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Name: BOMX No. 130, Hershey Ware
Railroad of Record: B&O Railroad Museum (BOMX)
Type of Car: Passenger Coach (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Coach)
Manufactured by: BUDD Company
Date Built: 1949
Class 3, General and operational use
The Hershey Ware is one of several passenger cars donated to the B&O Museum by the state of Maryland that is currently used in the Museum’s passenger car service. The Hershey Ware was originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) as 21-roomette sleeper by the Budd Company and delivered in June, 1949 as Class PS21B and named the Urbana Inn.
It was rebuilt by the PRR for commuter service and modified as a coach for the 1963/64 New York World’s Fair. With this rebuild, the car was designated as a Class P85L coach and renumbered 1543. For more information on this rebuild, refer to Chuck Blardone’s article, History of the Franklin Inn, in the winter 2011 issue of The Keystone of the PRR Technical and Historical Society.
The 1543 was purchased by the Maryland Department of Transportation in 1979, rebuilt with Head-End-Power by GE-Hornell, NY and renumbered MDOT 1501. In 1991, it received a heavy truck overhaul and was repainted and designated as MARC 130. It was donated to the B&O Museum in 2002.
In 2010, the Museum repainted the car in its current B&O inspired scheme and it was renamed Hershey Ware.
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