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The restoration of Car #530

Car #530 is one of the most popular cars on the train, and  is host to thousands of passengers every year.  For the past 11 months, the car has been undergoing a restoration. Everything from coupler, to coupler, has been inspected, updated, and rebuilt.

We started with the interior, replacing the old rubber floor, as well as any rotted flooring below it.  Ripped seats were reupholstered, interior paint touched up, and a new carpet installed.  With all seats replaced, the interior was completed. Next came the exterior.

The reason the floor rotted out was due to the fact that the window gaskets leaked.

All windows received new gaskets.

Many months were spent removing rust, sanding and repairing holes with body putty.

Finally, a coat of primer, and a beautiful top coat were applied..

The color is historically accurate for the Susquehanna. Interestingly enough, they are the exact colors of the  Stevens Institute of Technology. This was the alma mater of the Susquehanna's Trustee, Walter Kidde, and his choice for the color scheme.

Great pains were taken by CMO Matthews to ensure that the lettering was historically accurate as well.

This was the first car in the fleet completed, and plans are in place to continue the work on the other cars as well.

The work on #530 was completed with a generous grant from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.


“Snow with a sunset”
Greg and Frank as usual!
Hank, Greg, Devin
John Oct. 29,2011
Don and Gary Oct. 29,2011
Oct. 29, 2011
Don C. working on 3254
Steaming into Mine Station
The moon over Easton from Lehigh Junction one cold winter night.
Easton Lights
The moon setting over Easton one cold winter night.
A rare shot of 142 departing Lehigh Junction on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Oct 29, 2011
A rare shot of 142 departing Lehigh Junction on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Oct 29, 2011
Greg Smokey Ruch
M-1 leaving Butler for Croxton, and eventually to Phillipsburg.
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard in the consist with other cars due to go up the Portland Secondary. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM.
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
The finished product. The bricks with curved ends are edge bricks.
Waiting for the bricks to set up.
Making bricks for 142's firebox. The material has the consistency of damp sand.
The plastic lining protects the mold and makes removing the finished bricks easier.
Even the molds to make the bricks had to be made in house.
Molds used to form the edge bricks.
A little HELP here!
Clearing up the RofW!
KB & John
I wonder what's in here!
Easter Train 2011, look at all those eggs!!!
Easter Trains 2011
Catching up on Safety Rules!
Making sure Rule Books are up to date
What's my next class?
Are we done yet!
Stewie keeping an eye on Martin as he works on the gift car electric
Loving the ice!
Loving the seas!
Loving the slopes!
Loving the sand!
Looking beautiful, out in the sun for the first time!
All finished, with lettering applied.
Top coat on the opposite side of the car.
Finally the top coat has been applied!
The ends of the cars were painted black.
All primed and ready for a top coat.
The installation of new window gaskets was critical to the stabilization of the car.
The roof was completely sanded down, primed and a new silver paint applied.
Sanding and body work under way.
New window gaskets have been installed and body work is under way.
All done, the interior is complete.
The seats are being installed!
The carpet is installed and the seat frames are going back in!
A beautiful new commercial grade carpet is being installed.
The rotten sections have been replaced!
Removing and replacing the damaged portions of the floor.
The sub floor was rotten and needed to be removed and replaced. Water had been leaking in from the old window gaskets.
Here you can see the condition of the floor after the seats were removed.
The rubber floor needed to be removed!
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