NP 1663

1910 Northern Pacific Railway Dining Car 1663
Restoration Project

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Great Discovery This Past Weekend

We had a rather pleasant discovery this past weekend as we removed portions of tin sheets that sat behind the interior, arched transom windows. The car originally had double paned windows. The exterior arched windows were covered up back in 1921 when the steel sheathing was placed over the old wooden exterior.  I had always assumed these transom windows were removed and that the exterior steel sheathing, along with insulation and wood blocking would lie behind the interior windows. This was not the case!
Once uncovered, we were very excited to see the original exterior windows covered in insulation and sandwiched in a manner that kept it intact. The windows were the original old pressed glass with the NP's monad in the center.  Two additional windows revealed the same surprise.  All intact and all very well preserved. What a great find!!

I document as much of the work as possible and you can click on the photo below which will allow you to see the steps we took in uncovering the transom window.

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