PORTERDALE -- It was a big undertaking, but the city of Porterdale got it done with a lot of help from their friends. A boxcar donated by the Norfolk Southern railroad now sits on its own rails adjacent to the Porterdale Depot.
According to City Manager Bob Thomson, the city received word of the donation early in 2012, but taking care of logistics and funding to get it to Porterdale has taken awhile. But he said it was important that the boxcar be in place near the town's former depot, also undergoing restoration.
"We wanted to complete the historic look of the area and also provide some space for those who will be using the water trail and walking trails," he said.
The boxcar will be renovated for use as a restroom and changing area.
The transportation of the boxcar to the site was funded through a grant.
"Luckily, Newton Trails received a grant from the Porter Fund that paid for the entire move," said Thomson. "CSX railroad brought it to Conyers and we contracted to have it brought in by truck from Conyers."
Thomson said the rails for the project were donated.
"Through assistance of General Manager Dave Bishop with the Great Walton Railroad he gave us the rails which saved us over $10,000," he said.
Thomson said the city is eager to begin refurbishing.
"By the end of the year we want to have the exterior done," he said.
Interior work will be funded through a portion of the $250,000 federal grant the city has received for work on the trail. It will also help fund interior work on the depot, which will be used as a welcome center and display area.