Late last month the Northwest Railway Museum was pleased to welcome the Art Hodgins Family to the Train Shed exhibit building for a tour of Chapel Car 5 Messenger of Peace. In 2007 the Hodgins Family graciously donated Messenger of Peace to the Museum where it has been extensively rehabilitated and is now on exhibit.
The Chapel Car 5 was built in 1898 for the American Baptist Publication Society and served the Church for more than 50 years. Later used as a roadside diner in Snohomish County, Art Hodgins Sr. saved the car from the path of a road widening project and preserved the car, first in his back yard, and later on his beachfront property near Grayland, Washington. It was donated and moved to the Museum in 2007.
Rehabilitation is more than 95% complete and several additional features will soon be added to brighten the experience for everyone. Stay tuned for details soon to be announced!