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New home for historic boxcars in Manchester

It took a train, a crane, and an army of skilled volunteers to lift, tow and coax two historic boxcars into Caboose Park Saturday morning.

But it will all be worth it when local residents, railroad enthusiasts and history lovers are able to revisit their railway roots at the 103 S. Main St. park in the village of Manchester.

The journey across Route 21 was less than a quarter of a mile, but lasted all of five hours before the two repaired, repainted 70-year-old, 30-foot Lehigh Valley boxcars landed safely on new stub tracks in Caboose Park. They join a vintage signal light and caboose already there.

The highly choreographed move followed four years of planning, permitting, site preparation, car restoration and repair, crane and backhoe rental, and private funding.

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