CSX repaints nonprofit passenger car into original Pennsy Tuscan red

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Inside CSX Transportation's paint booth at its Huntington locomotive shops in Huntington, W.Va., the Braddock Inn receives a coat of Pennsylvania yellow.
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CSX shop crews at the Huntington locomotive shops recently finished painting the Braddock Inn, a former Pennsylvania Railroad car.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — In-between painting blue and gold locomotives, CSX Transportation’s shop crews in Huntington are dabbling with Pennsylvania Tuscan red.

The railroad’s Huntington locomotive shops recently painted the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society’s Braddock Inn passenger car into its original Pennsylvania Railroad Tuscan red.

The passenger car, which previously displayed Maryland Area Regional Commuter colors, will make its first trip on the 2017 New River Train on Saturday, Oct. 21. The car, which is one of two Amtrak-certified cars in operation by the non-profit group, will also be used in charter service in Washington, New York, and the Midwest beginning with trips later this year.

“The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society would like to thank CSX Transportation for their generosity in painting our Braddock Inn passenger car in its as-delivered Pennsylvania Railroad Tuscan paint scheme,” says Joe Rosenthal, assistant general manager for the organization.

“We cannot thank them enough for all of their hard work and we’re excited to debut this car on board our 2017 New River Train,” he says.

"CSX is proud to support the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society’s efforts to restore the Braddock Inn, a 69-year-old passenger car that originally operated on CSX’s predecessor, the Pennsylvania Railroad," railroad representative Rob Doolittle tells Trains News Wire. 

"CSX applauds the volunteers for all their hard work and we’re proud to play a role in this project," he adds.

The railroad created a dedicated page on its heritage legacy website in recognition of the passenger car's cosmetic restoration. In addition to profiling the Braddock Inn restoration, the page also discusses its Chessie System GE B30-7 restoration project and other historical projects.

The Braddock Inn was built in February 1949 as a 21-roomette sleeper for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The car was used in regular service on the Pennsy’s Iron City Express between New York City, Washington, and Pittsburgh. Later in its career, it was assigned to the Indianapolis Limited as a through sleeper before it was converted to a stainless steel coach and sold off to NJ Transit.

After spending several years in New Jersey commuter service, the car was shipped to Maryland for use on MARC trains. The Huntington-based nonprofit acquired the car from MARC in 2004.

The organization and its volunteers invested more than 1,100 hours into an interior restoration of the car in winter 2017. Crews equipped the car with new floors, shelving, cabinets, and other lounge car amenities.

The attached photos were taken by Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society personnel in compliance with personal protective equipment rules, while under the supervision of CSX management.

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