The owner of a 1910 Northern Pacific dining car is looking for covered storage space to start a restoration project, according to Historic Tacoma. Once restored, the car will be publicly displayed to help tell the story of Tacoma’s early railroad history.
Dave Burns, project coordinator, estimates that restoration will take about two years to complete. The car is currently located in the tide flats area and the hope is to find space within that general area.
In 2007, Burns received a $1,000 grant from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund toward his effort to restore the dining car.
If you can lend space or have suggestions, contact Burns at NPDiningcar@comcast.net or (253) 468-8180. To watch a video with more information about the project, click here.
In September 2007, the Tacoma Daily Index interviewed Burns about the project. To read the article, click here.
For more information about Dave Burns and his dining car project, click here.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of Dave Burns’s 1910 Northern Pacific dining car restoration project, click on the following links:
- Local historian will share “Tacoma Then and Now” photos (Tacoma Daily Index, August 7, 2013)
- Covered storage space needed for 1910 dining car restoration (Tacoma Daily Index, November 17, 2009)
- Space needed for 1910 dining car restoration (Tacoma Daily Index, November 14, 2009)
- In an old hilltop mansion, a strong voice for preservation (Tacoma Daily Index, April 14, 2009)
- Apply now for Washington Trust for Historic Preservation grants (Tacoma Daily Index, January 7, 2009)
- A Feast of Railroad History (Tacoma Daily Index, September 4, 2007)