Nordson Gives Rail Cars to Wellington Museum

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The Nordson Corp. in Amherst has donated a caboose and two passenger cars to the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington.

The cars have been on static display for the past 43 years at the former New York Central depot in Amherst, which is owned by Nordson and used as a community center.

The wooden caboose and passenger cars were purchased in 1971 by company founder Evan Nord from the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.

The passenger cars include Pullman-built City of Waynesboro, a 10 roomettes, six double bedrooms car built in February 1950 for the C&O. The other car is a former C&O coach. All three cars are in their “as built” condition.

“A lot of old railcars end up modified, changed around or used for other purposes,” said LSRA President Jack Siffert. “These are pretty much the way they came out of service, which 40-plus years after the fact, is incredibly rare and scarce.”

The museum hopes to have the cars moved to the Ohio Locomotive Works in Lorain for a cosmetic restoration and mechanical upgrades so the cars can be moved by rail to the association’s property in Wellington and used in excursion service.

Siffert told the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria that moving the cars will be a challenge. No timeline has been set for moving the cars to Lorain and restoring them.

Nordson Vice President Doug Bloomfield said in a news release that the company is pleased that the rail cars will be used to educate people about railroad history in Northeast Ohio.

“This is a unique way of giving something back to the community in addition to the many traditional charitable causes we support every year,” he said.

Photographs by Dan Davidson

 

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One Response to “Nordson Gives Rail Cars to Wellington Museum”

  1. James Says:

    The cars and caboose like great!
    Jim

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