Volunteer Jim Bridgen working inside our Restoration Shop on our Lehigh Valley caboose. Photo by Chris Hauf, Feb. 4, 2012

Off with the old… We have started preparing the metal exterior surface of our Lehigh Valley caboose for repair and refinishing. Volunteer Jim Bridgen uses a borrowed needle scaler to begin the process of removing the old and flaked Conrail paint in preparation for grit blasting and priming this coming spring. The R&GVRRM is currently working on acquiring several additional needle scalers to aid in the work on the caboose and several other upcoming projects. We can now support several air tools at once due to our install in 2011 of a new 80-gallon Ingersoll Rand air compressor/drier system in our shop.

During this first phase of restoration work, we are trying to raise $2000 to cover the costs of materials for the steel body repair and refinishing. You can donate immediately using PayPal, or you can mail your contribution to us (make sure you note “LV 95100” on your check). We’re also seeking donations of materials and paint to help complete this restoration. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support!