Said to be open in January 2020
Ed Ciliberti purchased the caboose in April 2018 with plans to redo it and open it as a gift shop and a display for railroad memorabilia. To get ready for it to open, Ciliberti had the railcar’s roof replaced and fumigation done. He also obtained a lease from the City of Monterey so he could keep the 45-foot-long car on Cannery Row. “It will be open in January with railroad memorabilia for sale and a museum highlighting the history of the railcar,” including before it was converted to a caboose in the 1940s and came to Cannery Row in 1968,
Continuing Cannery Row Caboose Updates
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Ed Ciliberti of Pebble Beach told The Pine Cone that Monterey gave him a license for the 1916 caboose, which he purchased from local author Randall Reinstedt and his wife, Debbie. The state granted Ciliberti a seller’s permit this week.“I hope to have the new ground lease in the next few days for The Cannery Row Caboose,” said Ciliberti on the train car’s new business name.
Cannery Row Caboose Rides Again
Cannery Row™ is changing, along the lines of less Steinbeck and more Stockton.
Ciliberti purchased the historical caboose for $27,000 with the expectation to not only keep and maintain the piece of history and landmark in Cannery Row, but to also run an antique and collectibles business out of it as the previous owners did. He recently paid upward of $20,000 for the railroad memorabilia inventory owned by the caboose’s previous owners Debbie and Randy Reinstedt.
“I didn’t know – I purchased it with the idea of keeping and knowing that it would stay local and hopefully it would continue as a business,” said Ciliberti, noting that he had bought it under certain assumptions but had not yet talked with the city about it. “I recently purchased all the memorabilia with the hope to continue on the same path (as the previous owners).”
End Of The Line For Cannery Row Caboose
Sold for lower bid for feelgood reasons.
“I was really wanting to make sure that nobody out of the area was going to take it,” said Ciliberti, a Realtor with Keller Williams and Peninsula resident since 1982. “It’s a piece of history and a landmark.”
Although the Reinstedts received several offers with one prospective buyer willing to pay substantially higher than the asking price, Debbie Reinstedt said the couple feel good about the caboose’s new owner.
Not End Of The Line For Caboose On Cannery Row
The 102-year old train car owned by Monterey Peninsula couple Randy and Debbie Reinstedt since 1974 is up for sale for $27,000.
Located between Prescott and Hoffman avenues and adjacent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, the caboose has long been home to the couple’s antique and railroad memorabilia shop called Books, Bears & Railroad Wares. But the Reinstedts are now ready to let it go.
“My husband bought it and put me in it,” quipped Debbie Reinstedt, 79, noting that the couple has owned the caboose for 44 years and how difficult it’s been to reach a point of wanting to sell it. Randy Reinstedt, 83, is a noted Monterey Peninsula author.
Last Stop For Cannery Row Caboose?