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DL&W Coach

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Coaches

Length: 70’
Weight: 54 tons
Built: Pullman-Standard Co., 1911-192
Rebuilt: American Car & Foundry, 1930

Coaches 310, 328, 329, 341, 453, 3204, 3224 and 4301 are suburban coaches built by the Pullman-Standard Co. between 1911 and 1925. The coaches were part of a large fleet originally built for the Delaware Lackawanna & Western, where they ran in suburban service between Hoboken and northern New Jersey. Originally designed to be hauled by steam locomotives, the coaches were rebuilt in 1930 as “multiple unit trailers” for use in the new electrified zone.

In 1960, the DL&W merged with the Erie Railroad to become the Erie-Lackawanna. Conrail took over the operations of EL in 1976, and continued to operate the vintage cars in daily commuter service. The coaches later became the property of New Jersey Department of Transportation and conveyed to NJ Transit in 1983, and were retired in 1984.

BSRM purchased coaches 328, 329, 341 and 453 from NJT in May 1984. Coach 310 was purchased the following year. Coaches 3204, 3224 and 4301 were used on the Holyoke Heritage Park Railway, but were stored in 1995. In 2005, BSRM entered into a long-term lease with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to restore and operate the idle coaches.

DL&W

EL

BSRM

Type

Built

2210

3210

310

Low-roof coach

1925

2228

3228

328

Low-roof coach

1925

2229

3229

329

Low-roof coach

1925

2241

3241

341

Low-roof coach

1925

2353

4353

453

High-roof coach

1917/1921

2204

3204

3204

Low-roof coach

1925

2224

3224

3224

Low-roof coach

1925

2301

4301

4301

High-roof coach

1911

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