Restored caboose to be sent to park

A Tidewater Southern Railway caboose that trailed locomotives half a century ago will be restored and put out to pasture in a Modesto park.

The city is teaming with Modesto fuel distributor Boyett Petroleum to raise $20,000 to spruce up the 1950s caboose. The city bought the caboose in 2004 for $6,000. Now it makes its home at the city's sewer treatment plant.

"It needs a paint job and some TLC," said Andy Johnson, a fund development specialist with the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department.

Once restored to its former glory, the caboose will be moved to Roosevelt Park on Orangeburg Avenue. It should feel at home there. Roosevelt Park sits next to the Virginia Corridor Trail, which was built on Tidewater Southern's former railroad route.

Residents can donate to the caboose restoration, and Boyett will match those contributions dollar-for-dollar.

Boyett also will match the value of donated scrap metal, bottles, cans and discarded electronics. The city will receive credit for the donations if the donor mentions the "B Green" program at the following recyclers:

Take glass bottles, plastics and aluminum cans to Modesto Junk Co., 1403 Ninth St.

Take scrap metal and electronics such as televisions and computers to the Electronic Waste Recovery Center, 1219 Kansas Ave. Call for an appointment: 523-2336.

Bee staff writer Leslie Albrecht can be reached at or 578-2378. Follow her at