__WM Coach #835
Western Maryland Railway Coach No. 835 was built by Pullman in 1917 and has a capacity of 80 passengers. A small restroom is at each end.
After years of service, #835 ended up in the collection of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg, PA. Since it did not fit into the Pennsylvania-oriented collection, in late 2005, #835 was given to the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society (WMRHS) based out of Union Bridge, MD. The board of the WMRHS saw the potential to get #835 back on the rails carrying passengers by leasing it long-term to our museum.
Plans to move #835 from PA to WV missed several proposed dates as it was difficult to work out the schedule with the trucker. The coach was loaded on a special low-boy trailer with a detached bogie on Friday April 6 with the two trucks on a separate trailer. They arrived in Belington late on Monday evening, and the crane was in position on a cold Tuesday morning for the unload.
The unload went well and was accomplished in about three hours. On April 10, 2007, the WM coach again sat on WV rails. Still to be done was the reinstallation of the steps and cut levers from one end that had been removed for clearance on the trailer.
The interior has been cleaned and the exterior has a fresh coat of paint. The lettering will be redone next.
Coach #835 is now in service on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Volunteer and financial help are needed. We need to 'get it done' so click here to see how you can help.