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Herndon caboose on W&OD trail to get facelift

The caboose in Herndon is undergoing repairs (Photo via NOVA Parks/Twitter).

The iconic caboose in Downtown Herndon next to Herndon’s Railroad Depot and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail is getting a facelift.

Earlier this month, crews began working on repairing the exterior structure of the caboose. The project is expected to wrap up some time next month, according to the Town of Herndon’s Department of Public Works.

According to town staff, the caboose developed surface rust and paint began chipping off of the exterior, prompting the need for the project.

“The project involves the removal of the rust, repainting of the exterior surfaces including the undercarriage, and restoration painting of the W&OD seal and associated lettering on the caboose,” the town wrote in a statement to FFXnow.

The caboose was brought to the Town of Herndon in 1989 after the Herndon Historical Society expressed interested in securing a caboose for the Herndon depot.

The all-steel caboose, which weights 45,300 pounds and is roughly 37 feet long is base don a design used on U.S. railroads after World War II.

The latest work on the caboose is being completed by The Matthews Group, Inc. under the supervision of the town’s Department of Public Works.

Photo via NOVA Parks/Twitter

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