"This is one of the most exciting railroad renovation projects in the country. It's not just a refurbishing of a historic club car. It is a completely original re-imagining of what a railcar can be, and it's an unforgettable location for a party," said Holly Gove of the Mount Hood Railroad. "It is a piece of Americana, and it is gorgeous thanks to the hard work of all the artisans that led the redesign and restoration. We are extremely proud to unveil this to the public and make it available for special events on our excursions in one of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Northwest."
The Long Island Club car was originally built in 1955 and 1956 by Pullman at their Worcester, Massachusetts factory for the Long Island Rail Road (then owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad). The name of the cars is derived from its original role, which was to serve as a high-capacity coach for commuters riding back and forth between Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Eastern Long Island. In 1999, the Long Island Rail Road sold the car to Mid Atlantic Rail Car, who then sold it to Iowa Pacific Holdings, the parent company of Mount Hood Railroad. Iowa Pacific utilized the car on the Orlando and Mount Dora Railroad in Florida and the Rio Grande Railroad in Colorado before selecting it for the redesign and restoration project undertaken by Mount Hood Railroad.
The Mount Hood Railroad has a rich history reaching back more than a hundred years in the Hood River area, which was first explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805. Subsequent explorers and pioneers discovered the dense forests and rich, fertile soil of the Hood River Valley-now internationally famous for its fruit industry. The Mount Hood Railroad was built to provide commercial and passenger transportation to the region and began service in 1906. It immediately became an economic lifeline for the valley, carrying fruit and forest products to market and serving as a primary means of passenger transport during the first half of the 20th century. While still an active freight line, the scenic railroad now offer visitors some of Oregon's most breathtaking scenery-from the town of Hood River toward the base of Mount Hood-with historic trains that feature air conditioned dome cars, gourmet meals, live narration and more.
To reserve the Long Island club car for a special event, visit www.mthoodrr.com, call 1-800-872-4661, or visit the train station at 110 Railroad Avenue in downtown Hood River, Ore. The railroad can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
About Mount Hood Railroad
Mount Hood Railroad conducts fun, nostalgic and entertainment-filled train excursions through one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1906, Mount Hood Railroad has provided more than 100 years of passenger and commercial rail service in the Hood River Valley first explored by Lewis & Clark more than two centuries ago. Today, it provides memorable trips from the city of Hood River, Ore., through the orchard-filled Hood River Valley, up to the Mount Hood National Scenic Area around the iconic peak of the state's highest mountain. The Mount Hood Railroad will host numerous special events during 2011, including fruit blossom excursions, Thomas the Tank Engine family events, Father's Day excursions, Murder Mystery and Western Train Robbery rides, a Labor Day Carnival, Polar Express and much more. The Mount Hood Railroad's sister railways include the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in southern Colorado, the Copper Spike Train in Arizona, the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad in New York state, the West Texas Polar ExpressT and charter excursions with High Iron Travel. For more information, visit www.mthoodrr.com.
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GroundFloor Media on behalf of Mount Hood Railroad