Thursday, April 05, 2012

Where are they now?

This old rail car is part of the Historic Train Display at the New York State Fair. This train car, of course, used to belong to the Strates family, of midway rides and carnival shows fame. Now a little bit of history: It was built by Pullman in the late 1920s as a 3 bedroom, 1 drawing room lounge buffet solarium car and was named "Palm Lane". It served many years on the Illinois Central from Chicago to Florida. It was purchased in 1956 by James E. Strates Shows and converted to the private living quarters for the Strates family while traveling with the carnival. It wa donated to the chapter in 1972 after it was filled with water during a flood in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. You will find this exhibit on the train tracks behind the small midway. It is located at the State Fair, off Route 690 in Solvay, NY. (2009)


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