PLANT CITY — A railroad engine and caboose will disrupt traffic Thursday as they move into position for a permanent display at the old downtown train depot.
Crews are moving the caboose and engine from retired railroad engineer R.W. “Bob” Willaford’s home on Joe McIntosh Road to the old depot at 102 N. Palmer St. They are expected to leave his home at about 1 p.m. and arrive at the depot some 30 minutes later.
The caravan will move slowly so motorists might experience delays around downtown, particularly on Reynolds Street, which will shut down for a few minutes from the apex to Palmer Street, City Manager Greg Horwedel said.
Willaford is donating an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia to the city, which will rename the depot the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum.