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Bring Train Rides to Shelton

$1,900 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 8 months
The Peninsular Railway and Lumbermen's Museum (a 501 (C) 3 non-profit) have been granted former CB&Q Passenger Car 342. They plan to restore the car and eventually add it to a railroad excursion in Shelton, Washington.

In order to make this plan a reality, they need financial help from the public. Initial estimates are $15,000 to move the car from its current location in Bothell, WA to interim storage in Chehalis, WA. Once in Chehalis, light restoration can take place so the car will be available for service. All tax deductable donations raised through this program will go towards the movement and restoration of this vintage car for everyone to enjoy.

Some additional history of the Silver Top:

Car originally built in 1937 as Fort Worth and Denver 52 seat coach #403 Silver Top. It was reconfigured into a coach/dinette around 1940. The car was again reconfigured into a snack bar coach in 1969 and renumbered Chicago Burlington and Quincy #342. After retirement, the car was modified for use at Andy's Tukwila Station restaraunt along with several other rail cars. Andy's closed in 1996, and the car subsequently was moved to it's current location.

Sources:

1. Railway Preservation News, "Surviving GN Lightweight Cars" Page 2, http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=35609&start=15

2. Seattle Times, "Tomorrow's The End Of The Line For Tukwila Railroad Restaurant,"
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19960826&slug=2346072

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The wheels are just aching to get rolling on live rail again! Donate today!
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We made some headway today. Got the wooden portion of the entry deck removed. A big shout out to The Vintage Handyman and Salvage for contributing time to this project, and Dale Campbell for helping and photographing the progress!
Entry deck removed
Original truck
Interior detail
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Let's bring this car to the woods of Shelton!
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I was recently asked, why not move the car directly to Shelton? There are some finite logistics to be sorted before the car can move directly to Shelton. We do not have much time to move the car. The biggest factors to consider in this initial move are that given the car's location, it must be craned and loaded on to a truck. Then it will need to be unloaded via a crane at Chehalis. Once there, it will be on rails that connect to Shelton, and necessary work will be made so the move by rail to Shelton can be made. Given the short distance, the final move to Shelton will be a mere fraction of the cost and would most likely be covered by leftover funds from this campaign. Don't forget all donations go directly to the 501 (C) 3 and are fully tax deductible.
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$1,900 of $15,000 goal

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WP
$50
Warren Peterson
7 months ago
MF
$55
Matt Farnsworth
7 months ago
RF
$50
Robin Foster
7 months ago
$1,000
David Emerson
7 months ago
JV
$30
Janice Vocke
8 months ago
KH
$20
Kathy Hawthorn
8 months ago
SF
$100
Steve Faust
8 months ago
$25
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8 months ago
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$20
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8 months ago
$100
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