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Eagle project: Boy Scout builds benches for Elgin Train Depot
A La Grande High School Boy Scout and golfer has hit a hole-in-one for the Elgin Train Depot.
Andrew Banen, an LHS junior, has built six benches for the Elgin Train Depot for his Eagle project.
The benches, made of synthetic Trex material, are all 6-feet long and have a comfortable curved design and backs that are tilted 10 degrees. The train depot had no benches until Branen stepped forward to fill the void.
Branen is a member of Troop 511. He is an honor student at LHS and a member of its golf team.
Branen, 16, hopes to study engineering in college. The LHS student put some of his knowledge of this subject to work while building the benches.
“It was a miniature engineering project,’’ said Branen, the son of Joyce DePriest.
All of Branen’s expenses were covered by the Wallowa Union Railroad. The benches the Boy Scout made are the latest addition to the depot, which was built in 2012 in a style similar to Elgin’s original depot.
Branen’s project required a total of 165-1/2 man hours of work. Those who assisted Branen include four scouts from Troop 511 and five adult Boy Scout volunteers.
The benches were made in La Grande and then transported to Elgin. The Elgin Train Depot is where people come to board and exit passenger cars on the Wallowa Union Scenic Railway.