Railcar Restoration

Breathing New Life Into Antique Steel & Wood Railroad Cars

Every neglected passenger or freight car has a unique story to tell—a story of past travels and time periods and ways of life. These stories offer a special glimpse into our history, connecting us to those who’ve ridden the rails before us.

That’s why Strasburg Rail Road Mechanical Services is dedicated to repairing, restoring, and rebuilding railroad cars in a way that brings these stories to life. 

We specialize in the restoration and replication of historic wooden passenger coaches and wooden rolling stock from the 19th and 20th centuries. This means we’re well-versed in the qualities that make each one distinctive. Our team also has a wide breadth of experience in steel railcar restoration.

Rail Car #58 Frame
Rail Car #58 Frame
Rail Car #58 Completed
Rail Car #58 Interior
Rail Car #58 Interior
Rail Car #88 Interior
Rail Car #88 Striping
Rail Car #58 Stripping
Rail Car #92 Truck
Rail Car #105 Before
Rail Car #105 After
Rail Car #118 Framing
Rail Car #118
Rail Car #118
Rail Car #118 Interior
Rail Car Flying 88
Rail Car Henry K. Long Car
Rail Car Windows

Restoration From the Rails Up

Whatever your railcar restoration needs, our masterful craftsmen can work from the rails up—offering everything from frame design and fine lettering to original fabric restoration. Our attention to detail is what sets us apart, and we complete every project with care.

If you’re not sure where to start, our consultants can come to inspect your historic car and determine the project’s scope. Then, we’ll discuss the timeline and costs so that you can make an informed decision. 

Whether your restored steel or wooden passenger train car will be used for touring or display, we’ll be sure that its story is told through our meticulous work.

Case Study

Preserving The Baldwin Locomotive 152

Our mechanical team rebuilds and restores all aspects of the trains, including the construction and refurbishment of wooden passenger cars, like the ones you ride in when you visit Strasburg Rail Road. One of our projects was restoring the Baldwin Locomotive 152 for the Huckleberry Railroad.

Strasburg Mechanical Employees standing by a steam engine part

Get in Touch

Do you have an antique steel or wooden railroad car that’s in need of restoration or repair? Our team would love to bring it back to its former glory. Fill out the form below to get started!