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Waynesburg rail coach coming back home

| Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, 11:24 p.m.
Coach 6 from the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad is to return to Waynesburg on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, for restoration. The Greene County Historical Society will use it as exhibit space.
Coach 6 from the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad is to return to Waynesburg on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, for restoration. The Greene County Historical Society will use it as exhibit space.

A 122-year-old rail coach from the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad will come home to Greene County after years in a Connecticut museum.

The Greene County Historical Society will pair Coach 6 with an engine on display at its Waynesburg museum.

A crane operator on Saturday loaded the 26,400-pound passenger car onto a flatbed truck.

Jim Weinschenker, a historical society member who's traveling with the piece to Greene County, said the coach will pull into town Monday.

“For this piece to still exist is absolutely amazing,” Weinschenker said. “It's Greene County history. Our mission is to preserve that history.”

The coach was on display in Waynesburg from 1985 until 1996, before the museum donated it to the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.

Officials there planned to restore the piece, but that never came to pass.

“It was just taking up space,” Weinschenker said. “That's why they decided to part with it.”

The museum in Connecticut tried to sell the coach. When it could not find a buyer, it decided to donate it. Two other museums were interested in the piece.

“Since it was already in our museum, we were at the top of the list,” Weinschenker said.

The 40-foot-long coach was built in November 1892 by the Jackson and Sharp Company in Wilmington, Del., and rail pieces of its kind from that era have become rare.

“That's why we decided to reacquire it,” Weinschenker said.

The coach will be restored and turned into exhibit space.

Coach 6 was retired from the railroad in July 1929. The Waynesburg & Washington Railroad operated from 1876 to 1933.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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