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by Craig Altschul

A restored, 65-foot-long wooden, luxury 1903 Pullman train car, called the Sunbeam, will be making its appearance – appropriately enough-at the restored estate of Hldene, says the Burlington Free Press. Hildene was the summer home of President Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, who was also the president of Chicago’s Pullman Place Co., makers of private, luxury rail cars, in the early 1900s. The car features a dining room, parlor, and stained glass windows. The car will be used for research and education about the people who rode and worked on the cars. Stats include a 2-year nationwide search for the car, a 3-year restoration project, a price tag of $1.5 million, and a 1,000 mile journey from the restoration site in Lancaster, S.C. to Hildene. It will be open to the public for touring Aug. 1, 2011.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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