Town caboose gets upgraded

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ELKTON — It has been 27 years since the town got a caboose, so it was time for an upgrade.

Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the town recently spent $1,000 on a new wood deck for the Norfolk & Western caboose, which is located across Rockingham Street from town hall.

The new deck is larger than the old one.

Shifflett said he plans to have town staff steam clean and paint it this summer. Eventually, he would like to fix up the inside of the caboose and open it to the public.

The caboose is currently kept locked. It was left open in years past, but that stopped when someone started living in it, he said.

Merck & Co., Myers Ford and other businesses donated some $3,079 toward the caboose project in 1989, according to council minutes.

The late Prentice Gooden, who was an employee of Chesapeake Western Railway, was instrumental in getting the caboose for the town, according to Gene Kite. Chesapeake Western Railway of Harrisonburg is a subsidiary of Norfolk & Southern, which was previously known as Norfolk & Western, Kite said.

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