Donations Needed To Help Refurbish Caboose And Refrigerator Car

Areas of chipped paint and wear are visible on the caboose and refrigerator car at the Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum. Museum officials are starting a project to refurbish the cars with the help of local donors.

The Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum is asking for help to refurbish the caboose and refrigerator car on display at the south side of the museum building. 

Because the cars are visible from Main Street, museum officials want them to look as good as other recent improvements to the downtown area. The project, which includes a paint job by rail car painting specialists, will cost about $13,000, according to Curtis Berry, museum curator.

Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, he said. But, former Illinois Central Railroad employees can be recognized starting with a $100 donation. They will be listed on a plaque, which will be displayed in the caboose or the refrigerator car along with recognition of the donor.

Ten places are being set aside for 8×10-inch photo-plaques, which will include a photograph and biography of the honoree. These are available for individual donations of $1,000.

The recognition will be limited to employees of the Illinois Central, Illinois Central Gulf, and the Canadian National who worked in the Mississippi Division.

The project may begin as early as the weekend, according to Berry.

Donations can be made by contacting Berry or by mail to the museum at 105 Railroad Street, Water Valley, MS 38965. Information is available by contacting museum assistant Jack Gurner by email, jackgurner@yahoo.com or by phone, 473-6035.

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