THE PARLOR CAR

The Parlor Car is the last of the three cars to be restored. Rivets at the forward end of car casting, center beam, and collision post have been removed. After the center casting is inspected and magnafluxed to check for cracks the rivet holes will be prepared for HUCK bolting. Care must be taken to insure that holes are not damaged during the rivet removal. New curved safety glass was installed in the parlor lounge and FRA glazing is installed in the remaining compartment windows. A new gasket was designed to provide alternative window exits within each compartment. This was accomplished without altering the original window frame design.

Corroded carbon steel has been removed where the seats mount along the walls. New isle side seat mounting adapter plates have been fabricated to bypass the corroded originals. All seating has been restored and reupholstered and is ready to install.

This car will incorporate several changes beyond the original Budd Design. New gray and black water tanks will be located beneath the car floor to service new toilets. Like the other two cars New air conditioning equipment will be installed in the vestibule area in the same location as the original equipment. Additional small package units will be added to the hall closet ceiling at the forward end of the car and just below the floor, in the small enclosed area where the rear emergency coupler would be installed.

There will be a new ADA styled bathroom at the forward end of the car and another opposite it that will feature one of the original sinks.

New electric heating will be installed after the new seat mounting hardware is welded in place.

An original stainless steel sink will be used in one of the restrooms. The picture at left is how most of the trainset looked when it arrived.