Trains magazine has presented its annual $10,000
Preservation Award to the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway
Historical Society for the mainline restoration of a Pennsylvania Railroad
passenger car, Collinsville Inn. Restoring a high-capacity
coach will enable DCNRHS to introduce new generations of rail enthusiasts to the
history and excitement of mainline rail travel.
Collinsville Inn as a 21-roomette
sleeper in 1949. It was converted to a coach in time for the 1964 World's Fair
in New York. It later saw service as a commuter car and passed from the Maryland
Department of Transportation to the Chapter in 2008. It has had its Amtrak
40-year-inspection and, following additional mechanical and cosmetic work,
should be roadworthy in 12-18 months.
The project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Trains