The Pennsylvania Railroad business car has reached the end of the line. After sitting idle on our storage track for many years with no funds available for restoration it has reached the point where it is no longer economically feasible. Estimates for a full restoration run upwards of one million dollars.
Volunteers have been working for a couple of weeks to strip all valuable parts and equipment from the car before the scrapping process begins. Antique light fixtures, window shades and bathroom fixtures were all removed for future reuse or possible sale for restoration efforts of other organizations. Antique hand brake mechanisms, brake valves and observation deck railings and handrails likewise have been saved.
It is sad to see a piece of railroad history head to the scrap yard but when you consider that some parts will be utilized in other projects and money from scrap will fund ongoing projects, it somewhat eases the pain.