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DCNRHS Receives $15,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

posted Apr 18, 2018, 3:26 PM by James Lilly   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 3:29 PM ]

Team UPS Volunteers work painting the side of the an REA Baggage Car - August 12,  2017

Washington, D.C. - April 20 - The National Railway Historical Society, Washington, D.C. Chapter, Inc (DCNRHS) received a $15,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, which drives global corporates citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS).

The grant will be used to preserve and restore the exterior color and appearance of DCNRHS' three 1930s Railway Express Agency (REA) railroad cars. DCNRHS uses the cars as part of its larger program to preserve and teach America's rail history, and to provide people a chance to experience railroading first-hand through opportunities to ride vintage railroad cars or even do hands on restoration and operations.

DCNRHS' REA Agency baggage cars were built by the American Car & Foundry Company in the 1930s for the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (RF&P) Railroad. An early predecessor of UPS, the REA provided shipment of individual parcels, goods and money, quickly, securely, and safety between parties in different parts of the country.  When the cars were retired from REA service, RF&P used them in maintenance of way trains before donating them to DCNRHS.

The project will use a combination of contract and volunteer labor to clean and power-wash the car bodies and under carriages, scrape the car exterior, repair weakened body panels and roofs, caulk exposed seams, and prime rusted metal.  Then the cars will be painted in a Pullman green color to match their appearance during operations during the 1930s and 1940s. Each car will have its original RF&P marking number restored to its exterior on both sides in gold paint using the correct Railroad Roman Font. With UPS Foundation's concurrence, DCNRHS will place a small plaque in the interior of each noting the UPS Foundation's support for the project. 

DCNRHS' Treasurer, Chief Mechanical Officer, and Manager of the project said of the grant "This means we will be able to preserve these cars which are a critical part of our equipment program, providing storage and workshop space for restoration and operation of our three historic Amtrak qualified railroad passenger cars. UPS' support of this project has been critical. Last year a dozen volunteers from UPS helped us apply exterior paint to one of the cars after our volunteers had primed and sanded them in preparation.  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 speechless!"

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 these historic pieces 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."