Cadillac Rail Car

June 2019 Update


1946 Cadillac Series 62 Rail Car
West Virginia Railroad Museum
Restoring a Beautiful Piece of Railroad History

By: Bryan & Johnette Totten
The restoration of the Western Maryland Railway Car #6, 1946 Cadillac Rail Car Project, is a unique undertaking, recreating an authentic rail car as it appeared over 63 years ago. Restoration began March 9th, 2019 by volunteers when the car was moved from its long-time storage location in Beverly, West Virginia to B&B Auto in Elkins, West Virginia.

As restoration began sadly many areas of the car were more deteriorated than the initial assessment reflected.   It has also been discovered that much of the side chrome and stainless trim has been lost or misplaced during moves from one location to another.  The remaining chrome/stainless pieces have been sent off for estimates on straightening, polishing and rechroming.

To date all of the doors, deck lid, hood, and quarter panel extensions have been removed and repaired.  The quarter panels, fenders, and main body still has to be finished.  The trunk area and inner fenders were badly hacked at the time of transformation in the Cumberland shops and will need to be addressed.

continue reading