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Milwaukee Road caboose finds new home in Itasca park

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A railroad caboose was placed on a flatbed truck Thursday in Itasca, moving it from a residence along Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

A large crane was needed to lift a caboose onto a flatbed truck Thursday in Itasca. The caboose was moved to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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This is a look inside of a caboose that was moved Thursday from a backyard in Itasca to its new home next to the village's historic train depot.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

A caboose is driven through the intersection of Rowling Road and Catalpa Avenue on Thursday in Itasca. It was moved from its home on Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

A truck carrying a caboose has to back up on Catalpa Avenue in Itasca on Thursday. The caboose was moved from its home on Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Mike Swintek of Wood Dale brought his twins Michael, left, and Matthew, 4, to see the caboose as it was moved to its new home Thursday at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Some homes come with in-ground pools. Others have spacious garages and driveways. When Dean and Sue Ellen Peterson purchased their home in Itasca, theirs came with a 1940s-era railroad caboose. Now the 36-foot, 40,000-pound remnant of the shuttered Milwaukee Road line that once passed through Itasca is becoming part of the permanent public view at a railroad history campus set to open this summer in Itasca. The 1940s-era caboose will be renovated and filled with railroad memorabilia, complementing the adjacent Historical Depot Museum that has been undergoing a restoration of its own for the past year and a half.
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    • A railroad caboose was placed on a flatbed truck Thursday in Itasca, moving it from a residence along Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.
    •  A large crane was needed to lift a caboose onto a flatbed truck Thursday in Itasca. The caboose was moved to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.
    •  This is a look inside of a caboose that was moved Thursday from a backyard in Itasca to its new home next to the village’s historic train depot.
    •  A caboose is driven through the intersection of Rowling Road and Catalpa Avenue on Thursday in Itasca. It was moved from its home on Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.
    •  A truck carrying a caboose has to back up on Catalpa Avenue in Itasca on Thursday. The caboose was moved from its home on Bloomingdale Road to its new home at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.
    •  Mike Swintek of Wood Dale brought his twins Michael, left, and Matthew, 4, to see the caboose as it was moved to its new home Thursday at the Itasca Historical Depot Museum.
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