NEW BUFFALO — CSX Transportation, an early supporter of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum when it opened its doors in the 1980s and since, has informed the New Buffalo Railroad Museum of the donation of the CO 904126 Caboose in an “as is” condition subject to the Museum’s relocation from Holland, Michigan, to the Museum site at 530 S. Whittaker Street, Suite. B, in New Buffalo.
The Museum Board gives special thanks to CSX’s Robert Rohauer for making this happen.
To support the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Museum, The Pokagon Fund Board of Directors has granted a conditional $5,000 grant to support the costs of relocation and refurbishment of the Caboose as a permanent display at the Museum’s site.
“The caboose used to play a major role until they were retired in the 1980’s. It’s wonderful that our local New Buffalo Railroad Museum will be one of the few places that children will be able to experience these important relics,” said The Pokagon Fund Executive Director Janet Cocciarelli.
The Fund is providing a matching grant; to secure this funding. The Museum must raise $5,000 in new donations from individuals and businesses for this purpose. The Museum invites the public to join us to ensure this grant and this successful acquisition.
The Museum is working on relocation for this April and a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May.
Acquiring a Caboose has long been a goal of the Museum. Imagine an refurbished authentic bright yellow C&O Caboose alongside an authentic World War II Railroad Troop Car, an authentic Chessie System Box Car, a brightly colored Depot, and the New Buffalo Fire Department 1870 Hand Pumper Unit used to fight the great Chicago Fire of 1871 on view directly from the entry to New Buffalo, the heart of Harbor County on Harbor Country Drive/South Whittaker Street.
Most individuals never have the opportunity to actually go inside a railroad car other than passenger train or mass transit. With the addition of a caboose, New Buffalo Railroad Museum visitors will be able to go inside three.
It is anticipated that the addition of a caboose will be a major draw to the Museum and complete the railroad cars component of our displays.
The recent Community Assessment Report conducted by The Pokagon Fund along with feedback from the Community suggests that continued and new community engagement opportunities for engagement for children and their families is highly desired by all. Based on visitor tracking, the largest percentage of visitors to the Museum includes families.
For 2019, the New Buffalo Railroad Museum will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, April 6 through Oct. 27. This is made possible by the generosity of entities like CSX Transportation, The Pokagon Fund, and area businesses as well as many residents, second homeowners, and visitors to our area.
For more information on how to help, contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Katha Kissman, at (202) 669-4423.
The museum website is http://new-buffalo-railroad-museum.org/