RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

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RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby kp5308 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:28 am

Reading Company private car #15 (Bethlehem Steel 1924)has been donated to RCT&HS by the widow of the car's owner. It is fully Amtrak compliant, & will begin the journey across the country shortly. A stipulation of the donation is that the car be kept under roof, which will be met by the society. What a gift!!!!!
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Re: RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby Franklin Gowen » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:09 pm

Truly an awe-inspiring bequest to the Society! Thank you for posting this wonderful news. I am thrilled that this example of "private varnish" will soon be back in home territory. I've long wondered about this car's adventures since it left the Reading.
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Re: RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby kp5308 » Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:22 am

From what I understand, the car has the original interior layout, & other than modifications necessary to meet Amtrak's requirements, and updates to the kitchen appliances, is pretty much in original condition :-D
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Re: RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby GOLDEN-ARM » Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:42 am

Here's some pics of the 15, in a somewhat "unusual" paint scheme: READING #15
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Re: RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby PRRGuy » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:03 am

Does the museum plan to operate the car as a private car for charter to help raise money for the museum?

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Re: RDG #15 donated to RCT&HS

Postby geep39 » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:31 pm

I know there's a lot of excitement about this acquisition, but it is WAY TOO premature. From what I understand, it will be several months before the car is received. I believe RCT&HS policy is not to release info until the item is WELL IN HAND. "Murphy's Law" is in full effect here (if something can go wrong, it will). Look at the posts about GP-7 #621, which was made by one of the guys who worked on it. That unit was acquired several years before it was reported here. I understand that this acquisition was "worked on" for at least 15-20 years. Wouldn't it have been more appropriate for the people involved to report on it? Channel your enthusiasm carefully.
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