Active railroad passenger car restorations in 2021

By January 13, 2021January 24th, 2021HeritageRail News

By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

There are 80 passenger car restorations currently underway. Of these, 23 are wood cars, 35 are steel heavyweights and 22 are streamlined lightweights. There are 4 baggage or other headend cars, 45 coaches, 7 sleepers, 8 diners, 8 lounges and 6 business cars. Among them are 3 dome cars, including the first two built from coaches by the Burlington. There is one chapel car and one hospital car. The Cumbres & Toltec are restoring a 4-car 1890’s narrow gauge train.

State/Province Museum Passenger Car
AB Alberta Railway Museum Northern Alberts heavyweight business car Dunvegan
AL Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum Louisville & Nashville heavyweight club car 3050 Alabama Club
AZ Arizona Railway Museum Santa Fe lightweight coach 3079 Diablo Canyon
CA Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society Northwestern Pacific wood coach 29
CA Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society Northwestern Pacific wood baggage car 605
CA Orange Empire Railway Museum Santa Fe RPO heavyweight 60
CA Niles Canyon Railway Yosemite Valley wood observation 330
CA Niles Canyon Railway Great Northern lightweight ranch car 1242 Hidden Lake
CA Placerville & Sacramento Valley Southern Pacific Harriman suburban coach 2110
CA Travel Town Union Pacific heavyweight diner 369
CA Travel Town Pullman sleeper lightweight Rose Bowl
CA Travel Town Pullman sleeper lightweight Hunters Point
CA Travel Town Union Pacific lightweight lounge car Little Nugget
CA Western Pacific Railroad Museum Western Pacific California Zephyr dome coach 832
CO Moffat Road Railroad Museum Central Vermont wood coach 382
CO Ridgway Railroad Museum Rio Grande narrow gauge business car C
CO, NM Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande narrow gauge tourist sleeper 470
CO, NM Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande narrow gauge coach 292
CO, NM Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande narrow gauge coach 256
CO, NM Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande narrow gauge RPO 65
CO, NM Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande narrow gauge pay car F
CT Railroad Museum of New England Rutland combine wood 260
CT Railroad Museum of New England Canadian National heavyweight coach 5805
CT Danbury Railroad Museum Reading heavyweight coach 1547
GA Georgia State Railroad Museum Southern heavyweight Jim Crow coach 1207
HI Hawaiian Railway Society Oahu wood coach 57
IL Illinois Railway Museum Milwaukee Road lightweight coach 649
IL Illinois Railway Museum Heavyweight heavyweight lounge car Mount Harvard
IL Illinois Railway Museum Illinois Central lightweight coach 3345
IL Illinois Railway Museum Pullman sleeper heavyweight John McLoughlin
IL Illinois Railway Museum Green Bay & Western heavyweight mixed train coach 109
IL Illinois Railway Museum Rock Island commuter coach 2524
IL Illinois Railway Museum Santa Fe heavyweight combine 2544
IL Monticello Railway Museum Wabash heavyweight office car 6
IL Monticello Railway Museum Illinois Central lightweight diner 4112
IL Monticello Railway Museum Rock Island commuter coach 2541
IN Whitewater Valley Railroad Chicago & North Western commuter combine 7718
KS Great Plains Transportation Museum Santa Fe drovers car D938
MD Walkersville Southern Southern Pacific heavyweight solarium business car Meadowlark
MD Western Maryland Scenic Western Maryland heavyweight business car 204
ME Boothbay Railway Village Bridgeton & Saco River RPO/combine 11
ME Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railroad Museum Replica 2-foot gauge wood coach 9
ME Maine Narrow Gauge Museum Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes 2-foot gauge wood coach 19
MI Southern Michigan Railroad New York Central demotored MU car 4331
MN Lake Superior Railroad Museum Northern Pacific lightweight coach 517
MN Minnesota Transportation Museum Great Northern modernized 2-foot gauge wood parlor car 1084 Twin Ports
MN Minnesota Transportation Museum Burlington dome car 4709
MO Museum of Transportation Aerotrain
NC North Carolina Transportation Museum Southern 2-foot gauge wood Jim Crow coach 1211
NC North Carolina Transportation Museum East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow gauge triple combine 15
NC Southeastern Narrow Gauge Museum West Virginia Midland narrow gauge baggage car 1
NJ Whippany Railroad Museum Lackawanna MU club car 3454
NY Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society Delaware & Hudson 2-foot gauge wood coach 233
NY Railroad Museum of Long Island Long Island double decker commuter 200
NY Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Long Island “Ping pong” coach 7433
OH Dennison Railroad Museum Heavyweight Pullman
OH Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum Burlington original dome coach Silver Dome
OH Hocking Valley Scenic Canadian Pacific coach
ON Toronto Railway Museum Canadian Pacific heavyweight solarium lounge Cape Race
PA Friends of the East Broad Top East Broad Top narrow gauge combine/RPO 16
PA Erie Lackawanna Dining car Preservation Society Erie diner heavyweight 741
PA Colebrookdale Railroad Maine Central heavyweight coach
PA Oil Creek & Titusville New York Central lightweight coach 2900
PA Stewartstown Reading coach commuter 1158
SC Landrum Rail & History Museum Southern lightweight sleeper Pacolet River
TN Southern Appalachia Railroad Museum Southern lightweight coach Fort McPherson
TN Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society Clinchfield heavyweight business car 100
TN Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Baltimore & Ohio heavyweight office car 98
TN Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Southern lightweight coach 832
TN Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Louisville & Nashville lightweight diner 2728 Cross Keys
TN Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Illinois Central sleeper/lounge General Beauregard
TX San Antonio Railroad Heritage Museum St. Louis Southwestern heavyweight business car 1 Dixie
TX Gulf Coast Railroad Museum Southern Pacific lightweight diner 10212
VA Old Dominion Chapter, NRHS Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac heavyweight coach 706
WA Northwest Railway Museum Wood Chapel car 5 Prince of Peace
WA Northwest Railway Museum Spokane Portland & Seattle wood coach 213
WI Mid-Continent Railway Museum Chicago & North Western narrow gauge combine 1099
WI Mid-Continent Railway Museum Duluth South Shore & Atlantic wood sleeper Duluth
WI Mid-Continent Railway Museum East Jordan & Southern wood combine 2
WI National Railroad Museum Chicago & North Western heavyweight hospital service car Joseph Lister
WI National Railroad Museum Burlingtonlightweight diner/lounge Silver Spirit
WI Wisconsin Great Northern Mark Twain Zephyr
WY High Plains Railroad Preservation Colorado & Southern wood coach 57