VALPARAISO | Paul Henderson from Troop 906 in Valparaiso, achieved his Eagle Scout rank on December 18, 2012, during the 100th year of the Eagle Scout. His project was the restoration of an Erie Lackawanna Bay Window Caboose at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. The project required more than 400 man hours of work to complete. Friends and scouts from Troop 906 and around Valparaiso volunteered their time to help with this restoration project.
The restoration required cleaning, sanding and painting the caboose on both the inside and the outside. Windows also had to be replaced and the trim sanded and buffed to make it shine. The painting on the outside included many details as the Caboose was restored to match the Erie Lackawanna Engine the Museum currently has in use. The outside painting included many details such as striping, lettering and applying special decals to restore it to its original look.
The museum used the Erie Lakawanna Bay window Caboose for their special Christmas and Easter train excursions, and will now be able to serve the community with the continued use of the caboose through the summer as they run weekend train rides on this historic equipment.
Paul's Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony was last month at the First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso. He was honored by the attendance of Joe Kingsbury, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Director, Erich Schwab, his former Scoutmaster from Troop 695 in Eden Prairie, MN, fellow Eagle Scouts from both Valparaiso and Eden Prairie, members of Troop 906, family members and friends.
Paul is the son of Bjarne and Cindy Henderson, of Valparaiso.