DOVER HARBOR 100th FundRaiser
Help us keep America’s Pullman, DOVER HARBOR, on the rails as we celebrate 100th Anniversary of the car’s construction!
We are selling for a limited time special commemorative 100th Anniversary items to help raise funds for the DOVER HARBOR. Help keep her rolling on the main lines of America with your purchase which will support key projects this year that continue to invest in our ability to restore and operate the car..
- The replacement of the air-conditioning system. Some parts of the system date to 1934 and are simply difficult to maintain reliably at this point within the current more modern supply chain.
- Replacement of the banquet upholstery with more period appropriate, and durable fabric. The current fabric is about 30 years old is showing wear and age. Through extensive research we’ve identified more appropriate period fabric representing the 1930s.
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Ball Cap, hunter green embroidered with 100TH Anniversary Dover HarborGold and Green logo. 100% cotton twill.Features: 6-panel, structured, low-profile, front panel constructed with buckram, matching hook and loop closure.
To be determined
Screen printed with 100TH Anniversary Dover Harbor Logo, Black, Bayside USA-Made 100% Cotton T-shirt
Color 100TH Anniversary Coin with Anniversary Logo on one side and DCNRHS Logo on the other.
DCNRHS Company Store
Set of two Stemless Wine Glasses
Set of two 17 oz. stemless wine glasses with screen-printed 100TH Anniversary Dover Harbor Logo. Hand wash only.
DCNRHS Company Store
$30.00/$35.00 for a set of two.
Color lapel pin with 100th Anniversary Logo
DCNRHS Company Store
Dover Harbor COFFEE, 12 oz ground 100% Arabica Coffee, Micro-roasted in small batches. Choose Regular or Decaf
Phoebe Snow Company
The shirts ship as one order (shipping is extra) from Custom Ink. The pins, hats, coins, and wine glasses will ship separately but may be ordered. together on one order with a flat $10.00 shipping fee through our Company Store. The Coffee ships separately as one order with shipping extra. Applicable sales tax will also be charged.
Our heavy weight* passenger rail car was constructed by the Pullman Company of Chicago in July, 1923 (lot 4698, Plan 2951) as a combine baggage-library car named the Maple Shade. The 81 foot car weighed 80 tons and had a four section, twelve seat lounge, a barber shop, and a twenty-eight foot baggage area. Painted in the Pennsylvania Railroad’s standard colors (tuscan red), it operated in service at the head of that railroad’s name trains, including the Broadway Limited and the Spirit of St. Louis for eleven years.
In March, 1934, the Maple Shade was recalled into the Pullman Company Shops. The car was rebuilt into six double bedrooms, a buffet, and a lounge, and was renamed the DOVER HARBOR. The DOVER HARBOR and eight other cars with this same configuration were built according to plan 4015 and were designated the Dover Series. Air conditioning, which was new to railroad cars at this time, was also installed. After rebuilding the car, which weighed 87 tons, was repainted to the standard Pullman green and gold livery that it wears today.
After the renovation of the DOVER HARBOR was completed in May, 1934, the Pullman Company assigned the car to service on the Michigan Central Railroad, a subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad. In 1939, DOVER HARBOR operated with sister cars Dover Plains and Dover Bay on the westbound Lake Shore Limited and the eastbound Commodore Vanderbilt between New York and Chicago. Later, DOVER HARBOR saw assignments to the Cleveland Limited in 1944 and the Knickerbocker in 1945 — both New York Central trains operating between New York and Cleveland.
The Pullman Company owned and operated the car until December 31, 1948, at which time Pullman transferred ownership of the cars to the railroads on which they operated and arranged a lease-back contract with the railroads by which Pullman would operate and maintain the cars. This transfer was the result of a federal government anti-trust action, which mandated that Pullman separate its car manufacturing from its car operations, and that its fleet of cars be sold.
In July, 1953, the DOVER HARBOR’s exterior was repainted into the New York Central gray livery.
On April 24, 1954, the DOVER HARBOR along with Dover Cliffs was assigned to operate between Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Canada on the Montrealer and the Washingtonian. These trains were an interline pair operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the New York New Haven, and Hartford, the Boston and Main, the Central Vermont, and the Canadian National. DOVER HARBOR’s lounge provided meal service on these trains between New York and Montreal, serving an average of fourteen persons for supper and eighteen persons for breakfast. In 1955, streamlined light weight cars Pine Tree State and Nutmeg State replaced the Dover Series cars on these trains; DOVER HARBOR, however, continued frequently as a backup car on these trains.
In February, 1958 the car was painted in the two-tone gray Pullman pool service color scheme.
DOVER HARBOR at San Bernardino, California October 28, 1960 in pool service. Image courtesy of David Shaw
On April 7, 1958, ownership of the Dover Series cars was transferred back to the Pullman Company. Pullman having realized the value of the design features of the cars, had negotiated with the various railroads to trade a series of Clover cars (8-section, 5-double bedroom) for the Dover Series cars. The DOVER HARBOR remained in service on the Montrealer until it was finally retired to storage on October 18, 1965 at Pullman’s Calumet Shops near Chicago. In April 1967, the Pullman Company sold the car to a private individual. After a series of four private owners, the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (DCNRHS) purchased the DOVER HARBOR on November 30, 1979.undefined
DCNRHS has taken care in restoring the DOVER HARBOR. Great emphasis is placed on retaining as much of the car’s 1934 appearance as possible. The exterior of the DOVER HARBOR is repainted in the 1930s Pullman green complete with authentic gold lettering. The beautiful interior of the car appears much as it did in the 1930s, complete with period carpet and furnishings. Much of the furniture, wood, and brass work is refinished. While maintaining its period appearance, DCNRHS instituted mechanical improvements which enable the car to meet current standards. Since restoration began, the car has received high-speed roller-bearing trucks and wheel sets, new controlled-slack couplers, retention-toilets, upgraded brake system with anti-lock mechanism, a new air-conditioning system, and a self-contained 60KW diesel generator. The car’s electrical system has also been replaced. The DOVER HARBOR became Amtrak certified on May 21, 1986. It is now the only heavy weight Pullman revenue car fully operational for private use on Amtrak passenger trains.
Our goal is not only to preserve the car, but to operate it so that passengers and visitors can experience railroading’s “Golden Age”, the 1930s and 1940s. Visitors to the DOVER HARBOR can see the results of the on-going efforts of the dedicated people of DCNRHS. Our goal can only be accomplished through your continued support and patronage.