Lake Superior Railroad Museum seeks funds to upgrade DM&IR coach

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Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range coach No. 33 at Palmers, Minn., in September.
Steve Glischinski
DULUTH, Minn. — The Lake Superior Railroad Museum is seeking funds to upgrade Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway heavyweight coach No. 33. The car is a mainstay on the Museum’s North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn. The Museum plans to move the car into its shop after Jan. 1.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Executive Director Ken Buehler tells Trains News Wire the car “Is the number one priority for us next year. It won’t leave the shop until we have everything finished.”

He said the museum is planning a complete interior renovation to match the exterior restoration completed in September 2017. The exterior of the car was repainted and re-lettered with work done by Arrowhead Auto Body of Duluth.

Buehler said after the car enters the shop, volunteers and employees would remove all the coach seats. Old interior paint will be stripped off and the interior repainted. The floor will be sanded, primed, and repainted as well. All the hardware for the seats will be removed, cleaned, and painted, and the coach seats will be reupholstered in original DM&IR style. The bathroom will receive a new toilet.

The roof of the car will also receive attention. New metal will be installed to replace rusted and worn material. When complete, the roof will be repainted black.

All-steel coach No. 33 was built in 1918 by the Pullman Company for the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad and can seat 84 passengers. It was originally used by the D&IR on its trains from Duluth to Ely and Winton, Minn. In 1938, the railroad merged with the Duluth, Missabe & Northern to form the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, and the car was used across the new railroad’s system. No. 33 was used in regular passenger service until replaced by a Rail Diesel Car, and then used on special passenger trains until it was retired by the DM&IR in November 1962. The car was retained by the railroad in maintenance-of-way service, and donated to the museum in the fall of 1976.

Buehler said the museum estimates the cost of upgrades at approximately $30,000.

More information is available online.

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