A mystery regarding Chas. Schwab's railcar


Letter No. 310 | April 26, 2003

Frank Charney's forum letter #307 discusses Charles Schwab, who was President of Bethlehem Steel and who had a large estate in Loretto. I recently found that a railcar named the "Loretto" and built especially for Mr. Schwab is currently in a museum in Spencer, N.C. The car was built in 1901 and has been renovated to new condition by the N.C. Transportation. It is a beauty with stain glass windows, brass beds, inlaid woodwork and marble tables. The car was sold by Bethlehem Steel to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad in S.C. in the 1930's. The railroad donated it to the N.C. museum. More information on the N.C. museum and the Southern railroad work shops in Spencer N.C. which house the railcar and many others can be obtained on http://NCTRANS.ORG.

Frank Buige

Webmaster's note: On receiving Frank's email, it struck me that I remembered seeing Charles Schwab's "Loretto" railcar at the Railroaders Museum in Altoona some years back. I checked their web site but found no mention of it. So I wrote the listed email contact to ask, and received this reply: "The Loretto is here at the museum. Mary Hagadorn, Administrative Assistant, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark, 1300 Ninth Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602."

So, will the real "Loretto" please stand up? —jk




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