Alexander Chapter- NRHS
Alexander Chapter- NRHS
Lawndale Boxcar #401
So in a nutshell, that's the progress of wooden part of the Lawndale boxcar restoration thus far.

But we still have the trucks (which will be a whole other story) and other hardware to go. Fortunately, much of the minor hardware was still intact with the car, but even so, if not for an ingenius idea by one of our chapter friends, we might have had to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to duplicate and reproduce the missing pieces. Jim King of Smoky Mountain Model Works volunteered his services to duplicate in resin some of the missing pieces of the car's metal work. Click here to see the fruits of his handiwork.

Over $7000 in cash, nearly $10,000 in in-kind donations, and over 400 manhours have been expended so far on the project. It is very important to note that this project might not have been possible without the generosity and mandate of the National Railway Historical Society and the Heritage Grant which enabled this project to even get off the ground.  Keep coming back to this website for updates. If you want to learn more about the Lawndale Railway & Industrial Company, check out the history of the line here

If you want to see our next project, check out the link to the ET&WNC boxcar  project.

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And most importantly, if you would like to make a donation to either the Lawndale or ET&WNC boxcar restorations, please send a tax-deductible check to

Alexander Chapter-NRHS   PO BOX 1205   Hickory, NC 28603.
November 2009 thru January 2010

     (Left) The #401 came to the chapter without doors or door hardware of any kind. Fortunately, the good folks at Metcalfe's, part of the Lawndale Historical Society, let us meticulously pattern our door from their existing boxcar. The #401 is older and shorter than the other existing cars, so we did have some adjustments to make.

   (Both photos, below) First, the basic rectangular frame was constructed, then the custom tongue and groove siding was added. Note the attention to detail in the door frame in the photo below.

The Boxcar Doors
November 2009 thru January 2010

    Photos above and to the left show the progress of the door construction on both sides.

   The photo below illustrates the diagonal braces being added to the inside of the door assembly.

Photo above- the door is test fit onto the door runners and adjusted accordingly. The illustration at right shows an original door handle on the left and a machined duplicate on the right. The new handles have a larger base to accommodate the roller bearings we added to reduce the door's friction on its runner.