UPDATE: Here’s a bit more information on Central Park in Albertville’s newest feature – a Burlington Northern caboose, provided by the Albertville Lions Club.
According to the Lions, the caboose was purchased from a private owner in Moose Lake, Minnesota and transported to the city with the help of BNSF Railroad and Albertville staff.
The restoration project will take much of this year, and the Lions are seeking historic, railroad artifacts to place inside the caboose to make the old car a sort of “museum on wheels.” The caboose will be open to the public during events, such as Friendly City Days, farmers’ markets and music nights in the summer.
Those looking to donate to the cause – trade talents or historic railroad memorabilia – should contact LeRoy Berning at 763-443-5621.
Original story: In 2012, the City of Albertville and their cohorts at the Albertville Lions announced a plan to revitalize the Central Park area, home of the Albertville Lions Shelter, the annual Friendly City Days Celebration and, of course, the city’s lone skating rink and largest softball complex.
Part of the plan, city leaders and members of the Lions organization said, was to pay homage to the city’s old train depot.
That started this weekend, as crews from both groups, as well as Burlington Northern-Sante Fe railroad (BNSF) moved a classic train caboose into place.
Check out the video (click on the link below if you’re on a mobile device and the video isn’t playing for you):
More to come on this exciting development.