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WNYRHS PASSENGER EQUIPMENT
SIX COACHES from the
"EMPIRE STATE LIMITED"
|In early 1984, the WNYRHS acquired from Amtrak©, former New York Central Railroad coach cars #2906, #2915, #2918, #2932, and #2941. In December of 2006, car #2933 joined the fleet in Medina and was ready for the "Day Out With Thomas©" Trips. These Stainless Steel, 56 seat cars, part of Amtrak series "5630-5689", were built as New York Central Railroad lot #2171 between October 1946 - March 1947 by the Edward G. Budd Company, series #2900 - 2959. Initially, these cars were assigned to the Central's famous New York - Chicago "Empire State Express"and Later in their careers, saw service on the entire NYC System. On welded rail, these cars run incredibly smooth and are very quiet, a tibute to the quaility of "Budd" built cars! All six of the cars have been extensively renovated and overhauled and are now on lease to The Medina Railroad Museum, in Medina, New York. The Medina Railroad Museum offers excursions almost every year using our coaches and Falls Road Railroad motive power. In 2007, the Medina Railroad Museum purchased two vintage New York Central E-8 diesel locomotives (NYC 4068 and NYC 4080), which are in the process of being restored. Please visit their site for all the rail excursions that they will be offering this coming season!|
|Take a close-up look at all six. Click on the image below for an enlarged view
#2906 #2915 #2918 #2932 #2933 #2941
|You can see below just some of the work that goes into keeping our coaches in top operating condition. Almost all of the cars have had their interiors restored to as rebuilt by Amtrak© condition with new upholstery and carpeting. Chief car mechanics George S. and Alan O. perform one of the many seasonal tasks of keeping the Air Conditioning - Heating Units in top condition. Routine oil changes after so many hours of operation are a necessity to prevent unpleasant break downs. Power Washing and Scrubing are part of routine maintenance and the shine off the Stainless Steel is well worth the effort. The two year "COT&S" inspection of the "D22" Air Brake System has just been completed which required the "Cleaning" "Oiling" "Testing" and "Stenciling" inspection/certification of each brake valve on all the cars. There is always something to do but the work gets done as "Car Shop Foreman" Rick H. supervises the work.|
PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS CAR
An open end 1929 platform car used by
President Eisenhower in his 1952 campaign.
20th CENTURY LIMITED cars
The mid-train lounge "Atlantic Shore" and sleeper
"Port Clinton", used by movie stars and VIP's
from the most famous of trains.
PENNSYLVANIA Parlor Car
#7135 - The "Francis McGrath" a Pennsylvania Railroad, a 29 seat "Parlor Car"
Part of the Pennsy's "Congressional Fleet." Once used by a railroad president for VIP's.
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