The National Railway Historical Society, established in 1935 to promote interest in, and appreciation for the historical development of railroads, has awarded a Railway Heritage Grant to the Lee Hall Train Station Foundation, Newport News, VA. The $2500 grant is designated towards the current restoration of a World War II military hospital car, specifically the purchase of six ward car windows.
The NRHS Heritage Grant Program provides financial support to projects that contribute to preservation of, and education about, railway history. Since 1991 the organization has provided a half million dollars to rail preservation efforts, through hundreds of grants to NRHS Chapters and other organizations not affiliated with the NRHS.
The World War II military hospital car was donated to the Lee Hall Train Station Foundation by the Joint Langley – Ft Eustis Command, Newport News, VA. For the past three years, led by LHTSF’s president, Ken Jones, the effort has been ongoing to restore the exterior of the hospital rail car. The project will be dedicated to the sacrifices and the service of military personnel, as well as highlighting the history of rail in Newport News and the United States.
“We are proud to be a recipient of the NRHS’s very competitive grant program!” stated former Newport News Vice Mayor Madeline McMillan, who also serves on the Lee Hall Train Station Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Their support will help to move forward the restoration of the military hospital car for its placement at the historic Lee Hall Depot.”
The Foundation was endorsed and supported in their efforts by the Tidewater Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in Virginia Beach, VA.
For further information, to volunteer, or to make a donation to the World War II Military Hospital Car Restoration Project, please contact Ken Jones, president, Lee Hall Train Station Foundation, 757-570-0428, or firstname.lastname@example.org.