PE-530

500 Class or "Five"
Car 530, newly arrived at OERM, August 2007
Car Specs
Car Number: 
530
Type: 
"Medium Five" MU Coach
Builder: 
St. Louis
Built / Retired: 
1909 - 1937
Construction: 
Wood
Seats: 
48
Length: 
43 ft.
Weight: 
58,500 lbs.
Notes: 
body

A sister to PE Car 538, the 530 came to the Museum in 2007 after seventy years as part of a home in Crestline, California, in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. Given its age, the car is remarkably complete and in good condition, especially the interior of the closed section passenger compartment. 

Moving the car out of its former location required some creative thinking and a lot of tree removal. The car was first jacked up off of its foundation and rotated some 30 degrees to point it towards the driveway of the house. Steel channels were then placed under the car, and the carbody itself placed on machinery rollers. A Landoll type trailer was then maneuvered into the driveway and its deck elevated to provide a flat platform for the car to be rolled onto. Upon arrival at the Museum, the car was placed on temporary shop trucks and placed inside Carhouse Seven. 

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The woodwork in the car's closed section is in truly remarkable condition.
The woodwork in the car's closed section is in truly remarkable condition.
Unloading at OERM
Unloading at OERM
On the Road.
On the Road.

Additional Images

530 being winched onto the Landoll trailer. Machinery rollers, rolling in steel
530 being winched onto the Landoll trailer. Machinery rollers, rolling in steel channels placed beneath the car, were used.
530 being winched onto the Landoll trailer. Machinery rollers, rolling in steel
530 being winched onto the Landoll trailer. Machinery rollers, rolling in steel channels placed beneath the car, were used.
On the trailer!
On the trailer!
530 rotated off its foundation, aligning it with the driveway for removal
530 rotated off its foundation, aligning it with the driveway for removal
The woodwork in the car's closed section is in truly remarkable condition.
The woodwork in the car's closed section is in truly remarkable condition.
PE 530 "as discovered" in Crestline, April 2007
PE 530 "as discovered" in Crestline, April 2007

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