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1860s Train Passenger Coach Replica Used by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison
New for March 2023! • 2m 23s
Guests to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will recognize this prominent artifact: our Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Passenger Coach Replica. But did you know that this railcar has a special connection to our 90th anniversary? Learn more from our Curator of Transportation Matt Anderson.
This coach replicates a typical passenger car used on American railroads circa 1860. Its varnished interior surfaces resisted dirt and stains, while its mohair-covered seats stood up to heavy use. Opening windows offered ventilation in summer, and a woodstove provided heat in winter. Other amenities included a drinking water dispenser and a small restroom.
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