Burlington Northern caboose to move from Missouri to Iowa

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LOUISIANA, Mo. – Burlington Northern caboose 10326 is moving. The caboose has been on display in downtown Louisiana since Oct. 10, 1988. Louisiana is on the BNSF Railway former Burlington Route main line along the Mississippi River between Hannibal and St. Louis, Mo.

The city paid $3,000 for the caboose, which at one time was used by the chamber of commerce as a tourist information center. More recently it was used for storage but had deteriorated the last several years. Although the city didn’t have the finances to restore the caboose, officials didn’t want to see it destroyed.

The Burlington & Missouri River Railway Museum in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, offered to buy the caboose and move it. The Louisiana City Council agreed to the deal on Feb. 13, the People’s Tribune newspaper reported.

International Car Co. built the caboose in 1960 as Great Northern Railway X-36. It became BN 10326 following the March 1970 Burlington Northern merger.

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