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Chapel Car prepares to move

Moving the Messenger of Peace

Moving a railway car that is nearly 80 feet long over highways and Interstates is a major undertaking. When the car has not moved for nearly 20 years, that adds to the variables. When the car is 110 years old and has to move nearly 200 miles, it becomes challenging. Notwithstanding, the Messenger of Peace moved without incident from a beachfront property near Grayland on the Pacific Ocean to the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie.

It was a beautiful and warm September morning in 2007. Over a dozen Museum volunteers helped prepare the car and Heavy Haul Inc. from Kelso-Longview arrived with a truck and trailer designed specifically to handle railroad cars. Chris Johnson Crane Service from Aberdeen provided the lift onto the truck at Grayland, and Snoqualmie-based Imhoff Contractor Crane Service set the car off the truck.

Crane sets car 5 down on a highway truck trailer Crane lifts from of car 5
The move itself was uneventful. With speeds of typically just 30 mph, the chapel car move did not set any speed records. It did however conclude without any damage to the car and with mimimum costs..

Messenger of Peace loaded on a truck and ready to move.

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