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REPORT OF FORMER LNE PASSENGER CAR
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REPORT OF FORMER LNE PASSENGER CAR
 
« on: Jul 27th, 2016, 8:55am »
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I came across information regarding an extant former LNE passenger car buried in a post on Railway Preservation News this morning (rypn,org).   As interest in a possible LNE car may be wide spread, Iíll ask moderators to kindly post this information on both LVRR and LNE forums.    
 
The car is preserved in an abandoned shop building in Somerset County, PA.  According to available info, it was saved by Ed Metka, a retired federal employee and collector of old trolleys.  It is painted in Pennsy livery and shown housed within a former car shop.
 
The site is located in the former Berwind Railcar Shop (Berwind White Coal Company) at Windber, Somerset  County, PA., about 13 miles south of Johnson.   Based on available info, Windber was the end of the Johnstown Traction Company (JTC) interurban line destroyed by flooding in 1936.  The car line was cut back to Benscreek outside Johnstown, operating as a Ferndale to Benscreek one-car shuttle.  JTC was abandoned in June 1960.
 
A photo and info on the car is seen on the following link, about two-thirds way in (see the passenger car painted in Pennsy livery):
 
http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/wideview/where-trolleys-go-to-die-and-live-again/
 
 
Info about the collection and Mr. Metka is provided here:
 
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2015/08/23/Somerset-County-man-want-to-get-streetcars-back-on-track/stories/201508170008
 
A large shop facility is seen along 19th Street, just east of town, on Google maps:
 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Windber,+PA+15963/@40.2360034,-78.8214251,131m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89cb053816023d1d:0xa0ddaecf95fbf859!8m2!3d40.2397986!4d-78.8350223
 
 
If someone could confirm the identity of this car or provide addition info, please do.  Likewise, if this lead turns out to be incorrect, or if this is a repeat of information provided elsewhere, Iíll also ask the moderators to scrap this post.  Rather get this info out than let it be missed by interested readers.  
 
Whatever the case, itís an interesting circumstance.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 27th, 2016, 1:09pm »
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Based on earlier discussions / thread between 2007 and 2014, this is LNE business car 100
 
Please see:  
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=LNE;action=display;num=1178125139
 
"...It was used by the L&NE until the end (1961) and was also used during the scrapping operation (1962).   It was sold to a restaurant in Strafford, PA and incorporated into the building. Around 20 years ago (?) it was removed from the site and apparently moved to this trolley location..."  
 
All that said, our moderator may want to combine these posts / information for clarity.
 
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 27th, 2016, 1:44pm »
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Mr. Metka owns what is left of the L&NE Business car (IIRC #100). The car was acquired shortly after the L&NE quit for use as part of the 'Paoli Local Diner' later 'Connus Ale House' in Wayne, PA. In the later years the car was totally enclosed by an addition to the original building. The car was stripped of most all of the interior partitions and two openings were cut in the right side for access from the main restaurant building. As I recall there were about a dozen or so dining tables in the car during this time.
 
Following the sale of the property (now a Bertucci's restaurant), the car was offered to anyone who had the ability to remove it within a fairly short time frame. While I thought about acquiring it, I decided that the composite (steel sheathing over a wood frame) carbody and (IIRC) wood framed trucks made it a stationary item at best. When removed the car still had its original wheels from new as evidenced by the 1925 date stamped in each wheel. Mr. Metka deserves credit for his rescue of the car.
 
I reviewed the PennDOT special hauling permits and helped coordinate with Daily Trucking of Carlisle, PA the cars removal from downtown Wayne, PA. In my slide collection are my photos of the loading and transport of Car #100 through Wayne and also on I476.


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