Reconfiguring Rail Diesel Car-1 M-3 into an Executive Car
The Rail Diesel Car-1 M-3 was built in October 1950 for the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway. It was sold in 1957 to the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) as #560. The car then was acquired by New Jersey Transit in 1983 and subsequently to the Coryden Scenic Railroad in the late 1980s or early 1990s. CVSR purchased it in the fall 2003 and re-numbered it back to its original number M-3. It was restored and unveiled to the public on June 27, 2004. Initially it was used as a private charter car, then in 2005 it was used for Canton service which has since been discontinued. The car had been out of use for the last several years. In the fall of 2019, the car was renovated into an Executive Car as part of CVSR’s Powering Ahead capital campaign in support of a master plan to expand, enhance & preserve its fleet. It includes a lounge area, bar, table seating and restroom and has seating for 36. It is unique in that it operates independently from a trainset. See below for before and after pictures of the upgrades!