Rail Car Grand Isle
1899 • Wagner Palace Car Company • Moved to Museum: 1960
Dr. William Seward Webb (1851-1926), president of the Rutland Railroad and the Wagner Palace Car Company, lived for part of the year in Shelburne, commuting to New York City in his own private car, the Ellesmere, which was similar to the Museum's Grand Isle. The Grand Isle was originally presented to, and used by, Vermont's governors. J. Watson Webb, Jr. (1916-2000), Electra Webb's son and Dr. Webb's grandson, acquired the Grand Isle and supervised its renovation to commemorate his family's role in the railroad industry.
The mahogany-paneled parlor, elegant dining room, and plush staterooms are typical of the private luxury cars that became important symbols of corporate and personal status in the late 19th century.
Erected by the Shelburne Museum.
Location. 44° 22.46′ N, 73° 14.01′ W. Marker is in Shelburne, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Touch for map. Marker and passenger car are on the Shelburne Museum grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6000 Shelburne Road (US Hwy 7), Shelburne VT 05482, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Rail Car Grand Isle (here, next to this marker); Locomotive 220
Also see . . .
1. Locomotive 220 and Grand Isle Private Rail Car. (Submitted on October 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Rail Car Grand Isle. (Submitted on October 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.