A Caboose For Christmas
In this season of giving one Macon man went all out for his grandchildren. Giving those kids a Christmas they could have only dreamed about, it's a unique play house to say the least.
Thom Phillips, the owner of BAP Security and he explains how the project got started, "When my children were two and four we decided to build them a caboose out of an old packing crate."
Thom Phillips and his wife decided to keep that tradition alive this holiday season and build a caboose for their grandchildren, but this time it wouldn't be made with an old crate.
"So I started but it sort of got out of control," he says. What started as a two week project for his grandchildren, ended up taking him four months to complete.
Billie Phillips is Thom’s wife, and she says life just hasn’t been the same since the caboose got started in early August. "It has kept him in everybody's hair, because he has had everybody running to get this and get that," she adds.
To make the train caboose state of the art, he aimed to get the best material he could find and he started at home, in Macon. "We like to support local merchants,” he Mr. Phillips adds. “It's amazing what you can find there."
The details of the 2,750 lbs caboose became the Phillips’ number one project, but Thom’s fascination with trains began, years ago.
Mini Phillips, Thom mother, is 99-years-old and remembers how her son got involved with trains as a boy. "We lived on the train tracks actually,” she says. “Which I didn't thick was such a good place to live."
She says that his grandfather started a tradition with him when he was just a boy, taking trips to the train yard. "Every Sunday morning he'd go pick him up in the truck," she adds.
Thom hopes to share his hobby and love for trains with his two grandchildren with the caboose that they have been expecting for months. “They have seen pictures of it and the track has already been laid at their home," he says.
Staff at his local business says they are glad that the task is finally done.
"It's been a project of love and dedication by every one that works here,” says Billie Phillips. “We will have to come up with something else for him to work on."
Phillips says they he will deliver the caboose just in time for Christmas. They plan on transporting the playhouse on a car trailer to their home in North Carolina.