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Lackawanna M.U. coach to be restored for display in New Jersey

By | April 26, 2022

New York museum’s agreement will lead to display at former terminal in Montclair, N.J.

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Electric commuter coach with faded paint
Electric commuter coach with faded paint
This former Lackawanna M.U. coach will be restored for display at a commercial development at a former Lackawanna terminal in Montclair, N.J. (Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum will return a former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western electric multiple-unit commuter coach to its home state of New Jersey for display at a new retail facility at the former DL&W terminal in Montclair, N.J.

An agreement between the museum and developer BDP Holdings will see the car transferred to the non-profit Tri-State Railway Historical Society for restoration and display at BDP’s Lackawanna Plaza development. Tri-State president Richard King calls the car “perhaps the best surviving example of a Lackawanna motor.”

The car — built by Pullman in 1930 as part of an order for 141 commuter coaches — also operated for Erie Lackawanna, Conrail, and NJ Transit before being retired in 1984. It has been at the Rochester museum since 1985, and had been on display at its Industry depot for more than 20 years. But corrosion to its roof put the car’s future in jeopardy.

“We are deeply appreciative of our partners at Tri-State Railway Historical Society for their collaboration in restoring and returning DL&W 2628 to New Jersey and providing the best possible setting for historic interpretation,” said Otto M. Vondrak, president of the Rochester museum.

The car is scheduled to leave Rochester by truck today (April 26, 2022). More information is available at this web page.

3 thoughts on “Lackawanna M.U. coach to be restored for display in New Jersey

  1. DL&W MU cars were all “bride and groom” sets with motor and trailer. Looks like they’re going to have only the motor car here.

  2. And some of the trailers were real gems, converted from “steam” coaches. It would be awesome if this car could be paired with one of those!

  3. I think of the “Lacks” I have seen on various tourist railroads throughout the US and it is nice to see one (or two) return to their long ago home. You are right on the trailers, David, they look right at home behind a steam locomotive. So much so that many foamers don’t realize they are former electric commuter coaches from out east.

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