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Adair County Historical Society collection at Kirksville, MO

American Baptist Historical Society collection at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA

Richard R. Anderson.  The Railway Chapel Car: Messenger of Peace Joins the Collection.  The Sounder, Vol. 51, No 6, November 2007.

Barney & Smith Car Company.

History of the Railroad YMCA Movement.  History of the Railroad Y

Rev. C.H. Rust.  A Church on Wheels.  American Baptist Publication Society, 1905. Google Books scan

Master Car Builder’s Association.  Car Builders Dictionary.  Simmons Boardman Publishing, 1898.

Master Car Builder’s Association.  Car Builders Dictionary.  Simmons Boardman Publishing, 1906.

Master Car Builder’s Association.  Car Builders Dictionary.  Simmons Boardman Publishing, 1912.

Wilma Rugh Taylor and Norman Thomas Taylor.  This Train is Bound for Glory: The Story of America’s Chapel Cars.  Judson Press, Valley Forge, 1999. (Updated version available online here.)

Rev. Harry R. Walrath.  God Rides the Rails: Chapel Cars on the Nation’s Railroads.

John H. White, Jr.  The American Railroad Passenger Car.  Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.


Seattle Times, 27 December 2012, Northwest Railway Museum restores historic chapel car, by Erik Lacitis.

Blog post, 31 October 2019 Giving thanks for the Chapel Car

Blog post, 9 October 2018 Finishing a pew

Blog post, 2 October 2018 There is a pew in the chapel car

Blog post, 4 June 2018 Chapel car pews

Blog post, 14 December 2015 Let there be light

Blog post, 14 December 2012 Chapel car married with trucks

Blog post, 11 December 2012 Chapel car trucks

Blog post, 12 September 2012 End of car platforms

Blog post, 31 July 2012 Drawings of the car

Blog post, 5 June 2012 Roof replacement

Blog post, 8 May 2012 Clerestory windows

Blog post, 5 May 2012 Chapel car secrets part 2

Blog post, 27 February 2012 Chapel car secrets part 1

Blog post, 7 November 2011 Chapel car pews

Blog post, 24 October 2011 Repair of car frame completed

Blog post, 16 May 2011 Window restoration

Blog post, 21 March 2011 Preservation field school

Blog post, 22 February 2011 Scenes of the last few days haunt me

Blog post, 16 February 2011 Chapel car rehab begins

Blog post, 20 December 2010 Old project, new project

Blog post, 16 June 2010 Partners in Preservation funds chapel car

Blog post, 27 April 2010 Chapel car travels

Blog post, 22 April, 2010 More on the Messenger

Blog post, 16 April 2010 Vote to fund the chapel car

Blog post, 9 December 2009 Save America's Treasures

Blog post, 17 May 2009 Barney and Smith Car Company

Blog post, 29 April 2009 Railway gospel

Blog post, 2 April 2009 Artifact scholarship

Blog post, 31 March 2009 Landmarks listing

Blog post, 3 March 2009 And the nominee is

Chapel cars of America


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