Central Vermont Flanger #4227

When the old caboose-like rail car was put up for sale in the Fall of 2016 by its current owners, Duncan Phillips Utah's eldest son contacted his friends at the BBCRC, and the plan was hatched. They concluded that the rail car should be purchased and shipped across the country to the place where Utah would have wished it the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture in Weed. Upon being contacted and learning of the plan, the owner an avid fan of Utah Phillips decided to donate the rail car with the caveat that the parties carry out the plan as intended.

After raising more than $25,000 from online crowd sourcing, cash and check donations, benefit concerts and other efforts, BBCRC and The Long Memory transported the car across the U.S. from Vermont to California. Now safely at rest at the BBCRC, it is undergoing rehabilitation and restoration work. Friends and fans of Utah Phillips, various musicians and bands, railroad buffs and members of the Industrial Workers of the World (Phillips' union) have all contributed the funds to make the project possible.


CV Flanger 4233 in all its glory. It is a sister car to the one at Black Butte

On Memorial Day weekend, 2018, we will conduct a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, together with a weekend music festival featuring many of Utah's old musician buddies, all designed to celebrate the life, work, and music of Bruce "Utah" Phillips on the 10th anniversary of his passing from this world.

See additional photos and a description of the move from Vermont to the BBCRC at www.thelongmemory.com/the-latest-news


The interior decorated with Utah Phillips memorabilia

For more information, see the official website at The Long Memory put together by Duncan Phillips. The comprehensive website is a treasure trove of information, not just about the caboose/flanger and its history, but about Utah Phillips his life, music, ideas, recordings, wisdom, poetry, writings, radio shows, and more. If so inclined, you may also make a donation online or by mail.


The view from the cupola

Additional photos of the arrival of the car at BBCRC can be seen here.