BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -- A retired Santa Fe railroad employee in Chanute, Kansas has donated a Santa Fe Railway caboose for the steam locomotive next to the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce depot in downtown Bartlesville.
The Friends of the AT&SF #940 steam engine accepted the donation Tuesday from retired conductor Walter Aday.
Aday, who worked for Santa Fe for 42-years, was a conductor on many of the freight trains which passed through Bartlesville.
The aging caboose will be making the 90 mile trip within the next couple of months.
Officials say it will be restored once it arrives in Bartlesville. Those restoration efforts include sand blasting, metal repair and repainting.
Donations to help with the move and restoration effort are being managed by the Bartlesville Community Foundation.