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Head End Power Car Project Launched

ex Amtrak baggage car 1352 in Minerva, OH The Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society has accepted the donation of an ex Amtrak baggage car and will build a Head End Power (HEP) car using it. The project will involve the installation of a 350KW diesel generator, power cabling, power connectors, a control system, and the repainting of the car. Once completed, the power car will provide electricity to our coaches, diners, and Pullman cars when operated in a train. The project is estimated to cost $50,000.

For the past six years we have operated events using borrowed and makeshift systems to run the heating, air conditioning and appliances in the cars. Now we have the opportunity to solve the problem of not having our own power source.

This car was originally built by St. Louis Car Company as a US Army kitchen car in 1953. It was rebuilt in the 1970s by Amtrak into a baggage car and numbered 1352. In the 1990s it was sold into private ownership, painted primer red and numbered HVRX 3684 where it was used for storage and a tool car. The car needs some sheet metal work after sitting idle for 20 years, but it is a good platform for a power car. We are seeking to raise the necessary funds through member and public donations. Please help us complete this project as soon as possible by contributing. Donating is easy, just click the PayPal donate button.


Holiday Dinner in the Diner

Guests enjoy dinner at one of our 2014 Dinner on the Diner event Join the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society on December 10, 2016, for a holiday dinner on the Phoebe Snow Diner as we travel through the Delaware Water Gap. This will be our first public dinners on a moving train since Diner 469 was removed from service.Trains will depart from the Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg,PA at 4:00PM and 6:00PM

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the "get your tickets now" button or at The Historic Dansbury Depot the day of the dinners.

Santa Train ticket link



2016 Holiday Trains in the Poconos

Characters from a Christmas Carol at Gouldsboro StationThe ELCPS will be running holiday excursions from East Stroudsburg, PA to Gouldsboro, PA on November 26, December 3 and December 4 ,2016. Trains will depart from the Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg,PA at 10:00AM and 2:00PM on November 26th.  Trains depart at 2:00PM on December 3rd & 4th.

Use this lnk to purchase coach seating
Link to coach tickets

Use this link to purchase premium seating
 Link to premium tiecket sales

Dansbury Depot, East Stroudsburg, PAWe will also be running Santa Trains from the Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg on December 3. 4, and 10, 2016.  These are short trips with Santa on board visiting each child during the journey. Tickets can be purchased  by following this link.

Santa Train ticket link



Sixth Annual Fire at the Furnace - June 3, 2016

ELDCPS will once again be providing support services for the Fire at the Furnace event at the Scranton Iron Furnaces.

Taking place on Friday, June 3, 2016, this popular event features food, drink, music, and of course iron pouring!

The event will begin at 10am, featuring presentations by artists and film screenings.

The evening festivities will feature music, beverages, cupcakes, and food trucks!

Entry to the event is free, but tickets must be purchased in advance for the 4:30pm BBQ ($15 per person)

For full schedule information, and to purchase tickets for the event, please click the link below.



ELDCPS Consist outside Radisson

Peaches and Crime

Peaches and Crime - Tim O'Malley photo

ELDCPS Swings into Spring with Peaches & Crime and Phoebe Snow

ELDCPS was joined by many of our supporters and friends this past weekend in Scranton for our Swing into Spring Weekend. On Friday night, April 15, we kicked things off with a cocktail reception featuring the Scranton-debut of Peaches and Crime, a neo-Vaudeville performance group, inside the Trax Platform Lounge at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. It was a great party, literally under the train-shed of the former-Lackawanna station, where the Phoebe Snow once boarded passengers.

On Saturday, April 16, the Friends of Northeast Railroading Association and ELDCPS teamed up for The Phoebe Snow Gala, featuring historical presentations and programs on the character of Phoebe Snow, and Scranton's railroad history. Over 65 attendees had the added bonus of dining on-board DL&W Diner 469, with two stationary meals offered. The ELDCPS sales table was also open for Gala guests, and Peaches and Crime were also on-hand to talk about their group and music.

Make sure to visit our Events Calendar often to check out any upcoming ELDCPS events and excursions, or join our e-mail list using the link on the Events page, or on the top of the left-hand navigation bar on the website.



City of Lima and Diner 469 to serve as Camp for Ironworkers

Nikki Moser working during the 2014 Arts of Fire Festival

While in service on the Nickel Plate, City of Lima provided first-class accommodations for passengers traveling from Chicago to Hoboken. On the weekend of June 5, 2015, along with Diner 469, City of Lima will once again provide accommodations, this time to the ironworkers providing demonstrations at the 2015 Arts On Fire Festival.

The ironworkers will enjoy the Pullman car's hospitality throughout the weekend, while demonstrating casting of iron at the Historic Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton. Other local artisans and vendors will be on hand throughout the festival providing demonstrations, foods and crafts.

Be sure to stop by the ELDCPS table, where you can purchase items from the ELDCPS store, sample our delicious E-L Diner Blend coffee and chat with members of our volunteer crew.

Activities kick off on Friday night with the Fire at the Furnace fundraiser, with funds going to support the Anthracite Heritage Museum. Tickets can be purchased online at www.artsonfirefestival.com or on the day of the event.

Saturday and Sunday family friendly activities continue with free admission, and ELDCPS will be on hand both days. The complete schedule of events is available at www.artsonfirefestival.com


Another Successful Dinner on the Diner Event

Dinner on the Diner - Lackawanna 469One significant milestone in the history and progress of this organization was passed on March 23, 2014, when DL&W Diner 469 was opened to over 60 of our members and the public, who enjoyed a delicious four-course meal provided by La Trattoria, a local Scranton restaurant. This event, which raised over $1,000 for the Society, marked the first time an Erie Lackawanna dining car served a public meal in over 40 years in Scranton.

On April 27, we hosted our second Dinner on the Diner event, partnering with Alfredo's Pizza Cafe. This event was also a tremendous success, and we are now looking forward to our next event. We thank all of our members and supporters who joined us for these two days of dining, conversation, and experience.

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Leadership Lackawanna Presents Donation to ELDCPS

Leadership Lackawanna Presents Donation to ELDCPSBack 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!



Phoebe Snow Diner 469 Reintroduced to Scranton

DL&W Diner 469 poses at the former Lackawanna Railroad station in Scranton PA

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.



Reproduction Pullman "Cedar" Blankets

Reproduction Pullman Cedar BlanketThe 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 To Help Kickoff Diner 469's Return to Service

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!

Leadership Lackawanna Website>>

Leadership Lackawanna Facebook Page>>

The Phoebe Snow Diner Facebook Page>>


Diners 741 & 770 Have Returned Home

Erie Lackawanna Diner 741 and Erie Lackawanna Diner 770 pose at Steamtown in Scranton on July 18 2012

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.


DL&W Phoebe Snow Diner 469 is Home!

DL&W Diner 469 returns to Scranton, accompanied by a Dieseliner coach and Delaware-Lackawanna Alco locomotivesFormer 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.

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Information Wanted

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.