Louisville caboose saved for future generations

Ramos family rescues landmark from demolition

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Photo from The Daily Camera

LOUISVILLE, CO - FEBRUARY 29, 2020 - Louisville's iconic century-old caboose and train cars were removed and moved to a sitE for restoration on February 29, 2020. Dozens of people showed up to watch and be photographed with the caboose. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Alex Neumann, Staff Member

Some dreams are bigger than others. In the case of Travis Ramos, that dream weighed 44,800 pounds.

Along with his family, Ramos dreamed of saving an old caboose that sat empty on the edge of Louisville collecting dirt, dust, and raccoons.

One morning, Ramos dropped off his truck to get new tires when he decided to see how the old caboose was doing. What he found was a piece of paper that would change everything. It was a notice of demolition. The new owners of the land the caboose sat on had exhausted all options to save the caboose, but nothing seemed to work.

With demolition day set for a few weeks later, the Ramos family felt like they had to do something. “It is so easy to see the character of the town in the caboose, and 50-60 years from now I think it would be a fun story for my boys to tell their kids or even grandkids,” he said.

Taking it upon themselves, the Ramos family set about transporting the caboose to a new location. Moving a 22 ton caboose isn’t the easiest thing to do. Every day there seemed to be a new challenge waiting for them, from 60-foot tall trees to freezing cold temperatures. But with hard work and perseverance, the Ramos family did it, thanks to the help of some wonderful volunteers.

On Saturday, Feb. 29, the caboose took flight, with the help of a crane. As the people watched and cheered, the family was elated. The sense of relief that the family felt was incredible. “I didn’t have to spend every moment that I wasn’t working or doing family stuff down at the caboose anymore,” Ramos said.

The caboose has been moved to a new location where they are planning on restoring it. After that, what will happen to the caboose is unclear, but one this is for sure. A piece of Louisville history has been saved and will live on for who knows how long, all thanks to the big dreams of a family, and the support of the community.