1-2. The special event will feature temporary caboose tattoos, food, vendors and $2 rides on the museum’s restored antique handcar.

The museum is home to more than a half-dozen vintage cabooses, including wood cabooses built in 1915 and 1916. During Caboose Days, guests will have the opportunity ride in a caboose around the museum on a train pulled by a vintage locomotive.

Among the historic cabooses on display is No. 2866, which was donated to the museum in 1982. In 1970, the Georgia Railroad caboose was converted from a 1945 boxcar, and the steel bay window caboose was used to carry passengers in mixed train service on the Georgia Railroad.

The museum, Georgia’s Official Transportation History Museum, is home to roughly 90 pieces of vintage railroad equipment on a 35-acre site. Admission

Meanwhile, the museum is teaming with the city of Duluth will host the third annual Fast Track 5K this Memorial Day weekend.

This year’s race steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 27, in downtown Duluth. Pre-race activities start at 7 a.m. All runners will receive a T-shirt, and participants and spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire.

The race is a USA Track & Field certified event and is a Peachtree Road Race certified pre-qualifier. Registration is $25 until May 24 and $30 starting May 25. To register, log onto tinyurl.com/FT5K2017.

For more information, visit southeasternrailwaymuseum.org.

Todd DeFeo
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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is the owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and Railfanning.org.

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