Head End Power Car Project Launched

Head End Power Car Project Launched

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.

 

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