Tuesday, June 23, 2009
While in Amqui, Quebec last month, David Morris and I photographed the Pullman car near the station. It is a very nice-looking car. My post about Amqui prompted Bob Liming to do some more research, and he found that it has been purchased by the town of Amqui and is being restored as a tourist attraction.
The car was built by Pullman in 1917 as car 4714, the "Joseph Early Widener Lynnewood". Joseph E. Widener was an American art collector and philanthropist, who raised his family at Lynnewood Hall in Pennsylvania.
The car was purchased by the Chesapeake & Ohio at some point. In 1952 it was bought by the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, and then by "Gaspe Rail" in 2002.
There are a few interior photos here, as well as a post by the Mayor here.
Currently it is sitting on a piece of rail next to the station.