Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

June 11, 2013

Ashland to receive caboose

ASHLAND — A piece of railroad history will pull into Ashland’s Transportation Center in the coming weeks.

A 1969 caboose, NW 555441, will  be placed next to the historical C&O Depot. The caboose is in Wheelersburg, but is no longer in use or wanted by authorities there, according to Don Maxwell, a local railroad historian and enthusiast. A friend of Maxwell’s, Chad Fannin, whose grandfather, Edward Fannin, secured the caboose upon his retirement from Norfolk and Western in the mid-1980s, reached out to Maxwell about the caboose, he said.

 “I immediately thought that would be great if Ashland wanted it, and it was part of the historic building there,” said Maxwell, who is a former city commissioner. The caboose, was first commissioned at No. 411 by Southern Railway, which later merged with Norfolk and Western and the caboose was renumbered, Maxwell said.

City officials immediately responded. Finance Director Tony Grubb and City Manager Steve Corbitt went to look at the caboose and Mayor Chuck Charles set to working on how to get it moved to Ashland.

Corbitt said the 45-foot steel caboose was a natural fit at the historic depot that now serves as a modern Transportation Center for rail and bus traffic. “We are a railroad town,” Corbitt said. Logistics are still getting worked out, but the plan is to place the caboose at the western end of the depot perpendicular to the floodwall and railroad tracks, Corbitt said.

The caboose is being donated and city officials say the only costs associated with it will be the cost to move, restore it and any addition needed to the existing deck to make it accessible. City staffers will do the restoration and decking work. The caboose will most likely be used as a small meeting space after it is restored, said Corbitt.

 “We have a talented array of workers on our staff that we can pull something like that off. We have that kind of range. I think it is going to be a real nice end piece to the building,” Michele Rickman, acting administrator of the Ashland Bus System, said.

“It is another great asset to have,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity. It adds some charm to the area and is another way to pay tribute to the past there and add a little signature item.”

Rickman said the Transportation Center and nearby Ashland Riverfront Park get a lot of photography traffic for weddings, senior class photos and prom. “All the time people are coming down to take pictures,” she said.

Maxwell said he is delighted the city is taking action, not only because of his personal connection to the Fannin family. “It means it is still being preserved and not cut up for scrap, which is what has happened to the majority of cabooses. That is why the value of them has increased the way it has. There are not many of them left,” said Maxwell.

While Maxwell was serving on the commission, city officials began renovations of the historic depot and the Ashland Riverfront Park.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • News in brief, 07/24/14

    A Fleming County man was arrested on sex charges Tuesday by the Kentucky State Police.

    July 23, 2014

  • Boyd/Greenup backpack program turns 10

    For 10 years, the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association has been helping children start their school year off right.

    July 23, 2014

  • Area water plants recognized

    Water treatment plants across the state were recognized for consistently producing drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards, including the Rattlesnake Ridge Water District in Olive Hill and six others.

    July 23, 2014

  • City gives wastewater treatment plant operations to Greenup agency

    During joint special meetings of the Greenup Joint Sewer Agency and the Wurtland city commission on Tuesday, Wurtland agreed to hand over operations of its wastewater treatment plant to the agency.
    Pending the signing and approval of certain legal documents, plant operations will officially be under the GJSA on Aug. 1.

    July 23, 2014

  • Edelen studies fiscal health of rural hospitals

    On the fourth stop of his listening tour to address the fiscal health of rural hospitals, Adam Edelen said the crowd in Morehead was the largest he has seen yet.
    The big attendance attests to how seriously the region regards the issue of sustainability of local hospitals, he said.

    July 23, 2014

  • Putnam renovations ‘coming together’ as football season approaches

    Locker rooms are beginning to take shape at Putnam Stadium as rebuilding of the venerable arena nears completion.
    Workers are readying concrete forms on the home side and grading the site on the visitors’ side and soon will erect the structures, the goal to have them ready to use for the first home game of the 2014 season Aug. 22.

    July 23, 2014

  • Huntington man wanted for armed robbery

    The Ashland Police Department is searching for an 18-year-old Huntington man who was involved in an armed robbery last month.

    July 23, 2014

  • Detroit man arrested near Fairview

    A Detroit man was arrested Wednesday after an undercover drug buy near Fairview High School, the Boyd County Sheriff's Department reported.

    July 23, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Construction at Kentucky football stadium to go on

    The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.

    July 23, 2014