Last stop at Connecticut Museum for subway car buried on September 11


EAST HAVEN, Connecticut – When the PATH 745 car left Hoboken, NJ on September 11, 2001, it was just another day of travel for the subway car and its passengers.

No one could have predicted the events that would change the world that day.

The entire PATH station under the World Trade Center site was evacuated of all passengers and employees that morning, preventing any loss of life on the train or station. Through the events of the day, the car remained perfectly intact.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven hosted this Ground Zero relic in 2015 and is now ready to unveil it to the public.

Check out the slideshow above for a preview of PATH Car 745.

This Sunday, September 11, at 12 p.m., the museum will hold a dedication ceremony for the subway car that survived the World Trade Center collapse. Customers will be able to hop aboard the car and experience what commuters have been through every day as they travel from New Jersey to New York.

Wayne Sandford, of the Shore Line Trolley Museum, said in a statement that the exhibit has been in the works for a long time and thanks to efforts to save the car by Peter Rinaldi, senior technical director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey .

Rinaldi worked on salvage operations at Ground Zero alongside other engineers, police and firefighters.

“[Rinaldi and crew members] ended up at the north end of the PATH WTC 5-way station. The [Rinaldi] climbed onto the platform and passed through the doors of car 745, still open and waiting for passengers who never returned on 9/11, “said Sandford.” He got into the car and into the cabin driving and at this point it became determined that somehow this car must be saved.

“Over 14 years later, his vision came true when Car 745 landed on the rails of the Wagon Museum and became part of our collection.”

Sandford said the museum had also developed a children’s book with author Marie Betts Bartlett on the Underground Car. The museum will also unveil the book on Sunday.


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