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David Longest

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Monon Caboose?
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:15:05 PM »
I am sure this is old news, but the Bluegrass Scenic RR and Museum in Versailes, KY, has a caboose that they believe was a Monon caboose. I was unable to copy the photo on their web page, but url is www.BluegrassRailroad.com.  My daughter went to college with the daughter of one of their volunteers.  His first name fails me, but he is a Begley.  Some may know him.
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Rick Dreistadt

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Re: Monon Caboose?
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013, 07:51:42 PM »
Wouldn't be Dennis Begley, L&N/CSX engineer on the short line, would it?
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Ron Marquardt

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013, 10:14:38 PM »
Here's their Monon caboose picture David.  / Ron

Stew Winstandley

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2013, 11:04:19 PM »
www.monon.org shows that the caboose at BGRM was Monon 81526:
http://www.monon.org/caboose/b81526.jpg

The equipment page at http://www.bgrm.org/#/cabooses/4514605564 says that:
"We are currently researching this caboose, but we believe it was originally a Monon caboose acquired by the L&N. Any information on this caboose would be appreciated. It is currently serving as storage for track equipment  till appropriate facilities can be built. The caboose is very solid inside and out and a excellent canidate for a quick cosmetic restoration once it's heritage is fully researched."

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George Lortz

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013, 11:16:31 AM »
The Bluegrass Railroad Museum has had this caboose for many years.  It is former-Monon wide-vision caboose # 81526.  It came to the musuem from the Clinchfield Railroad and was their #1065 (see attached photo).  Prior to being owned by CRR, the caboose was lettered L&N numbers 917, 6917 and 6491.

The Monon Society has tried to purchase this caboose over the years.  At one time the price was reasonable, but other logistics prevented that from happenng.  Eventually, BGRM decided to spend the money for full restoration, but the last time I saw it and took photos, it was being used as a storage barn for a large amount of railroad hardware.  It's possible they have now placed it in railfan service.

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Stew Winstandley

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Monon Caboose?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2013, 03:02:31 PM »
I saw it yesterday and it is still used for storage.

Stew Winstandley

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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2014, 11:56:07 PM »
An officer of the Blue Grass Railroad Museum told me Sunday that their exMonon caboose 81526 is possibly going to get a paint job next Spring if the funds are available.  If they do that, lets hope for Monon and not L&N or CRR. He said the caboose would continue to be used for storage.

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2014, 10:02:41 AM »
I wonder if it would help make the decision on paint color and lettering if some of us volunteered to come down and help with the work?

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Stew Winstandley

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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 10:56:21 AM »
I was told last night that if the BGRM restores the caboose, it will be restored as a Monon caboose.  We'll wait and see what develops this Spring.

Stew