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Los Angeles Railway carbody free to a good home
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Author:  jsmatlak [ Wed Oct 13, 2004 2:21 am ]
Post subject:  Los Angeles Railway carbody free to a good home

Just when you think you know where all of the LARy Huntingon Standard carbodies are, another one turns up. Such was the case in September 2004 when Orange Empire Railway Museum was contacted regarding its potential interest in preserving the carbody of LA Railway "Huntington Standard" 749. Inspection revealed that it is in pretty decent shape as carbodies go, having benefited greatly from being roofed over for many decades. As would be expected, the "car" is strictly a body, and all of the hardware and other equipment is long gone. Over the years, it had an extra doorway cut into one side and one of the bulkheads had a large section cut out if it. On the exterior, the buffers were both removed in order to square things up for the house walls which were added to the exterior. The windows and doors are also long gone, save for the bulkhead doors, which remain in place.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this carbody is the small area of the ceiling and bulkhead which has never been painted. You can still see the two shades of yellow on the ceiling and headliner panels, along with the unpainted varnished moldings. Also, the bulkhead has an area which appears to still have yellow paint and the remains of simple pinstriping. Unfortunately, this is also the bulkhead that has been cut up. The ceilings throughout the car are in excellent shape and do not show any signs of major water damage. The remainder of the car has several coats of house paint all over everything.

In addition to regularly operated "Huntington Standards" 525 and 665, OERM also owns three Huntington Standard carbodies (836, 744 and 807), so we are unable to take on the care and feeding of another carbody of this type. The owner wishes to dispose of the car, and so we offered to assist him in attempting to locate a suitable home for it. If no home can be found for the complete carbody, it certainly would be a good source for a variety of moldings and other wooden parts for use in restoring carbodies already owned by the Museum.

Pictures and contact info for the car's owner are now posted at: http://www.oerm.org/pages/lary_7.htm

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