The Missouri Pacific Caboose / Sedalia Visitor Information Center project began early in 1986 at a time when the Sedalia MoPac shops was soon to be closed. The Shop Superintendent approached the Chamber/CVB to determine interest in receiving a caboose to serve as a Visitor Center. The caboose project resulted in a partnership between the City of Sedalia, the Chamber/CVB and the Missouri State Fairgrounds lasting from 1986 until 2013.
Changes in priority by each of these partners left a determination that the caboose needs a new owner, new purpose and new location.
Acquisition by the Sedalia Heritage Foundation and relocation to the Katy Depot site has been identified as the best option to preserve its historic integrity and to expand its role in interpreting railroad heritage.
Since its restoration in 2001 the Katy Depot Landmark serves the public as Sedalia’s Welcome Center; year round visitor destination; heritage interpretive center, Katy Trail State Park full service trailhead; and recently the Missouri Division of Tourism has designated the Katy Depot as an Affiliate State Tourism Welcome Center.
The MoPac Caboose is the first piece of rolling stock acquired by the Sedalia Heritage Foundation and will support interpretation of the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s contribution to the legacy of caboose design and construction. Long-term use of the caboose might expand to offer it as event space or model railroad display.
Missouri State Parks, as owner of the Katy Depot and adjoining Katy Trail trailhead, partners with the Sedalia Heritage Foundation to support preservation, maintenance, interpretation, promotion and operation of this historic site and has authorized use of track located north of East Fifth Street for this project. The move is expected this fall.
An estimated $10,000 is needed to relocate and rehab for reuse. Various sponsorships levels are eligible as a charitable donation. Sale of commemorative merchandise will support ongoing operating and maintenance costs – preorder custom designed ornaments, collectors coins and MoPac Main Line track bookends today.
Donations payable to: Sedalia Heritage Foundation, Historic Katy Depot, 600 East Third Street. Sedalia, Mo., 65301.