Trains magazine's annual Preservation Award goes to Washington, D.C., group's coach project

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MONTREAL – 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.

The presentation took place Saturday at the annual dinner for the joint Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association Inc. in Montreal. Over a 13-year period, the magazine has made grants totaling $130,000 in support of railway preservation projects ranging from archives to locomotives, structures, and rolling stock. The coach Collinsville Inn is the first passenger car to be recognized.

"The Washington, D.C., chapter is committed to expanding the reach of railway preservation through the use of passenger equipment on the main line," said Trains Editor Jim Wrinn. "The chapter's heavyweight Pullman Dover Harbor and Pennsy coach Franklin Inn demonstrate this effort marvelously. An additional car will expand these efforts."
"We're excited at the prospect of restoring the Collinsville Inn to service, and honored that Trains has selected us for this award," said Washington Chapter Vice-President Scarlett Wirt. "Millions of people knew and rode the Pennsylvania Railroad in its heyday, and we look forward to partnering with Trains to keep those memories alive and encourage the next generation of rail heritage enthusiasts."

Budd built 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.
This year’s project was selected from more than 75 proposals from across North America.

Trains magazine was founded in 1940 and is the largest popular circulation railway monthly publication in the world. It is based in Waukesha, Wis., and is part of Kalmbach Publishing Co.

The Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c) organization founded in the District of Columbia in 1944.  The chapter's mission is to expand the public appreciation of railroads and their history through preservation and education.
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