Pennsylvania welcomes the museum in a boxcar

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A museum on the Cumberland Valley is in this boxcar that has opened at the university in Shippensburg, Pa.
Dan Cupper
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The nation's newest railroad museum is a boxcar.

The Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum opened for business on Saturday in a 1956 New York Central 50-foot boxcar painted in its most recent deepwater-green appearance for the Penn Central.

The museum is a joint project of the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail (ex-CVRR right-of-way), faculty and students from Shippensburg University, historical societies, area businesses, and local railfans.

The boxcar, which had been abandoned on a siding about a mile away, was moved and restored to create a museum explaining the history of railroading in the area. Though small, it is filled with displays, artifacts, and a small theater. It stands adjacent to the college campus and is part of the Shippensburg Station complex, which includes a separate building with restroom facilities. Nearby is another exhibit, a restored Baltimore & Ohio 1927 hopper car. The museum took 11 years to plan, fund, and carry out. Admission is free; special events are already scheduled.

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