Our mission is to preserve the experience of long-distance rail passenger travel on the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and its predecessors through the purchase and restoration of Erie Lackawanna passenger and dining equipment.
ELDCPS is currently developing two programs to further our mission:
The 'Lake Cities' Project:
The 'Lake Cities' was the last of the many Erie Lackawanna passenger trains. ELDCPS is actively working to restore a number of railroad passenger cars with the intent of operating a 'living history' travel experience in northeast Pennsylvania. These excursions will offer the public a glimpse into how America traveled before the jet age, including the culinary experience as practiced in the railroad dining car, and the Pullman sleeping car experience.
Pullman Porter Educational Program:
Machines and railroad cars alone do not tell the story of travel in America. One of the most influential and least understood players in the story of American transportation were the Pullman Porters. ELDCPS is developing an educational program to illustrate the critical role the Pullman Porter had in the development of the middle-class Black community, trade unionism, and the Civil Rights movement.
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