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DCNRHS Receives $10,000 Grant from UPS Foundation for DOVER HARBOR

posted Jun 12, 2019, 4:08 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 4:11 PM ]

Washington, D.C. - June 12, 2019 - The National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc (DCNRHS) received a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, which drives global corporates citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS).

The grant will be used to restore the lounge of the DOVER HARBOR to its 1934 grand appearance when it rolled out of the Pullman Shops in Chicago.

The Dover Harbor is the last heavyweight Pullman railroad passenger car in its original configuration operating unrestricted on the main lines of America. The car represents first class rail travel during the “Golden Age of Railroading” in America. The Dover Harbor project is unique in that it provides the passenger with an authentic mainline railroad experience that many ordinary Americans experienced when traveling overnight by train.  It was not a car for the wealthy or elite but rather represents the same experience that families, business travelers, and vacationers encountered in their train travels of yesteryear.  For more information and a complete history of the Dover Harbor, visit

Through this project DCNRHS will return the 25 seat lounge of the Dover Harbor to the appropriate 1934 era appearance as represented in the Pullman company official photos. This includes installing appropriate window blinds, removing curtains first installed in the 1960s, sanding priming and painting in a three-tone paint scheme with ornate gold pin striping, refinishing wood, cleaning and restoring brass, and as appropriate refurbished upholstery in period materials. The project scope will include the adjacent foyer and public restroom to present a unified appearance to passengers and visitors. For this project our volunteers have over several years spent many hours researching the materials, colors, and fabrics needed for this project.  This included trips to archives in Illinois to obtain period photographs and records.

The project includes an estimated 701 hours of volunteer labor, including support from regular Chapter volunteers and UPS volunteers.  One of our members, Wayne Poates, a UPS employee from Richmond, regularly coordinates opportunities with UPS area offices/terminals. The project also will use contractors for specific high-skill, time-consuming jobs to ensure the finished product is of highest quality.  The non-volunteer labor, services, and materials costs are estimated to be $33,425.00.

DCNRHS' Treasurer, Chief Mechanical Officer, and Manager of the project said of the grant "This will present as authentic an appearance in a 1930s environment as we can provide. This grant is fantastic and beyond providing the means to complete the project will lift the hearts and spirits of our volunteers who work so hard to preserve and operate our equipment. Thank you UPS! Beyond that, I am truly humbled!"

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment.

In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at  To get UPS news direct,

"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc's efforts to restore and preserve this historic piece of American rail history," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."

Photo from Dean Edmonds