Thanks to the hard work of our fantastic volunteers and the wonderful people at Leadership Lackawanna, DL&W Diner 469 made its public debut on June 6, 2013 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, celebrating the restoration of the dining area of the car. Although there are still a few minor projects that remain inside the dining area, our focus now turns toward the kitchen and refrigeration systems of the car. We estimate the costs will be around $30,000 to complete these two items, with an additional $30,000 to prep and paint the car in DL&W colors.
Make a donation today to help us bring back the experience of Dinner in the Diner to the Friendly Service Route.
Back in November, Leadership Lackawanna announced that their Core group would be working with us to design and implement a marketing plan, which highlighted our restoration project. Over the first half of 2013, Leadership hosted several benefit events to promote ELDCPS and Diner 469. Their project culminated in the June 6, 2013 launch party for Diner 469 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel in Scranton.
While their commitment to us was completed with the launch party, Leadership Lackawanna was generous enough to present us this week with a donation for $3800 to be used toward the kitchen and refrigeration work on Diner 469.
We thank Leadership Lackawanna for all of their help!
While our online store is back online after a software update, we are in the process of moving our store inventory to a new location, and we will not be able to fulfill most orders until after August 1st. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to bring all of our products back online soon. Orders for Pullman blankets, memberships, and donations will continue to be available during this process.
The Pullman Cedar pattern blanket, with its Art Deco Pullman logo, became a recognizable symbol of comfort on long-distance train travel. The design was used by Pullman on all of its newer "lightweight" sleeping cars starting in 1936. ELDCPS has partnered with Faribault Woolen Mills to recreate the 1941 version of these blankets. Our Pullman Cedar blankets are twin size, a full 66" x 96", and 100% wool, per Pullman Company specifications, and are made in the USA.
These blankets are now on sale at our Online Store.
Leadership Lackawanna is northeastern Pennsylvania's premier leadership and professional development program for emerging professionals, and they have selected ELDCPS and Diner 469 as their 2013 "core" group project. Leadership Lackawanna will assist ELDCPS in our marketing and fundraising, and will organize and host a launch event for Diner 469 in early June. The Leadership Lackawanna name for the project is "The Phoebe Snow Diner". We look forward to working with this fantastic group to bring the dinner in the diner experience back to the Friendly Service Route!
Just a few months after DL&W Diner 469 returned home to Scranton, our other two dining cars, Erie Lackawanna 741 and Erie Lackawanna 770, have now arrived in Scranton.
Diners 741 and 770 departed Kansas City, MO on the afternoon of July 9, 2012. Norfolk Southern delivered the cars to the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad in Portland, PA on July 17, and the DL delivered the cars to Scranton later that night.
The cars will soon be moved to our Maple Grove worksite in Scranton.
We would like to express our gratitude to Norfolk Southern and Delaware-Lackawanna for delivering these two cars back home where they belong.
More details about the move will be posted soon.
Former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Diner 469, built in 1949 for The Phoebe Snow, has arrived at our Maple Grove worksite in Scranton, PA! 40 years after the car was sold by the Erie Lackawanna, the car has returned home.
The car was picked up from its former home in Collierville, TN last week by Norfolk Southern, and arrived at the Delaware-Lackawanna interchange in Portland, PA on 4/17/12. After overnighting on home rails in downtown Scranton, the D-L spotted the car to Maple Grove on the afternoon of 4/18/12.
The car is in excellent physical and mechanical condition, and we will now compile a punch-list on what needs to happen to make the car operational. After a thorough clean-up, some kitchen work, and a return into Lackawanna colors, Diner 469 will soon become our first dining car to enter service.
To help raise the funds needed to get the car painted and operational, we are selling reproductions of the famous Phoebe Snow pattern china used on the car. We have also started the DL&W 469 Club, a special fundraising program for premium donations. Visit the Diner 469 page more more information.
ELDCPS has entered into a lease agreement for a secure location to continue working on our cars in Scranton. Nicknamed "Maple Grove" after the surrounding trees (and a tongue-in-cheek nod to Amtrak's Beech Grove car repair shops), this industry track is located in South Scranton. This new location offers us improved access to our equipment, lots of parking, and space to work. ELDCPS volunteers have been working hard to return this previously out-of-service track back into service. For the latest updates, visit our Members Blog.
ELDCPS has partnered with Capital One to introduce the ELDCPS Capital One Visa Credit Card. As part of Capital One's Affinity Program, ELDCPS will automatically receive a percentage of all purchases made with the card. ELDCPS receives 2% from purchases at gas stations and major grocery stores, 10% from select merchants, and 1% from all other purchases. Select from three EL images for your card design.
All proceeds earned by ELDCPS through this program will go towards the restoration of our cars.
African Americans played a critical role in Railroad Dining Car and Pullman operations, and we intend to research this history as part of our project. If you or a family member was employed in these historical dining car or Pullman operations, we would like to hear your personal history.