N&W Passenger Cars

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I believe DuPont has a color chip for N&W passenger coaches. We used
DuPont paint when we restored the N&W #1506 Combine at the N.C.
Transportation Museum. I will check into that identification for you.

George Weber
N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation
V.P., Rail Operations - Car Dept
Cell: 336-870-4506


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Subject: N&W Passenger Cars

Many years ago, Maine's Chuck Wagon Restaurants acquired three N&W
passenger cars for its eatery in Lewiston, Maine. Two coaches and a
diner were outfitted to serve patrons, with the coach seating replaced
with sets of four seats and a table between the rows. The 470 Railroad
Club of Portland used to hold its annual meeting dinner there. After the
restaurant closed, the cars were acquired by a Downeast Rail Group which
wanted to operate them on former Maine Central Railroad branch lines.
Refurbishment took a lot of time and money which the group did not have.
The cars lost their N&W maroon color scheme as volunteers tried to
repaint them. The cars were left unused on a siding in Waldoboro, Maine,
and started to weather badly. Now, the Conway Scenic Railroad in New
Hampshire is acquiring the dining car for its train service. According
to the mostrecenmt issue of the newsletter of the 470 Railroad Club,
preparations are being made to move the car to North Conway: recertified
air brake valves have been installed, ready for testing to permit the
car to be interchanged between railroads en route to its new home.
Replacements have been ordered for five missing exterior hand holds,
laminator fluorescent light systems for the dining and stewards
compartment have been re-wired and tested with external electrical
connections. The CSRR will re-wire the cars electrical distribution
system to suite their requirements. The Maine Eastern Railroad, operator
of the former Maine Central branch between Brunswick and Rockland,
Maine, has offered to move the car to Rockland for a trial run before it
is released to its new owner which will schedule the move to its new
home base at former Boston & Maine Railroad facilities in North Conway
now owned by CSRR. I used to have the data on each car, but cannot
locate it. Can anyone help me with car numbers, original numbers,
builders date, service usage, etc? I sure would appreciate any info
available. Thanks.

Ron Palmquist, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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