Historic Caboose To Be Moved

Will Be Part Of New Hurricane Park Museum

For decades, rail cars have rolled through the City of Hurricane, sounding train whistles long before Interstate 64 was constructed. They are a part of the town’s historic culture. Soon, the railroad will have a museum to show off its history, in the town.

The yellow Chessie System caboose, that takes up a corner of the Hurricane Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s parking lot, will house the first part of the museum at a new location in Hurricane City Park – near the sprayground and a swingset.

Mayor Scott D. Edwards says numerous historic items related to Hurricane’s railroad history will be placed in the caboose.

This will be the latest upgrade to the popular park which attracts patrons from miles around.

You might think that moving the caboose is simple and inexpensive. However, despite adjacent railroad tracks, there aren’t any leading from the caboose and no tracks lead directly into the park. We’re talking about a $9,000 price tag, which Edwards says is being funded by donations.

There are railroad enthusiasts who travel the globe to visit such museums. If they visit Hurricane, that will be an economic boost to the area.

All of this will happen after the West Virginia Division of Highways replaces the aging one-lane bridge at the park’s entrance.