Re: Fw: Caboose Restoration issues
- I can only sympathize. One of our local "toorist attrakshuns" which
likes to call itself a museum, arbitrarily painted a 'restored' tank car
with the incorrect number because they thought it looked better as "42"
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Alcan highway. The fact that
this tank car #28 wasn't even on the railway before 1949 was
conveniently overlooked since it didn't fit their selective version of
'reality'. All of my suggestions to the contrary fell on totally deaf
ears. "Our minds are made up, don't confuse us with facts"
When we offered to restore the correct number at no cost to them, we
were threatened with charges of vandalism.
Historical accuracy has nothing to do with it.
Harry Marnell wrote:
> Folks -
> Can someone with experience in restoration and/or museums/societies respond
> to Mr. Lacey's concerns.
- Hi - I will forward this message to the museum so they can take a look at
it. I am currently on active duty with the Army so I suggest that further
communications should be directed to Al Dittmann at maral@... until
further notice. Al can direct these requests to the appropriate personnel.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Harry Marnell" <marnell@...>
To: <NWPRRfan@yahoogroups.com>; <Calrailfans@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: <NCNGRR@yahoogroups.com>; <BayArea_RailHistory@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2003 6:30 PM
Subject: <NevadaCoNG> Fw: Caboose Restoration issues
> Folks -
> Can someone with experience in restoration and/or museums/societies
> 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
> the politics of it.
> ----- 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
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> after photos and have the sketches and measurements I took, during the 15
> > Hope to hear from you.
> > Joe Lacey
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