For the past 35 years, the Ukleya family’s home has been hard to miss.
Nestled along Route 34 in the town of Hannibal, Joseph and Loretta Ukleya raised their three children — Marcia, Amy and Tom — in a humble one-story house. But it’s what was beside the house that made drivers stop and stare: a big red caboose.
Since 1982, the 20-ton New York Central caboose has rested on a set of railroad tracks in the family’s front lawn, drawing dozens of drivers to park for a picture or two. However, on Friday morning, people pulled over for the last time, as the Ukleyas’ railroad car took one last trip — to Sterling.