Northwest Railway Museum acquires rare wood parlor car

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SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — The Northwest Railway Museum has acquired a rare wooden parlor car once used by the Northern Pacific Railway. NP No. 1799 was retired in 1940 and in 1941 was purchased by a retired railroader, who re-purposed it as a seaside cottage on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. A roof was built over the car that protected it from the elements.

Now owned by the Shaw Family, No. 1799 has been donated to the Northwest Railway Museum provided it can be removed from the island as soon as possible. Transportation costs may approach $67,000 for the car, which weighs more than 80,000 pounds. Once received by the Museum, the process of listing, funding, and restoring it will begin. When completed it will be able to operate with the Museum’s former Northern Pacific Railway 0-6-0 No. 924 when it is restored.

In 1901, the Pullman Co. delivered two wood parlor cars to the Northern Pacific Railway. The cars went through a number of minor alterations over the years including an electric light conversion in 1914 and new carpeting in 1926. Both cars were retired in 1940, with the 1799 surviving as a cabin. The other car was scrapped.

No. 1799 is almost completely intact and has nearly all of its interior hardware. A firm that specializes in moving buildings has bid $67,000 to deliver the car to Snoqualmie where it can be preserved.

Once in King County, it will be eligible for listing on the King County-City of Snoqualmie Landmarks Register, and when it has wheels and couplers it may also be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum has begun a campaign to raise money to transport and preserve the car.

Donations can be made online.

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