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Historic Preservation Project - Railroad Dining Car

A vintage Northern Pacific Dining car built in 1910 by the Barney & Smith Car Company of Dayton, Ohio. This particular car served nearly 50 years on the North Coast Limited Run from Seattle to Chicago. The owner has secured a permanent site at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. Once the car is restored, it will once again be serving the public as a diner.


Historic Preservation Project - Railroad Dining Car

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Open 24/7 along the old Hwy. 10 in Easton, Washington from 1952 to 1984.

The Cover I created for my collection of recipes purchased from the estate of a retired chef that worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Taken January 25th, 2014 down on the Port of Tacoma where it was stored for 8 years. The LeMay family was generous enough to offer the old dining car its new home at their LeMay family collection at Marymount.

Interior view taken inside the old Dining Car Kitchen. This view is from the waiter's galley looking back into the kitchen.

Young travellers on the North Coast Limited enjoying a fine meal in the 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car.

This is what it looked like once we removed one of the wood panels that are covering the clearstory windows. When the car was outfitted with air conditioning in 1921, they ran the ductwork along the outside of the clearstory windows which made them virtually useless and covered them up. Frames are intact but panes removed. Wood Brace placed in center for additional strength.

Early image inside the dining car with the Steward and the wait staff.

One of the old original menus for the Northern Pacific Dining Car.

This vintage photograph is actually one of the sister cars to my 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car. Originally, there were 15 dining cars ordered by the N.P. for the passenger service. Of those 15 cars, ours is the only one known to have survived the testaments of time. All others were either scrapped or reconfigured for other use.

This old framed plaque was mounted to a linen closet door that was once located in the back of the dining car. This particular door is one of five that were discovered underneath the car when the cranes lifted it off of the foundation in Easton.

More of the orginal refrigeration units located in the kitchen area.

Pressed Glass Transoms inside the Diner.

A waiter delivers one of the N.P.'s famous "Great Big Baked Potato" to one of their patrons inside our 1910 Northern Pacific Dining car. This particular photo was taken around 1915 and was used as part of a promotional ad for the railroad. Pullman Porters and Waiters.

The roof of the old Northern Pacific Dining car is shot and needs replaced.

The roof of the old Northern Pacific Dining car is shot and needs replaced.

The opalescent glass shade out of the old dining car. This is how it looked after I removed all of that old paint.

Kitchen door needs a strippin...

Vintage window with the old Northern Pacific monad logo in pressed glass.

Bronze handle to the wine cooler in the old 1910 N.P. Dining Car.

These are the light switches located outside the kitchen area in the old 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car.

One of the original light fixtures in the hallway. Several of these were taken down by the former owner prior to being sold. They were to be turned over to me but the former owner never came through with this promise. What a swell guy, eh?

Very delicate, very old, original pinch & slide down blinds.

This is a view into the kitchen area. The stove and sinks were removed in the 1950's. I've posted an old photo taken from the same view of what the kitchen looked like back in the 1920's.

An old menu of the day is displayed in the waiters galley. The holder is mounted on the outside of the velvet lined cupboards that held the silver dinnerware.