EBT Takes Deliver of New Passenger Car

New passenger cars designed to appear to be from the 19th century have begun to arrive at Pennsylvania’s East Broad Top Railroad.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the dark green cars are being built in Bellingham, Washington, and transported by truck to the EBT.

They are being built by Hamilton Manufacturing and resemble cars built in the 1890s that were used by the EBT in the first half of the 20th century. They are the first new passenger cars for the EBT in more than a century.

EBT’s existing fleet of passenger cars include open air cars built from former boxcars and flatcars. The railroad also uses two cabooses to carry passengers.

The narrow-gauge EBT has a Billmeyer & Small office car built in 1907 and a 1926-built Brill steel gas-electric car that are operable.

Three 19th century passenger cars are still on the property but were described as well worn even as they are being restored to operating condition.

EBT plans to buy four of the Hamilton cars, which are 53 feet in length.

The new car order will include three coaches and a combine that will have a wheelchair lift and meet federal standards for accessibility.

The coaches will be numbered 21-23 while the combine will carry roster number 17.

All of the new cars will have steel underframes  and are constructured with a composite material that provides the appearance of tongue-and-groove wood siding. Wood paneling in the interiors of the cars gives the appearance of a vintage look.

The first of the new Hamilton passenger cars is expected to begin revenue service next week.

To read more visit https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/first-new-coach-arrives-at-east-broad-top/

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