My wife and I were driving around our new area recently and we stumbled upon a small railroad museum in Newtown Square, Penna. An old box car caught my eye and we had to circle back for a closer look.
It’s not every day that a double-sheathed wood box car appears at the side of the road. Especially one that seems to be of New York Central heritage.
The inward pointing Murphy corrugated steel ends were the first tip off. The car also seemed to be 40-foot, although I did not pace it off.
The car was on T-section Bettendorf trucks. These were popular on many railroads. The NYC used them on many box cars built in the Teens.
Much of the wood sheathing seems to be replacements, but I was surprised with how much of the door hardware remained on the car.
The museum was closed, so we couldn’t get a closer look at the equipment. There was a sign with some details on the displayed rolling stock. The box car notes don’t quite gel with what I’ve seen in period photos. This is definitely not a Pennsylvania Railroad class box car, that much I’m certain. The notes indicate the car came from the Steamtown collection.
I was puzzled for a bit then realized Steamtown was originally in Vermont and operated on part of the old Rutland line. Ah-HAH! The Rutland had some box cars like this one! Could it be? Post your thoughts as a comment and we shall see what emerges from the collective minds!
Another car on display is a very old passenger coach. The signage notes it is a Pennsylvania Railroad PK class car built in 1902, and the only known survivor of 600 built. It is a beauty.
For more details on this museum, check out their website for the rest of their collection and hours of operation.
With modern cell phones, it’s easy to snap a few images as you find neat stuff during your travels. Take the time to capture a few photos now. You might not return to the place for awhile and there’s no guarantee it will be there when you do return.
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