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Union Pacific Caboose
About this Exploration:
In the late 1980s, the Union Pacific Railroad Company phased out many of their cabooses on their trains and the community of Victoria was selected to receive one. Tony Weigel, a Victoria native who worked for UP in Kansas City, began the process of having Union Pacific donate one of their cabooses instead of just letting it rust away in one of their yards.
In late 1989, UP sent the caboose to Victoria along with all the paint numbers and new decals so city employees could restore it back to it’s original bright yellow color. The paint scheme for Union Pacific is still one of the oldest original paint combinations used by a major railroad. Armour yellow is the main paint color with red lines, white, black and harbor mist gray used on other parts of the caboose.
On Wednesday March 21, 1990 the caboose found a new home in the Victoria City Park. Lots of people came out to watch the move and see how they set it up in the park. Hubert Sanders was the mayor at the time and had the moving company weld the wheels to the short length of track to prevent any accidental movement. The city workers painted and restored the caboose and have kept it looking great for all these years.
City Clerk - Mary Pfeifer
1005 4th St.
Victoria, KS 67671