Is IRM going to pursue acquisition of RI commuter coach 2702 -- the one for sale for $11,000? It's an important link in the development of suburban cars and would fill an important niche at the museum. It's is probably the last one left of that fleet of Pullman-Standard suburban coaches prior to the bi-level car era.
I know IRM generally only takes in cars that are FREE but this one is well worth the small price. Is there anyone at IRM able to put in the organizational effort? That effort could include a public poll to find out who would pledge toward the car. I'm sure that poll would reveal there is enough money out there to bring the car to IRM.
Bringing that sole survivor to IRM is the right thing to do. Please do it! I'm waiting for the chance to donate, but there's nothing I can do until one of you IRM insiders takes the lead and organizes a serious effort.
2702 would definitely be a project of a massive effort. It has some sort of giant roadside casino sign installed on it. The interior is completely stripped of anything original. There has been a bathroom build inside of it. It was used as a hunting cabin most recent to its acquisition by Ozark Mountain. That 11,000 could become several more thousand really fast in my opinion, before anyone could say if its possible to restore it. Very special 1 of a kind car for sure.
I will commit something to 2702 if I see a specific fund for it. Supposedly the owners made an effort to keep it original, other than removing seats. Lights, baggage racks, some seats, and shades are in there. Of course the sign comes off (I'll take it), and the junk gets thrown out. From the pictures, it looks to be on the good side of stuff IRM has gotten in the past. I have no clue how reasonable the price is considering how much additional it might cost to move it.
Hello Chris The 2702 is under study by those interested at Irm. Unfortunately, the possible acquisition boils down to $. First ,who will support the Track Storage Charge of $6k then the actually cost of purchase then the cost of moving it. Total monies might exceed $20k. Anybody!?
The owners used it as a video gambling house. Correct me if I am wrong but their is not much left of the interior.