Passenger Car Returns ‘Home’ to SW Pa. Group

A passenger car once donated by a southwest Pennsylvania historical society is coming back home.

The Greene County Historical Society had given the narrow gauge coach from the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.

The Connecticut group had planned to restore the car and use it on a short-line railroad that it maintains.

But that didn’t happen and efforts to sell the car were unsuccessful. So the group that had given away the car years ago agreed to take it back.

The Pennsylvania society had rescued the car in 1965 but was unable to care for it so it donated it the next year to the Connecticut group.

The car was built by the Jackson & Sharp Company in Wilmington, Delaware, and retired from service in 1929. On the W&W it carried roster number 6.

The W&W shut down in 1933, by which time it had been acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The PRR had converted the W&W track to standard gauge in order to reach coal mines in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Greene Historical Society officials say the coach will be restored for use as exhibit space and will be displayed with W&W 2-6-0 No. 4 at the society’s facility in Waynesburg

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