The Chesterton Park
Board has decided whose railroad liveries the boxcar restroom and caboose
community space in Thomas Centennial Park will wear.
At its meeting
Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to paint the boxcar in the barn
red of the Monon Railroad--the historic “Hoosier Line” which ran chiefly in
Indiana from 1897 to 1956--with “Monon” in white lettering and “The Hoosier
Line” in red lettering across a white strip at the top.
The caboose, on the
other hand, will be painted in the classic red of the Norfolk Southern, with
“NS” in white italic lettering next to the silhouette of a horse’s head.
The boxcar is a
bunkerless refrigerator car--built, that is, without ice tanks or
ventilation devices--manufactured in 1962 by Pacific Car & Freight for the
Northern Pacific Railroad. The board purchased it in January, at a cost of
$9,000, from the Orville Railroad Heritage Society in Orville, Ohio, where
arrangements are currently being made to transport it by truck to a shop in
Michigan City--Michael Steward’s Preferred Contractors--where it will be
retrofitted for use as a restroom facility.
Richard Riley, the
owner of Riley’s Railhouse at 123 N. Fourth St. in Chesterton and the
original proposer of the restroom project, told the board on Monday that the
boxcar could hit the road today, Friday, March 16. Members voted unanimously
to authorize Park Administrator Hilary Thomas-Peterson to cut a manual check
in the amount of $4,500 for partial payment to the transport contractor,
Schlatter Inc., which specializes in moving railroad cars.
meanwhile, is a 1950s-era rear-cupola model, which the board purchased from
Steward, also in January, for $15,000. Steward has put the cost of
retrofitting the caboose into a warming/cooling station and community space
business, members voted unanimously to solicit specs from at least three
vendors for the retrofit of the box car, with the quotes to be opened at its
next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.
They also voted
unanimously to enter into a contract with architect Robert Nicksic of James
F. Giannini & Associates, at a cost of $5,885, to design the canopy of the
wooden ADA access ramp. Nicksic previously designed the interior of the