Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A Real Shame

Former CP 437377, a caboose on display in Calgary Alberta
Ex-CP 437377 on display in Calgary, Alberta

I saw this caboose on Ogden Road in Calgary, not far from the Ogden shops. I was saddened to see this noble caboose surrounded by ugly chain-link fence. No doubt the caboose suffered enough vandalism to warrant this protection.

Railway equipment on display is meant to be touched, climbed upon, experienced. Personally I feel if you have to put it behind a fence like this, why bother displaying it at all? Noone gets to touch it, you don't have a good view of it, so what is the point?

Again, I understand why. The owners of this caboose (presumably the Legion, since the caboose is in front of it) had to protect the caboose from vandalism. I just wish we lived in a world where this was unnecessary.

It's a real shame.

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