New York Central #38

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The NYC-38 is a full length tavern lounge car with daytime seating up to 50 people. 28 in the lounge area and 22 at tables. The NYC-38 has a small kitchen for light refreshments.

History:

The NYC-38 was acquired by our chapter in 2001. The NYC-38 was built by the Budd Company in 1947. The New York Central Railroad placed an order with Budd for 13 cars in March 1944. The 13 Cars were part of the Budd Job number 9808-004. The cars were built as Tavern Lounge Cars with seating for 47. Four of the cars were wrecked in the 1960's (36, 42, 35, and 41). Car 42 was retired in 1967 and later scrapped. Car 45 was retired in 1964 and sold to the James E. Strates Shows. The remaining eight cars were merged into the Penn Central System with numbers in 4400 series. Our Car was PC4438. Two cars, including ours were sold to Amtrak in 1976 and ours became Amtrak 3346. The remaining five cars were sold to New Jersey Department of Transportation for commuter train use. Both Amtrak cars (including ours) were placed in work train service by Amtrak, the NYC-38's Amtrak number was 10310. Our car had five lounge seats removed in 1966 and replaced with coat and luggage racks for use as a parlor car. The original Tavern Lounge cars were built for 13 planned daytime Streamliners throughout the New York Central System. They would run in conjunction with the 13 Observation Parlor cars. Based on an internal (NYC) memo dated December 8, 1943, the 13 Streamliners would run: Cleveland & Cincinnati, Cleveland & St. Louis, Pittsburgh & Buffalo, New York & Buffalo, Boston & Albany, Cleveland & Chicago, Pittsburgh & Detroit, Chicago & Cincinnati, and New York & Montreal. (History by Wesley F. Ross)

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Photo by Joe Rosenthal in Huntington, West Virginia
© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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Inside the NYC-38 on the Tavern End.
Photo taken in Huntington, West Virginia!
© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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Table setting on the NYC-38.
Photo taken in Huntington, West Virginia!
© Joe Rosenthal 2014

 

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Floor Plan of the NYC-38. Rendering made by Joe Rosenthal.

2015-2016 Updates

As of December 2015, the NYC-38 had many upgrades done including new wood veener, stainless, paint, and counter top in the interior of the car. Starting on December 20, 2015, the car has started to undergo a complete upgrade of the interior. Our dedicated crew at our South Yard Maintance facility have gutted the interior and have replaced the flooring. Our crew has also painted most the interior on the B end of the car. New yellow for behind the kitchen and the tavern, and new blue for the ceiling behind the kitchen. New padding and carpet are being have been installed, and new LED lighting is being installed to give the car a more modern touch while still keeping with the 1950's look. More electrical outlets are being installed throutout the car to help keep up with modern electronics. New heater sheilds are being made from scratch to resemble the original heater shields that we in the car. The restoom wil getting a remodel as well including a new floor, hot water, and a cabinate under the sink.

Please use this link to visit our remodel page of the NYC-38!

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