The REALLY BIG BLESSING came when the Carter family of Melrose, who work in Des Moines for the Northwest Erection Company informed us they had visited with their boss, Greg Gear & fellow LOCAL #67 IRONWORKERS UNION members. They had ALL agreed to DONATE the use of the crane and DONATE their SKILLED LABOR.
Ironworkers were Duke, Rick and Steve Carter, B.J. Douglas, Frank Thomas, Ned & Bob McKenna, Dick Howie, and Rick King.
On Saturday, June l7 it was a GRAND day for Melrose when the skilled crew arrived about 7:30 am with their awesome big crane. And close behind came two huge semi trucks with low boy trailers (owned & operated by Tim Judge of Melrose and Van Stryk of Eddyville).
|Caboose being loaded onto trailer||Caboose moving to final destination|
The crew worked till late afternoon as folks recorded it on video for history.
|The Caboose arrives at its destination||Caboose is lifted of trailer|
|Caboose is carefully set in place||Last minute check|
The railroad crew of volunteers came back again to weld the wheels to the track and the county engineer came and installed the Caboose steps.
OUR CABOOSE WAS ON SITE!! HOO-RAH!
|Members of Local #67 stand next to the Caboose after a hard days work|
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