OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A vintage Union Pacific caboose at the Troutdale Depot Park Rail Museum has now been restored to its original colors. The Troutdale Depot Rail Museum has a newly restored showpiece for you to visit. The museum in downtown Troutdale last week unveiled its newly restored Union Pacific Caboose, which has sat out in the elements for years now slowly weathering.

Late last month, however, a three-man crew from Atlanta, GA-based Southern Pride Equipment Painting arrived in town and quickly got to work. The company specializes in restoring locomotives and other railway cars, with small teams of painters traveling cross-country from location to location.

On Oct. 21 company owner John Frazier arrived with painters Donald Hall and Mark Miller and erected a large awning over the Depot Park caboose, which was donated to the museum in 1987. The painting took a little over a week to complete. When all was said and done, the caboose was restored almost to its original condition, at least on the exterior. These photos show the work as it progresses from start to finish.


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