Historic caboose moved to Lakewood store

The 29-ton caboose was built in 1941.

A historic caboose has a new home, but it was no small feat to get it there.

Crews moved the Rio Grande caboose from Old Town Parker to a store on West Alameda in Lakewood Saturday. The 30-mile journey was a slow one that lasted about seven hours.

The caboose stretches 40 feet long and weighs 29 tons. Crews used heavy duty cranes and equipment haulers to move it to its new home - right outside the model train store called Caboose.

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New owner Kevin Ruble has big plans.

"I'm kind of thinking I want an office up there in the cupola because it's nice and quiet," Ruble said. "I can get a lot of work done."

Ruble says he'll open the caboose for tours.

That caboose has a long history in Colorado. It was built in 1941 at the Burnham Shops in Denver. The last time it saw service was in Grand Junction.