ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will soon have a new facility open to students and visitors as work began this week to prepare the infrastructure that will allow the 1937 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad caboose to operate as a coffee house.
Located next to Lake Tolstead and Eshleman Science Center, the caboose was a gift to the College from Elkins residents Sid and Sue Gillispie who acquired it from Elkins resident and train enthusiast Jim Schoonover. In decades past, the caboose was a fixture at the College’s back campus and was later refurbished by Schoonover.
Chuck Harper, owner of Triple H Construction in Beverly, West Virginia, and crew members brought in a backhoe to dig a trench that will house water, sewer, electric and communication lines leading from the Science Center to the caboose. Harper said he hopes to have the work completed this week.
In addition to the utilities installation, upgrades to the area will add to the appeal of the caboose. D&E Vice President for Business and Administration Bob Hardman said future work will include landscaping, interior redesign and possibly an outdoor deck.
A crew from J.F. Allen Company installed a short rail and delivered the caboose to campus in late December.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Employees of Triple H Construction complete site preparation work for the installation of utilities from Eshleman Science Center to the caboose. Once water, sewer, electric and communication lines are connected, the caboose will be equipped to operate as a coffee house.