Arizona museum group acquires Santa Fe caboose

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The Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation has acquired this former Santa Fe caboose, built in 1934 and rebuilt by the railroad in 1967.
Pete Kahon; courtesy Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation has has acquired a restored and operational Santa Fe caboose. The Ce-1 end-cupola waycar No. 999060 was built in 1934 as No. 1933 and rebuilt by the railroad in 1967. Retired by the railroad in 1990, it has been privately owned and operated, most recently on the Midland Railway excursion railroad in Baldwin City, Kan., until last year. It is essentially in original condition but had fresh paint applied in 2018; the foundation says this makes it “ideal for both museum preservation and operational use.”

The car is  still in Kansas because its storage location is blocked by a string of stored coal hoppers. Eventually, it will be shipped to Williams, where it will be stored, and may occasionally see use, on the Grand Canyon Railway, until the society can build its planned museum in Williams At the Grand Canyon Railway, it will  join a 1978-built Santa Fe caboose owned by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

The Grand Canyon Chapter NRHS has made an $11,000 grant to the ASRM Foundation towards the acquisition and preservation of the caboose.

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