Caboose gets nice and tidy with paint job

A treasured part of the Abbeville County Historical Society railroad park received a sprucing up recently, with a paint job.

On Wednesday morning, Jeremy Creswell and Austin McCurry of #1 Painting could be found painting the underside of the caboose which is situated behind the Historical Society's McGowan Barksdale Bundy House.

By the day's end, the entire caboose had been painted. On top of the caboose, there had been considerable peeling paint, and the repainting took care of that problem, according to Abbeville County Historical Society president Andrew Hartsfield.

Austin McCurry and Jeremy Creswell of #1 Painting in front of the caboose.

"It took three days for them to paint it," Hartsfield said. "They started on Monday."

The duo also pressure washed and scrubbed the concrete platform on which the caboose is situated, an iron fence on the grounds, and a brick display in front of the caboose.

People had been able to buy bricks to help fund the creation of the railroad park.

In fact, one may still buy a brick, and to do so, one may contact Tom Howie of Abbeville, Hartsfield said.

The caboose was in regular use in the Southeast from the Sixties to the Eighties, before it was donated to the Historical Society, the Society president continued.

At Christmastime, it will be adorned with holiday lights, Hartsfield went on to say.

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