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  • Harry Marnell
    Folks - Can someone with experience in restoration and/or museums/societies respond to Mr. Lacey s concerns. All I ve done is set up a website or two, and I
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 24, 2003
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      Folks -

      Can someone with experience in restoration and/or museums/societies respond
      to Mr. Lacey's concerns. All I've done is set up a website or two, and I
      have NO experience at all in dealing with restoration or, more to the point,
      the politics of it.

      Harry

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <twobells2@...>
      To: "Marnell, Harry" <marnells@...>
      Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 16:07
      Subject: Caboose


      > Harry,
      > I'll try this again. I am Joe (Two Bells) Lacey in Crescent City. I
      need some help, (no heavy lifting involved) We have a blind end, side
      door,coupola, caboose which we found 15 years ago on a ranch being used as a
      chicken coop. It ran on the Crescent City and Smith River Railroad which
      went out of business in 1938. It belongs to the Del Norte Historical
      Society, and we are going to place it at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds.
      The project is about 95% restored, with windows, locks,grab bars, conductors
      desk, and an entry ramp to go.One of the experts decided any good caboose
      should have a porch so he put it on, Before I knew who put it on, I tore
      about 60% of it off, He had 4x4's for grab bars,and a roof. My position is
      that this car is a rare bird, and never had a porch, and to put one on would
      destroy the restoration. So we now sit at loggerheads. I just hope someone
      dosen't start living in it and burn it down. The historical society trustees
      are going to rule on what to do. The trustees are not historians or rail
      buffs, they do good at pot lucks and ice cream socials. I am hopeing you and
      some other rail fans can convince the powers to finnish the restoration
      corectly. If you would sent me your phone # and best day and time to call
      I'd like to discuss this further. Evenings are best for me.I have before and
      after photos and have the sketches and measurements I took, during the 15
      years.
      >
      > Hope to hear from you.
      > Joe Lacey
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