The NX23 Caboose residing at 644 Miami Street continues to draw visitors thanks to Ken Davis, Howard Brust, and Gary Salzgaber. They are the “keepers” of the railcar – they monitor the condition, oversee needed repairs, and open the car during the year for touring. The busiest day for the railcar is during the Simon Kenton Pathfinders Bike Ride held the second Sunday in September. The bike ride draws hundreds of riders from several states and the railcar has continuous traffic throughout the day. The railcar is a valuable piece of history and provides a great destination for a school field trip or a senior outing. To schedule a tour or volunteer to serve as a guide, contact Ken Davis, 937-653-8964. Additional help is always appreciated! The car is open to the public on Earth Day in April, during the Simon Kenton Pathfinders Annual Bike Ride in September, and the Urban Loft Tour in November. Additional dates will be announced via the Urbana Citizen and the CCPA website.
Repairs scheduled for the car include sealing the roof vents, replacing a rotted vertical board, repairing water damage on the inside and painting interior and exterior surfaces. To further enhance the railcar display, we are looking for a railroad cross buck and a railroad signal light for road crossings. Complete units or parts are acceptable. Contact Ken Davis with any questions.
The CCPA is indebted to Ken, Howard and Gary for their technical knowledge of railroad policies, technology and history, and for their stewardship in promoting the preservation of rail history in Champaign County. In addition, they have donated hundreds of hours in labor and hundreds of dollars in materials to the maintenance and restoration of the railcar.
Gentlemen, thank you for your dedication!