Nampa caboose gets a paint job during restoration project

Posted at 7:04 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 21:11:29-04

A piece of history in Nampa has gotten a fresh coat of paint; boxcar red. After three years, this CA-3 caboose at the Nampa Depot Museum is now halfway through its restoration. 

"This is what built America, the railroad is what made America what it is today," said Eriks Garsvo, the volunteer project manager.

Garsvo says the last time the caboose was red was back in 1947 and this is the only one that is now back to its original color. The 33 other surviving models were painted yellow in 1947 when Union Pacific switched over. The painters who worked on this piece of history say they knew it was a special project.

"I wasn't even really sure how to bid it and once I got a look out at it, it was a little bit exciting to think well okay, yeah we can do this," said Billy Watkins from Triple C Painting. 

Now it's time to work on the interior, and this time they'll be working with wood. Restoring the inside to its original form complete with a tongue and groove floor and a two-tone green paint job. Back in the 40's, a caboose not only brought up the rear but also served as an office and sleeping quarters for staff. They hope to have it fully restored by next summer, in time for Nampa Depot Days. But right now there are no plans for the car to travel the rails again.

"People will come here to see this caboose because it's very unique and it's been restored. It will also bring money to downtown here," said Garsvo.

Nampa Depot Days are set to kick off on June 22nd.