Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera, AL

It has been said that there would be no tourist railroads without retired commuter coaches. They were available long after many of the mainline cars weren’t. Many were older heavyweights, long after most of their peers had been downgraded to work train service. Not being of local origin, the cars tend to be treated as generic coaches, losing their identities and often lettered for the museum or tourist line itself. Thus it was a surprise when the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum refurbished its Long Island car as–gasp–a Long Island car.

 

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