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Reading Company (more..)
Diner Car (more..)
Broad and Noble  (more..)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (more..)
July 19, 2015
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RDG 1186 (more..)
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Mitch Goldman (more..)
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An old, vandalized and abandoned diner train car sits at the intersection of Broad and Noble in downtown Philadelphia.

Built in 1922, this car is former Reading Company dining car No. 1186. It is seen above, captured back in 2015, sitting at the east end of the former Reading Company "City Branch" that once connected Reading's mainline at Belmont Junction (to the west) to its line into the city, over a viaduct and into Reading Terminal. The branch, which initially saw some passenger trains, was 6 tracks wide but mostly used to service businesses in Philadelphia, its last customer being the Philadelphia Inquirer. The old white Inquirer building is seen standing tall in background. The last train over the branch was in 1992. The viaduct, since bypassed by a tunnel, along with this portion of the ROW are in the process of being converted into a rail trail, known as the Philadelphia "Rail Park".

Car No. 1186 was best known to locals as "Levis Hot Dogs", but also served as a cafe car on the Reading's Iron Horse Rambles. The car was sold in the late 1970s and brought to Philadelphia from Reading, PA where it operated as the "Passport Photo Express" and later in the 1980's, as the "Philly Steak and Bagel Train", first time around painted green with a white stripe and then later painted red, white a blue. It has sat abandoned since 2012, though plans are to restore it for use as the headquarters of the new Philadelphia Rail Park.

I'm due for a visit - it's been 6 years...

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