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Ballards donate for second caboose restoration

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Extra enhancements are coming to the Practice Museum in Cornelia.

The Depot Affiliation not too long ago obtained a donation from Philip and Jane Ballard to assist restore the Southern Railway Caboose situated behind the Historic Practice Museum downtown. The $5,000 donation comes on the heels of the finished restoration of the Tallulah Falls X5 Caboose situated within the Practice Museum car parking zone.

The SR Caboose is extra sturdy than the TF X5 as a result of it’s metallic, nevertheless it has been in disrepair for fairly a while, says Cornelia’s Group Growth Director Jessie Owensby.

“The restoration of the second caboose generally is a massive tourism draw to downtown as a result of it’s already so in style. The children like to stroll via it. The town is so appreciative of the Ballard household, in addition to the Depot Affiliation for seeing the significance of maintaining it maintained,” she says.

The caboose was used on the Tallulah Falls Railroad to haul freight from the Cornelia Veneer Plant from 1942 till 1961.

The Historic Practice Museum in Cornelia is situated at 102 Grant Place. (nowhabersham.com)

“Now we have many good reminiscences of the railroad and that caboose, and we (Jane and I) assume that it deserves to be restored to assist protect our previous,” Philip Ballard says. Ballard has served on the Depot Affiliation Board of Administrators for a few years and has a few of his father’s artifacts on show contained in the museum.

“The price to revive the Tallulah Falls X5 Caboose was roughly $30,000, and this caboose is projected to price round $25,000,” says Depot Affiliation President Buck Snyder. “The contribution from Philip and Jane will go a great distance in serving to us get the venture underway and see its completion.”

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