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The Philadelphia & Reading Car No. 10, commonly known as “The Reading” during its heyday, is an Edwardian-era business car. Business-class cars were built for the railroad’s top brass—company presidents and other high-level officials. These cars were essentially a house on wheels that transported railroad officials “over the line” to perform their railroad responsibilities. These cars were often the pride of the railroad fleet with their handcrafted woodwork, rich tapestries, over-stuffed furniture, and much more.

Then Philadelphia & Reading Car No. 10, now known as “The President’s Car,” was built in 1913 for George F. Baer, president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) and president of the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College (1894 – 1914). Upon Baer’s death in 1914, Car No. 10 was used by socialite Edward T. Stotesbury who succeeded Baer as President of the P&R.

The railcar came to the Strasburg Rail Road in May of 1964 after three Strasburg Rail Road employees purchased the car from the Reading Railroad. From 1964 until 2002, the car was known as the Paradise Car and sat on a static display at the Strasburg Rail Road. In 2002, the car was fully restored to its original Edwardian splendor and put back on the rails for you to enjoy today!

Year Built: 1913.

Maker: Harlan & Hollingsworth

Length: 83 feet

Weight: 216,000 lbs.

Arrived at Strasburg: May 1964

a train car with wooden cabinets and a fireplace
Comfortable window seats facing each other on a train.
Cushioned chairs and a bench inside the president's car of the Strasburg Rail Road.