Our 1927 Private Railroad Car is a very unique piece of history and it's one you can touch! The car is named the "Oliver C. Joseph" after the founder of the dealership and it weighs 100 tons. Oliver Dee Joseph bought the car in 1975 from the President of the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania. The Strasburg was founded in 1834 and is still in operation in the famous Pennsylvania Dutch tourist region near Harrisburg. Brad Joseph is now part owner!
The car was originally painted a maroon color and lettered for the railroad that built it: The Pennsylvania and it was named the "Quaker City". Dee Joseph had it repainted into the colors of his favorite railroad, the Great Northern and then shipped to Belleville in February of 1976 via St. Louis Union Station on the back of an Amtrak train.