VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Bluegrass Scenic Railroad in Versailles says passengers can now enjoy a ride in a restored first-class car.
The organization says it received an $8,000 grant from the John H Emery Rail Heritage Trust to repaint and preserve first class coach C&NW 3478.
The coach was built in 1953 and was used in mainline passenger service through the 1960’s. The grant has enabled the museum to restore and preserve the car for continued use. Officials say passengers can now experience and enjoy train travel as it once was.
Officials say the work involved blasting the old clear coat and paint with crushed glass medium down to a clean aluminum surface, repairing several damaged sections, and applying a primer and two coats of Sherwin Williams.
According to officials, the work was completed under contract by Empire Blasting for $13,504. The project was funded by the $8,000 Emery grant, $1,875 in donations from museum members $800 from local businesses, and $2,829 from Bluegrass Railroad Museum operating funds.
Passengers who want to experience riding in this first-class car can do so weekends at the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad. The trains run every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. all summer through October.
The first-class fare is $19 for adults, and $17 for children 20-12, and free for children younger than 2. Special fares of $3 additional per ticket apply for the Civil War Train robbery and other special events. Dates of all special events are listed on the Bluegrass Railroad website at www.BluegrassRailroad.com or call 859-873-2476