Braddock Inn

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This is a parlor/lounge car with daytime seating for 42 people. The Braddock Inn features 18 captain chairs which recline and have a small fold out table. The car also has 6, four seat tables. Also, the car has a full service kitchen with a stove, two ovens, refrigerator, sink, and lots of dry storage. 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 car. 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 and beyond, until it was sold to New Jersey Transit in 1976. New Jersey Transit, in turn, sold it to the Maryland Department of Transportation, and in 1994, the car was restored to first class service again. It had come full circle from its days when it was a first class car on the Pennsylvania Railroad. 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. This café-parlor car operated until 2001 on one of MARC’s express commuter trains between Washington, DC and Martinsburg,WV and, according to all reports, the seats were usually filled. It was nice to see the car back in first class service after spending almost thirty years as a corridor coach and commuter coach after its days as a 21 roomette sleeper on “The Iron City Express”. The car was then renumbered 5411, and was eventually acquired by MARC and rebuilt for use on the Martinsburg, WV train until 2003. Now, the Braddock Inn is owned, and operated by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Inc. The Braddock Inn was acquired by CPH in 2004 and operates the car 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 the 2016 season, the Braddock Inn was needing some interior work. In December 2016, the volunteers starting removing pieces of the cars 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 clearstory look to the car. Custom built booths were installed and built to fit with new cushions. Also, we purchased a set of new chairs to allow higher capacity in the Braddock Inn for certain trips. With the new set of furniture, the Braddock Inn can now sit 26 in the lounge and 24 at booths (Photos are to come soon of the new furniture). The Braddock Inn can be setup in three (3) different configurations now allowing much more versatility.

Below are a few pictures of the Braddock Inn.

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Braddcok Inn at Chicago Union Station in Chicago, IL
© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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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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