Braddock Inn

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The Braddock Inn was built February 28, 1949 as a 21 roomette sleeper for the Pennsylvania Railroad numbered 8246. The car operated on “The Iron City Express” as a regularly assigned sleeper. It worked on the Indianapolis Limited as a through sleeper. When delivered, it wore a full Tuscan Red color, with gold lettering and a Black Roof. In 1956, it was renamed the Peter Schoenberger. In 1963, Braddock Inn was converted to a 64 seat coach with a 12-seat smoking section for corridor operations and renumbered 1509. When converted to a coach, the car was changed from Tuscan red to a stainless steel coach. As No. 1509, it served on the corridor through the 1960s into the Penn Central era until it was sold to New Jersey Transit in 1976. New Jersey Transit used the car briefly then, sold it to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MARC). MARC converted the Braddock Inn in the early spring of 1994 to a Café-parlor car and put the Pennsylvania Railroad Keystone, as well as the car’s original name, on the letter board. The car is a parlor/lounge car with daytime seating for 42 people. The Braddock Inn featured 18 parlor chairs originally built for the Milwaukee Road Skytop Cars, which recline and swivel. The car also had six (6) table seats which hold four a each. The car also included a small snack bar for passengers to purchase light refreshments. The Braddock Inn operated until 2001 on one of MARC’s express commuter trains between Washington, DC and Martinsburg,WV with the seats usually filled.

Today, the Braddock Inn is owned, and operated by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (CPH). The car was acquired by CPH in 2004 operates the Braddock Inn on their annual New River Train Excursions in October, as well as operating the car to New York City, Washington, D.C., and other places that it is chartered. After acquiring the car from MARC, volunteers upgraded the car as needed to suit our needs. Volunteers added a stove and oven in the kitchen area for meal service. After the 2016 season, the Braddock Inn was needing some interior work. In December 2016, the volunteers started removing pieces of the car’s interior to make way for the new design. Over 900 volunteer hours were spent on the Braddock Inn between December 27, 2016 and March 24, 2017. We painted the interior, replaced the existing carpet with new carpet on the lounge end and wood vinyl on the booth end. New wall panels were installed below the windows as well as new panels above the luggage racks. Our volunteers custom built cabinets above the booths to allow for more storage while also creating more of a clerestory look to the car. Custom built booths were installed and built to fit with new cushions. A new stove and an additional oven was purchased and installed in the kitchen. Braddcok Inn now has new set of chairs to allow higher capacity seating for certain trips. With the new set of furniture, the Braddock Inn can now sit 26 in the lounge and 24 at booths. The Braddock Inn can be setup in three (3) different configurations now allowing much more versatility. The 18 parlor chairs, 20 black chairs, or 26 black chairs.

In August 2017, CSX very generously painted the Braddock Inn into its as-delivered Pennsylvania Railroad Tuscan paint scheme. The Huntington Locomotive Paint Shop crew was very dedicated to the project and took great pride in painting the car. We cannot thank them enough for all of their hard work on the Braddock Inn. Thank you CSX for painting the car! The car will be debuted on the 2017 New River Train in October as its first trip in its as-delivered paint scheme.

Below are a few pictures of the Braddock Inn.

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Braddcok Inn in Huntington, WV.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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Inside the Braddock Inn. Photo taken in our SouthYard.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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The Braddock Inn setup with 18 reclining chairs.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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The Braddock Inn setup with 18 reclining chairs.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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The booth end of the Braddock Inn with all custom made booths and cabinets.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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The booth end of the Braddock Inn with all custom made booths and cabinets.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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The booth end of the Braddock Inn with all custom made booths and cabinets.
© Joe Rosenthal 2017

 

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© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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Floor Plan of the Braddock Inn. Rendering made by Joe Rosenthal.

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Floor Plan of the Braddock Inn with alternate seating. Rendering made by Joe Rosenthal.

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Floor Plan of the Braddock Inn with alternate seating. Rendering made by Joe Rosenthal.

To see photos of our 2016-2017 remodel of the braddock Inn, click here

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