Southern Railway Wooden Caboose

$13,271 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 28 months
The SE Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum has a chance to purchase, move, restore, and display a very rare Southern Railway wooden caboose.  There are more preserved Southern steam engines than there are wooden cabooses.

This caboose was Southern X2715, built by the Lenoir Car Works in 1922 and presumably retired in the early 1950's. It was purchased in Rock Hill, SC and moved to Fort Mill, where it has been a private cabin for decades.  The current owner wants to sell it and would rather see it go to a museum, but he also has a buyer that wants to move it and use it as a private fishing cabin. 

As such, the current owner has given us 6 weeks to raise funds to purchase the unit and move it from the property.  Again, the cab is extremely rare and historically significant, as well as being very intact. Nearly all of the original hardware, including the brake rigging and underbody parts, as well as grab irons, are all still either on the car or stored safely nearby.   

We have a pledged anonymous donor that will match dollar for dollar every donation raised in this campaign.  With the funds we will purchase, move, and restore this wonderful piece of history to her former glory and put her under COVERED  and SECURE protection for generations of people to enjoy. 

Please help us in this regard and be a part of saving history. All donations are tax-deductible. We are the  Alexander Chapter-National Railway Historical Society. Our address is PO Box 1205, Hickory NC 28603. Email us for our Tax ID number if you need it for accounting purposes.
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Hi everyone-

As the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, I once again want to thank all of the donors for your support. We are the oldest 501c3 railroad preservation society in western North Carolina and projects like this are our mission. While we did not raise all of the $25,000 we had aimed for, we certainly raised enough to purchase and move the caboose. All funds raised via GoFundMe and offline pledges go into the chapter's general checking account and will be accounted for and used specifically for this caboose project. Thanks again for your support, and you are invited to follow our progress on Facebook and our website at
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Fans of Southern Railway history stepped up BIG TIME, and in six weeks, enough money was raised to purchase and move this rare artifact of history. It couldn't have happened without people like you, and now this rare caboose will be able to tell her story for generations to come. We still need dollars for the restoration and the GoFundMe page will remain active, but the future for this caboose is now secure and will be a crown jewel in the collection of the museum.
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This is the LAST day of the gofundme campaign.

Please donate. You are a rail fan. You love the Southern Railway and all of the history it encompasses.

Please help save this rarest of all Southern birds.
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Only THREE days to do... please help. Let's hit the $15K mark by the end of the month.

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$13,271 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 79 people in 28 months
Created October 17, 2016
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26 months ago
Wayland Moore
26 months ago

Hope it happens. The one up here in Piney River is severely rotten and in pieces.

Barry Kimble
26 months ago

Donated in dedication to the Washington Div. employees of the Southern Ry.

26 months ago
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