Funeral car "Kensico"

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Funeral car "Kensico"

Postby rjcairns » Sun May 05, 2013 2:46 pm

Does anyone know whatever happened to the "Car Kensico", or how its fate might be determined? During the period 1889 - 1899, a family could, at a moderate cost, secure the Car Kensico to transport the remains of the deceased and a funeral party. The Car Kensico could be attached to a regular train, or run as a special between Grand Central Terminal and Kensico Cemetery Station in Valhalla, NY. The interior of the Car Kensico had three compartments: one for the remains, one for the immediate family, seating twelve persons, and one comprising the balance of the car for friends and relatives, seating thirty persons.
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Re: Car Kensico

Postby Ocala Mike » Sun May 05, 2013 6:44 pm

You should probably contact Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY for a heads up on this. I remember reading something to the effect that the restaurant there is in an "old railroad car." Can't find the article now, but maybe that's what happened to Funeral Car "Kensico."
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Re: Funeral car "Kensico"

Postby erie2937 » Fri May 10, 2013 12:03 am

There were two funeral cars. They were both built for the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad at West Albany in 1889. They were No.145 Kensico and No. 146 Woodlawn. Both cars retained their original numbers and names in 1915 when the NYC&HRRR was succeeded by the New York Central Railroad. In 1917 145 Kensico was placed in company service as an Eye Test Car and was renumbered X8008. I do not know when it was retired and dismantled. in 1918 146 Woodlawn was retired and probably dismantled. Respectfully submitted by Hugh T. Guillaume, former director NYCSHS.
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